Hamdan bin Mohammed Al Maktoum

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Sheikh Hamdan
H.H. Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum in Summit on the Global Agenda.jpg
Sheikh Hamdan in Summit on the Global Agenda in 2009
Crown Prince of Dubai
Proclamation 1 February 2008 - present
Born (1982-11-14) 14 November 1982 (age 34)
Zabeel Palace, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Full name
Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum
House House of Al-Falasi
Father Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum
Mother Hind bint Maktoum bin Juma Al Maktoum
Religion Islam
Medal record
Representing  United Arab Emirates
World Equestrian Games
Gold medal – first place 2010 Kentucky Team endurance
Gold medal – first place 2014 Normandy Individual endurance
Bronze medal – third place 2010 Kentucky Individual endurance

Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum (Arabic حمدان بن محمد بن راشد آل مكتوم) (born 14 November 1982) is the Crown Prince of Dubai, United Arab Emirates. He is popularly known as Fazza (فزاع), the name under which he publishes his poetry.[1]

Early life and education[edit]

Hamdan Bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum is the son of Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum's and Sheikha Hind bint Maktoum bin Juma Al Maktoum, the senior wife of Mohammed. He is the second son of their 12 children and the fourth of his father's children. Hamdan's elder full brother was Sheikh Rashid bin Mohammed.[2]

Hamdan Bin Mohammed al Maktoum was educated in Dubai at the Rashid School For Boys, and then at the Dubai School of Government.[3] He continued his studies in the United Kingdom where he graduated from Sandhurst in 2001,[4] and later attended the London School of Economics.[5][6] In his interview with Vision he described how Sandhurst taught him the importance of self-discipline, commitment, virtue, responsibility, endurance, understanding, teamwork, friendship and the benefits of hard work.[7]

Roles and positions[edit]

Hamdan was appointed as the chairman of the Dubai executive council in September 2006.[6] On 1 February 2008, he was named as the Crown Prince of Dubai. As the new hereditary prince, he appointed new key personal and financial advisors such as a global economist and a hedge fund tycoon from HN Capital LLP.[6] In July 2009, he was appointed supreme president of the newly founded Hamdan bin Mohammed e-university.[8] He is also the head of the Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid establishment for young entrepreneurs, and sits on the Dubai sports council and the Dubai autism centre.[5] He was part of the Dubai World Expo 2020 delegation when Dubai was awarded the rights to host the event.[9] He also went to the top floor of the Burj Khalifa to wave the UAE flag, a few days after the World Expo 2020 win.[10] He is also the founder of the Hamdan International Photography Award, which was launched in 2011.[11]

Personal life[edit]

Hamdan Al Maktoum is also a horse rider, diver where he dives in Fujairah,[5] and a semi-professional skydiver. He is known for his poems, which are mainly romantic, patriotic and about his family. He publishes his poems under the name Faz'za (فزاع). He also enjoys camels, cars and traveling.[12] His family plays a major role in the Godolphin stables and are also members of the Royal Ascot.[13]

Sheikh Hamdan took individual gold at the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™ 2014 in Normandy (FRA), team gold in 2012 and individual bronze in 2010, and he will lead a team of five UAE riders at Championships in Samorín on September 17, 2016.[14] He is currently the reigning champion and he will partner with Ismael Mohammed-trained Ramaah.[15]

Dubai Royal family
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HH The Emir Sheikh
HH Sheikha Hind

HRH Princess Haya

HH Sheikh Hamdan

HH Sheikh Ahmed

HH Sheikh Mohammed

Titles, styles and honours[edit]

Styles of
The Crown Prince
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Reference style His Highness
Spoken style Your Highness
Alternative style Crown Prince
  • 14 November 1982 – 4 January 2006: Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed Al Maktoum
  • 4 January 2006 – 1 February 2008: His Excellency Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed Al Maktoum[clarification needed]
  • 1 February 2008 – Present: His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai


Foreign honours[edit]



  1. ^ Daily Mail. 10 June 2015. Gilded life of the boy who delighted the Queen at the Derby[better source needed]
  2. ^ Davidson, Christopher M. (29 November 2009). "A tale of two desert dynasties". The Telegraph. Retrieved 16 April 2013. 
  3. ^ "Crown Prince Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum". royalista.com/. Archived from the original on 23 September 2015. Retrieved 19 September 2015. 
  4. ^ "HH Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum"Free registration required. LinkedIn. Retrieved 4 May 2017. 
  5. ^ a b c "Profile: Shaikh Hamdan bin Mohammad Al Maktoum". Gulf News. 1 February 2008. Archived from the original on 9 February 2008. Retrieved 9 January 2008. 
  6. ^ a b c "Shaikh Hamdan appointed Dubai's Crown Prince". Gulf News. 1 February 2008. Archived from the original on 8 February 2008. Retrieved 9 February 2008. 
  7. ^ "A very modern prince". Retrieved 28 July 2016. 
  8. ^ "Hamdan bin Mohammed e-University" (PDF). Almojtama (22): 6. July 2009. Retrieved 16 April 2013. 
  9. ^ "Expo 2020: Dubai celebrates in style". Retrieved 28 July 2016. 
  10. ^ "Shaikh Hamdan waves UAE flag from top of Burj Khalifa - Khaleej Times". Retrieved 28 July 2016. 
  11. ^ "Hamdan International Photography Award". artdubai.ae. Retrieved 19 September 2015. 
  12. ^ "Fazza.ae". Retrieved September 17, 2016. 
  13. ^ Wam. "Mohammed, Hamdan at the second day of Royal Ascot". emirates247. Retrieved 28 February 2017. 
  15. ^ "Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed gets ready to retain World Equestrian Games title". Retrieved September 17, 2016. 
  16. ^ Boletín Oficial del Estado

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