Hind bint Maktoum bin Juma Al Maktoum

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Hind bint Maktoum bin Juma Al Maktoum
Proclamation 4 January 2006 - present
Born (1962-02-12) 12 February 1962 (age 56)
Spouse Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum (m. 1979)
Issue Sheikha Hessa (b. 1980)
Sheikh Rashid (b. 1981; d. 2015)
Sheikh Hamdan, Crown Prince of Dubai (b. 1982)
Sheikh Maktoum (b. 1983)
Sheikh Ahmed (b. 1987)
Sheikh Saeed (b. 1988)
Sheikha Latifa (b. 1985)[citation needed]
Sheikha Maryam (b. 1992)
Sheikha Shaikha (b. 1992)
Sheikha Futaim (b. 1994)
Sheikha Salamah (b.1999)
Sheikha Shamma (b. 2001)[1]
House Al Falasi
House of Maktoum
Father Sheikh Maktoum bin Juma Al Maktoum
Mother Sheikha Shaikha bint Saeed bin Maktoum Al Maktoum
Religion Sunni Islam

Sheikha Hind bint Maktoum bin Juma Al Maktoum (Arabic: الشيخة هند بنت مكتوم بن ُجمعة ال مكتوم; born 12 February 1962) is the senior wife and consort of Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, ruler of Dubai.[2] They were married on 26 April 1979. She is the mother of twelve of her husband's twenty-three children, including his heir apparent Hamdan bin Mohammed Al Maktoum, the Crown Prince of Dubai.[3]


Sheikh Saeed bin Maktoum Al Maktoum, ruler of Dubai (right), and his brother Sheikh Juma bin Maktoum Al Maktoum (left), respectively the maternal and paternal grandfathers of Hind.

Sheikha Hind is the paternal granddaughter of Juma bin Maktoum Al Maktoum, brother of Emir Saeed II of Dubai, grandfather of the current Sheikh. She is also the niece of Sheikh Ahmad Bin Juma Al Maktoum who died in 2009.[4]

Her mother Sheikha Shaikha bint Saeed bin Maktoum Al Maktoum (who died on 28 January 2017) is the daughter of Emir Saeed II of Dubai, making Sheikha Hind a first cousin to her husband through her mother as well as second cousin of her husband through her father.


In 1979, at the age of 17, Hind Bint Maktoum married her cousin, Sheikh Mohammed Rashid, almost 13 years older than her. Their wedding was Dubai's first major public event. Elaborate arrangements were made to celebrate the event; the wedding was a lavish one that one could easily have mistaken it for a national festival rather than a nuptial. A 20,000 seater stadium was built to host the wedding which featured displays of horse and camel riding, and an aerobatics display by the Dubai Air Force. The total cost of the wedding celebrations was estimated to be around $100 million.[5] After her marriage, Sheikha Hind remained a traditional Arab wife and faithfully follows the Islamic purdah system by never accompanying her husband to his race meetings. She is rarely seen in other public events.[6] Even her photograph has never been shown publicly.[7][8]

Being the Sheikh's senior wife and consort, Sheikha Hind is the royal family's chief matriarch and resides with her family in the Zabeel Palace (Ruler's palace) in Dubai. The Sheikh's junior wife leads a separate existence. Sheikha Hind oversees the upbringing of her children and a smattering of orphans she has adopted out of charity.[7]


Sheikha Hind has 12 children[9][10]

Name Lifespan Notes
Hessa bint Mohammed Al Maktoum 6 November 1980 (1980-11-06) (age 37) Sheikh Saeed bin Dalmouk bin Juma Al Maktoum (m. 2008)
Rashid bin Mohammed Al Maktoum 12 November 1981 – 19 September 2015 (2015-09-20) (aged 33)
Hamdan bin Mohammed Al Maktoum 14 November 1982 (1982-11-14) (age 35) Crown Prince of Dubai
Maktoum bin Mohammed Al Maktoum 24 November 1983 (1983-11-24) (age 34) Deputy ruler of Dubai
Ahmed bin Mohammed Al Maktoum 7 February 1987 (1987-02-07) (age 31) head of the UAE olympic committee
Saeed bin Mohammed Al Maktoum 20 March 1988 (1988-03-20) (age 30)
Latifa bint Mohammed Al Maktoum 30 March 1989 (1989-03-30) (age 29) Mohammed bin Hamad bin Mohammed Al Sharqi (m. 2009)
Maryam bint Mohammed Al Maktoum 11 January 1992 (1992-01-11) (age 26) Suhail bin Ahmed bin Juma Al Maktoum (m. 2018)[11]
Shaikha bint Mohammed Al Maktoum 20 December 1992 (1992-12-20) (age 25) Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa (m. 2009)
Futaim bint Mohammed Al Maktoum 22 July 1994 (1994-07-22) (age 23)
Salamah bint Mohammed Al Maktoum 8 August 1999 (1999-08-08) (age 18)
Shamma bint Mohammed Al Maktoum 13 November 2001 (2001-11-13) (age 16)

Sheikha Hind Women’s Sport Tournament[edit]

The tournament was launched on December 17, 2012, at the Dubai World Trade Centre and was organized by the Women's Sport Committee of the Dubai Sports Council, under the patronage of Sheikha Hind, and under the guidance of her son, Shiekh Hamdan, the Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of Dubai Sports Council (DSC). The sports tournament is meant to encourage women to come out and actively participate in fitness and sports activities.[12]

Charity work and donations[edit]

In January, 2013, Sheikha Hind, donated three planes to airlift the United Arab Emirates national football team’s fans from Manama in Bahrain to Dubai following UAE's splendid 1-0 victory over Kuwait in the semi-final of the 2013 Gulf Cup of Nations. The initiative was highly appreciated by the sports community in general and the UAEFA in particular.[13]

In June 2013, The Mohammed bin Rashid Charity and Humanitarian Establishment distributed 4100 smart cards of Ramadan Ration by donation of Sheikha Hind bint Maktoum in its charitable programmes for the Holy Month of Ramadan, aiming at distributing basic foodstuff to the needy and poor families in the emirate of Dubai and northern areas. Ibrahim Boumelha, Vice Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Foundation, expressed his gratitude and thanks to Sheikha Hind for her moral and material support for various charitable projects, undertaken by the Foundation for the benefit of the citizens and residents expatriates, particularly in the Holy Month of Ramadan.[14]

Titles, styles and honours[edit]

  • 12 February 1962 – 26 April 1979: Sheikha Hind bint Maktoum bin Juma Al Maktoum
  • 26 April 1979 – 4 January 2006: Her Highness Sheikha Hind bint Maktoum bin Juma Al Maktoum
  • 4 January 2006 – present: Her Highness Sheikha Hind bint Maktoum bin Juma Al Maktoum



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  3. ^ Maxine Block; Anna Herthe Rothe; Marjorie Dent Candee; Charles Moritz (2008). Current Biography Yearbook. H. W. Wilson Co. p. 22. 
  4. ^ Hartley, Joanna (23 March 2009). "UAE Sheikh Ahmad Bin Juma Al Maktoum dies". Arabianbusiness.com. Retrieved 20 July 2013. 
  5. ^ "Top weddings of all time Sheikh Mohammed al Maktoum of Dubai & Sheikha Hind Bint Maktoum (1979)". MSN News. 21 November 2011. Archived from the original on 2 February 2014. Retrieved 20 July 2013. 
  6. ^ "A fine filly". Mail Online. 5 May 2004. Retrieved 20 July 2013. [better source needed]
  7. ^ a b Krane, Jim (2009). City of Gold: Dubai and the Dream of Capitalism. Macmillan. pp. 192, 193. ISBN 9781429918992. 
  8. ^ Adams, Tim (28 April 2013). "Sheikh Mohammed: the ruler with real horsepower". The Guardian. Retrieved 29 July 2013. 
  9. ^ Wardrop, Murray (15 March 2011). "Sheikh's British palace staff worked in 'culture of fear'". The Telegraph. Retrieved 29 July 2013. 
  10. ^ "Hind bint Maktoum bin Juma Al Maktoum". RootsWeb. Retrieved 20 July 2013. [better source needed]
  11. ^ Kapadia, Yousuf Saifuddin. "Video: Sheikh Mohammed's daughter gets married in Dubai". www.khaleejtimes.com. Retrieved 2 February 2018. 
  12. ^ "Sheikha Hind Women's Tournament set for grand opening on December 17". Emirates 24/7. December 16, 2012. Retrieved 20 July 2013. 
  13. ^ "Sheikha Hind initiative appreciated". UAEFA. January 16, 2013. Retrieved 20 July 2013. 
  14. ^ WAM (June 26, 2013). "Mohammed bin Rashid Est. distributes 4100 smart cards of Ramadan Ration by donation of Sheikha Hind bint Maktoum". Emirates 24/7. Retrieved 20 July 2013. 

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