Rashid bin Mohammed Al Maktoum

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Rashid bin Mohammed Al Maktoum
Crown Prince of Dubai (2006-2008)[citation needed]
Member of the house of Al-Falasi
Born(1981-11-12)12 November 1981
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Died18 September 2015(2015-09-18) (aged 33)
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Bur Dubai's Umm Hurair cemetery
Full name
Sheikh Rashid bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum
الشيخ راشد بن محمد آل مكتوم
FatherMohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum
MotherHind bint Maktoum bin Juma Al Maktoum
ReligionSunni school
Styles of
Sheikh Rashid bin Mohammed Al Maktoum
Reference styleHis Highness
Spoken styleYour Highness
Alternative styleSir

Sheikh Rashid bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum (Arabic: الشيخ راشد بن محمد آل مكتوم‎, styled HH Sheikh Rashid; 12 November 1981 – 18 September 2015) was the son of United Arab Emirates Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum and Sheikha Hind bint Maktoum bin Juma Al Maktoum.[2]. At the age of 33, he died, according to the official report, of a heart attack on 18 September 2015.[3] He has a son named Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum.[1] Rashid was the second oldest son of Dubai ruler Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, his eldest brother Marwan (son of a Greek wife) having been bypassed for succession presumably due to his mother's nationality and her not being of Emirati royal origin.


Sheikh Rashid was one of Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum's many children.[4] He was born on 12 November 1981.[5] Rashid was educated in Dubai at the Rashid School for Boys. He then attended Sandhurst Military Academy in the United Kingdom and graduated in 2002.[2]

On 1 February 2008, Rashid was removed from the position of Crown Prince of Dubai by his father for killing a servant in a drug induced rage. His father Mohammad bin Rashid Al Maktoum appointed his younger brother Hamdan Crown Prince of Dubai.[5] Quite why this should have happened remained unclear, with the official explanation being that the current incumbent Hamdan was simply better suited to the job. That, however, was not the explanation bandied about in the upper echelons of Emirati society at the time or among the diplomatic community. The reason for the change in succession was revealed in a confidential memo sent from the US consulate in Dubai back to Washington. In the leaked diplomatic cable – published by WikiLeaks – acting consul general David Williams wrote: "It is alleged that Rashid killed an assistant in the Ruler's office, thereby forfeiting his opportunity to be heir."[4]

In January 2006 Sheikh Rashid was appointed President of the UAE Olympic Committee. However, in 2010 he resigned from his position on account of his overloaded work schedule.[citation needed]

Sheikh Rashid was a principal partner or owner in the following listed companies:

  • Tesla, Principal Partner
  • Noor Investment Group, Principal Partner
  • Noor Bank, Principal Partner
  • United Holdings Group Dubai, Owner
  • Zabeel Racing International, Owner[5]
  • Dubai Holding Company, Principal Partner


Sheikh Rashid was a well-known sports figure in the UAE. He participated in a number of International and local Equestrian Endurance competitions winning a number of laurels. His greatest achievement was winning two gold medals in the 2006 Asian Games 120 km Endurance individual mixed as well as 120 km Endurance Team Mixed events. He owned Zabeel Racing, the Dubai stables where his horses were trained. Sheikh Rashid led the individual owners list an unprecedented five times with over 428 wins. Sheikh Rashid was also a football fan; his favourite club was Manchester United.[5]

Awards and honors[edit]

Sheikh Rashid won two gold medals riding in endurance races at the Asian Olympics in 2006. His personal net worth, as estimated by Forbes in 2010, was approximately $1.9 billion US dollars.


On the morning of 18 September 2015, Sheikh Rashid bin Mohammed died of a heart attack at the age of 33 according to the United Arab Emirates state news agency WAM.[6][7][8][9][10][11][12] A three-day mourning period was declared in Dubai upon his death and the United Arab Emirates flags were flown at half mast[13] Funeral prayers were held after Maghrib prayers at Zabeel Mosque. His burial was held on 19 September 2015 in Bur Dubai's Umm Hurair cemetery.[14]



  1. ^ a b "Mohammed Bin Rashid Almaktoum (@mr_mr_almaktoum) • Instagram photos and videos". www.instagram.com. Retrieved 26 October 2016.
  2. ^ a b "Life and times of late Rashid bin Mohammed [1981-2015]". Emirates 247. 20 September 2015. Retrieved 20 September 2015.
  3. ^ "Shaikh Rashid Bin Mohammad dies of heart attack". Gulf News. 19 September 2015. Retrieved 19 September 2015.
  4. ^ a b "DUBAI DESIGNATES CROWN PRINCE AND DEPUTY RULER". WikiLeaks. Retrieved 19 September 2015.
  5. ^ a b c d Alexander Sehmer (24 September 2015). "Sheikh Rashid bin Mohammed profile: the Dubai royal kept out of the public spotlight". Independent. Retrieved 9 November 2015.
  6. ^ "Who really was Dubai's Sheikh Rashid bin Mohammed?". The Independent. 25 September 2015.
  7. ^ "Mysterious death of party boy 'prince'".
  8. ^ "U.A.E mourning Sheikh Rashid, son of Dubai's ruler, dead at 33". Al Arabiya. 19 September 2015. Retrieved 3 October 2015.
  9. ^ "Sheikh Rashid bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum dies of heart attack". Emirates 24/7. 19 September 2015. Retrieved 19 September 2015.
  10. ^ "Rashid bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum passes away". Archived from the original on 23 September 2015.
  11. ^ "Yemen Media Claims Dubai Prince Killed By Terrorists Not Heart Attack – OpEd". Eurasia Review. 23 September 2015. Retrieved 3 October 2015.
  12. ^ "Yemeni forces killed son of Dubai ruler in Ma'rib". abna24. 21 September 2015. Retrieved 3 October 2015.
  13. ^ "Mourning declared following the death of HH Rashid bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum". GCC Daily. Archived from the original on 26 September 2015.
  14. ^ Report, Staff (19 September 2015). "Shaikh Rashid Bin Mohammad dies of heart attack". Gulf News. Retrieved 28 July 2016.