Maktoum bin Mohammed Al Maktoum
Sheikh Maktoum bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum is the deputy ruler of Dubai, the Chairman of Dubai Media Incorporated. He was named as the deputy ruler of Dubai in February 2008 when his elder brother Hamdan was made crown prince. Maktoum was born in 24 November 1983 in Dubai, he is the third son of Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum. His mother is Sheikha Hind bint Maktoum bin Juma Al Maktoum, he completed his high school at Rashid Private School and graduated from the American University in Dubai with a bachelor's degree in Business Administration in 2005. He attended numerous training courses in the Dubai School of Government, as well as Harvard University. Sheikh Maktoum chairs the Board of Directors of Dubai Media Incorporated and serves as the Chairman of Dubai Technology and Media Free Zone Authority. Sheikh Maktoum has accompanied the President of the United Arab Emirates, Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, to numerous conferences and official visits, he has accompanied Sheikh Mohammed to several Gulf and international political and economic conferences.
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Hamdan bin Mohammed Al Maktoum
Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum is the Crown Prince of Dubai, United Arab Emirates. He is popularly known as Fazza, the name under which he publishes his poetry, which means "the one who helps" in Arabic. Hamdan Bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum is the son of Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum and Sheikha Hind bint Maktoum bin Juma Al Maktoum, the senior wife of Mohammed, he is the fourth of his father's children. Hamdan's elder full brother was Sheikh Rashid bin Mohammed. Hamdan Bin Mohammed al Maktoum was educated in Dubai at the Rashid School For Boys, at the Dubai School of Government, he continued his studies in the United Kingdom where he graduated from Sandhurst in 2001, attended the London School of Economics. In his interview with Vision he described how Sandhurst taught him the importance of self-discipline, virtue, endurance, teamwork and the benefits of hard work. Hamdan was appointed as the chairman of the Dubai executive council in September 2006. 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. In July 2009, he was appointed president of Hamdan Bin Mohammed Smart University Hamdan Bin Mohammed e-University, he is the head of the Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Establishment for young entrepreneurs, sits on the Dubai sports council and the Dubai autism centre. He was part of the Dubai World Expo 2020 delegation when Dubai was awarded the rights to host the event, he went to the top floor of the Burj Khalifa to wave the UAE flag, a few days after the World Expo 2020 win. He is the founder of the Hamdan International Photography Award, launched in 2011; the Crown Prince's Instagram account has more than 7.5 million followers as of February 2019. Hamdan Al Maktoum is a horse rider, a skydiver and a diver, he dives in Fujairah. He is known for his patriotic poems, he publishes his poems under the name Faz3. He is a camel jockey and a speed car racer.
He plays a major role in the Godolphin stables. He is a member of the Royal Ascot. Sheikh Hamdan won a gold medal at the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™ 2014 in Normandy, team gold in 2012 and a bronze medal in 2010, he led a team of five UAE riders at Championships in Samorín on September 17, 2016. 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 1 February 2008 – Present: His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai Knight Grand Cross of the Order of Civil Merit. Cannes Award for Education in recognition of his role in the field of education in the Middle East and North Africa and for leading Hamdan Bin Mohammed Smart University. Official Website - Arabic & English Official Instagram Account Official and only instagram account of Hamdan
The Liwa Oasis is a large oasis area in the Western Region of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, the United Arab Emirates. Liwa Oasis is about 97.6 km south of the Persian Gulf coast and 150 km southwest of the city of Abu Dhabi, on the northern edge of Rub' al Khali desert. It is centered around 23°08′N 53°46′E and stretches about 100 km east-west, along an arch curved to the north, it consists of some 50 villages. The geographic and economic center of the oasis is Muzayri`, where the highway from Abu Dhabi enters the oasis and divides to the east and west. According to the census of population of 2005, the population was 20,196. Earlier estimates judging from satellite images which gauged the population at 50,000 to 150,000, were too high; the villages of Liwa Oasis are the southernmost settlements of Abu Dhabi and of the United Arab Emirates. The southern border of Abu Dhabi with Saudi Arabia, which runs at a distance between 16 and 35 km to the Oasis, is a straight line in the Rub al Khali desert, uninhabited.
Mahdar Bin `Usayyan is the southernmost village of the Emirates, the easternmost of the oasis. 10 km south of the border, 40 km south of the eastern part of the oasis is the Saudi oil facility Shaybah. However, there is no road linking Liwa Oasis and Shaybah, no border crossing. A modern, multi-lane highway connects the oasis area to Abu Dhabi; the USGS Geographic Names Database lists 39 populated places in the area of the oasis, which are listed from west to east in the following table. An important traditional branch of the economy is date farming. There is a widespread use of drip greenhouses; the importance of tourism is on the rise. There are several hotels in the area including the Liwa Hotel in Muzayri`, Tilal Liwa Hotel, the Liwa Rest House in the same village and run by the government of Abu Dhabi, the resort Qasr Al Sarab; the nearby Moreeb dune, 22 kilometres south of Muzayri` on a small road, is 300 metres high, is one of the largest dunes in the world. It attracts people every year during the Liwa festival a large number of international and local visitors coming to see the offroad and camel racing events.
The oasis is the place of birth of the ruling families of Abu Dubai. In 1793, the ruling family Al Nahyan moved their residence from Liwa to the city of Abu Dhabi. Traditionally, men from Liwa were pearl divers on the coast during the summer months. Pearl diving offered an additional source of income. Media related to Liwa Oasis at Wikimedia Commons Liwa Desert Activities
Saeed bin Maktoum bin Rashid Al Maktoum
Sheikh Saeed bin Maktoum bin Rashid Al Maktoum is a member of the ruling family of Dubai, businessman and a former Olympian sport shooter. He owns a UAE football club. Sheikh Saeed is the son of Maktoum bin Rashid Al Maktoum, former Emir of Dubai, his uncle is the incumbent Emir of Dubai, Vice President and Prime Minister of UAE, Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, he represented UAE in 2004, 2008 and 2012 Olympics in skeet shooting. He competed at 2006 Asian Games and 2007 Pan Arab Games. Coached by Lithuanian shooter Leonas Molotokas In 2011, he won gold in the ISSF World Cup Finals in Al Ain, UAE, he won gold in the 2011 Pan-Arab Games in Doha, Qatar. In 2010, he won 9th Arab Shooting Championship at the Fahad Al Ahmed Complex in Kuwait. In 2006, he won Asian Shooting Championships in skeet, he is owner of famous racehorses including Lammtara of the Godolphin Stables. He was the chairman of Al-Shabab football club, he sponsored 1000 Dunes Rally in 2008. Sheikh Saeed has 11 children. Sheikha Suhaila Al Hamedi - Sheikha Moza and Sheikh Rashid who are twins born in 2000.
- Sheikh Khalifa born on 26 October 2001. - Sheikh Maktoum born on 21 March 2003. - Sheikh Mohammed born in 2005. - Sheikha Shaikha born in 2012. Sheikha Aisha - Sheikha Alia born in 2007. - Sheikha Latifa born in 2012. Sheikha Zeynab Javadli - Sheikha Sana born in 2016. - Sheikha Asiya born on 19 December 2017. - Sheikha Salama born on 19 January 2019
Majid bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum
Majid bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum referred to as Sheikh Majid, is the fifth son of Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister of UAE and Emir of Dubai. He is the brother of Sheikha Maitha, Sheikha Shamsa, Sheikha Latifa. Sheikh Majid started his education in Dubai where he graduated from Rashid School For Boys in 2005. According to Sheikh Majid, his prime influence and greatest role model has been his father Sheikh Mohammed. After graduating from Rashid School For Boys, Sheikh Majid joined the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst in the United Kingdom, he was honored with Sword of Honour upon his graduation from Royal Military Academy Sandhurst in 2007 among 484 cadets. Sheikh Majid participated in a series of military camps and leadership seminars before enrolling in Dubai Police Academy where he studied security crisis management, his thesis, "Ingenuity in Crisis Management in line with the Vision of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum," was informed by his studies at Royal Military Academy Sandhurst and Dubai Police Academy and by the ideology of his father Sheikh Mohammed.
He graduated from Dubai Police Academy on 18 November 2009. Sheikh Majid belongs to the Al Maktoum family, the ruling family of UAE; the net worth of the Al Maktoum family is estimated at more than 20 billion dollars. According to Forbes, they are the fifth richest royals in the world. In March 2008, Dubai Culture and Arts Authority was established by a decree issued by Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Makhtoum and Sheikh Majid Bin Mohammed was appointed as Chairman of the entity on the basis of the leadership capabilities showed by him and his definite interest in culture from a young age. DCAA's goal under Sheikh Majid leadership is to achieve the vision of Dubai Strategic Plan 2015 and to be a cultural center point for all communities and individuals in Dubai to showcase their artistic and cultural talent and to assert Dubai's role as a multi-ethnic city which unites everyone under its umbrella. Sheikh Majid is no longer the Chairman for Dubai Culture and Arts Authority since 2014. Sheikh Majid became an ambassador of the Dubai Cares campaign along with his siblings, where he was a representative diplomat on behalf of Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum in several Islamic countries in Africa and Asia where the campaign's framework included providing education and knowledge infrastructure for over one million children in both Arabic and Islamic countries.
Sheikh Majid said: "Dubai Cares teaches the children in Dubai how to care for deprived and unfortunate children across the world, strengthening attributes of care and concern for others makes them better people and makes our future bright and hopeful. There are significant lessons to be learned from such an initiative and we should make sure that our children in Dubai learn how to give, communicate and contribute to a good cause". There are eight libraries located in the Dubai Culture Centre, that have a valuable holding of books about history and culture in the UAE; as a Chairman of The Dubai Culture and Arts Authority, Sheikh Majid assumed ownership of these libraries and aims to improve services and introduce new initiatives to meet the growing demand for reading and literature. He supports amongst others various educational programmes, organization of book readings and signings, training sessions and cross-cultural exhibits, recognises the importance of public libraries in bringing Dubai's eclectic mix of cultures and as a way of holding them closer together.
The Youth Media Award aims to stimulate creative energies of emerging media talents in the UAE. The goal of this initiative is to develop employment skills for UAE national youth to be able to handle executive and managerial positions, it is considered the first of its kind in the city of Dubai. A special institution to highlight everything related to the art of calligraphy, as part of a process to bringing this art form to the fore and introduce to the world. "Al Ajer" initiative takes place during Ramadan. This initiative was launched in order to allow young citizens of the UAE to be able to perform Umrah with their parents. Sheikh Majid is a sportsman and is interested in the traditional sports of horse riding and camel riding as well as football and shooting and pursues his interests in these sports. CrossFit is an elite fitness-training program, used in training military and police personnel, it become more mainstream and is now considered a sport or a way of living. Sheikh Majid is considered a pioneer and a guru of introducing CrossFit to the UAE.
Dubai Fitness Competition comes in line with the vision and directions of Sheikh Majid to raise awareness on the importance of exercising and promoting fitness across the UAE to individuals and in particular Emirati citizens. Sheikh Majid has a love for horse riding, his love can be understood by his participation in many different horse endurance races. He led the UAE endurance team to victory at the 11th Pan Arab Games in Cairo in 2007, winning two gold medals in the individual and team events. In November 2008, he once again led the UAE endurance team to victory in the International Equestrian Federation World Endurance Championship that took place in Malaysia and brought back the gold medal. In the presence of Sheikh Majid and under his guidance, the horse marathon takes place in Dubai Riders meet once a year for the marathon; the committee works in close coordination with the Dubai Endurance Race Club, which supervises all the preparations, from registering the horse riders to co
Latifa bint Mohammed Al Maktoum (II)
Sheikha Latifa bint Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum is an Emirati princess and a member of the Dubai royal family. Her father, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, is the Prime Minister of the UAE, her mother, Houria Ahmed Lamara, is from Algeria. Sheikha Latifa has two half-sisters with the same name, she is the full sister of Sheikha Maitha, Sheikha Shamsa, Sheikh Majid. Princess Latifa escaped from Dubai in late February 2018 and was forcibly returned from international waters near the Indian coast by a joint India-Emirates operation on 4 March 2018. In December 2018, the Dubai royal court said. In a video statement, Princess Latifa said that she and her brother Sheikh Majid spent their early childhood under the care of their paternal aunt, her early education was at the Dubai English Speaking School and at the International School of Choueifat, with one year at Latifa School for Girls. Sheikha Latifa is an experienced skydiver coached by former world champion skydiver Stefania Martinengo and held Accelerated freefall Instructor rating.
On 24 February 2018, Princess Latifa and her Finnish friend, Tiina Jauhiainen left Dubai in a car and crossed the border to Oman. They left Oman on jet skis and joined American/French citizen and former french intelligence officer Hervé Jaubert and his crew on the yacht Nostromo. On 26 February 2018, Princess Latifa made contact with a British-based attorney Radha Stirling of Detained in Dubai, notifying them of her departure from Dubai and posted a few departing messages on her social media account, detailing the circumstances and reasons for her departure. On 3 March 2018, before her disappearance near the coast of India, Jaubert made contact with an Indian journalist in preparation for the end of their journey. On 4 March 2018, Princess Latifa and Jauhiainen, along with the crew of three Philippine nationals were intercepted by Indian authorities, while approaching Goa, on board a US-registered yacht named Nostromo with the call sign WDG9847. On 9 March 2018, the Daily Mail broke the news of the disappearance of Nostromo and those aboard, after being contacted by Princess Latifa's representatives.
She had made a 39-minute video before the escape attempt, to be released in case her life was in danger. It was made public on 11 March 2018. Recorded at Tiina's apartment, the video explains her family background and the circumstances leading to her decision to flee. In the video, she accuses her father of maltreatment of both her and sister Shamsa along with other serious charges including murder; the Finnish National Bureau of Investigation confirmed the disappearance of Jauhiainen and the opening of an investigation in collaboration with the Finnish Ministry for Foreign Affairs. The brother of Jauhiainen confirmed her friendship with Princess Latifa. On 20 March 2018, the yacht Nostromo was spotted at the port of Fujairah in the UAE on MarineTraffic as its AIS tracking system was turned on, it left next day for Sri Lanka with the released crew, including Jaubert and three Filipino nationals on board. Nostromo reached Galle, Sri Lanka on 2 April 2018. On 22 March 2018, Princess Latifa's companion Jauhiainen was found, prompting the Finnish Ministry for Foreign Affairs to terminate its search in cooperation with the Dubai authorities.
The location in which Jauhiainen was found and details of prior events were not shared but she returned from Dubai to Finland via London on the night of 22 March 2018 via an Emirates flight, according to her family. According to Detained in Dubai, a number of people were detained or interrogated in connection to the event in UAE and Oman, notably Christian Elombo, a French national whose family is living in Luxembourg. After being released without charges, he was again taken into custody in Luxembourg on 6 April 2018 under an Interpol Red Notice issued by the UAE; the notice was retracted without notification or producing any evidence for the cited kidnapping charges on 8 May 2018, resulting in an additional 41-day detention of Christian Elombo from 6 April to 17 May 2018. In December 2018, prior to the release of a BBC Two documentary Escape from Dubai, the Dubai royal court released a statement saying that Latifa was safe at home. On 25 December, photographs taken on 15 December were released showing Latifa alongside Mary Robinson, former United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights and former President of Ireland.
According to the testimonies of the crew, the yacht was being searched for by an Indian Coast Guard search and rescue aircraft with the aircraft registration SAR CG 782 on 3 March 2018. On the day of interception the yacht was again scouted by another aircraft. Before the raid on 4 March 2018, three marine vessels were spotted on radar by Nostromo's crew, tailing it at a speed of less than five knots. Two of the vessels were identified as ICGS Shoor, ICGS Samarth, described in media statements by Jaubert as "The two coast guards vessels had a huge marking on the side of the hull, which read'Indian coast guards' and one had an ID number painted: 11". After sunset two unmarked speedboats carrying six to eight armed personnel in full military gear and Tavor assault rifles were launched from these ships to intercept Nostromo; the raid began with use of stun and smoke grenades to disorient and incapacitate the crew followed by them being handcuffed and beaten. After being taken over by Indian Coast Guard the yacht was boarded by at least ten Emirati special forces personnel who arrived by helicopter.
Princess Latifa despite claiming asylum
Maktoum bin Rashid Al Maktoum
Maktoum bin Rashid Al Maktoum referred to as Sheikh Maktoum was the Vice President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates and the emir of Dubai. He was born in 1943 in Dubai to the Al Maktoum family of the Al Bu Falasah tribe, his father Sheikh Rashid bin Saeed Al Maktoum became the Ruler of Dubai upon the death of his own father, Sheikh Saeed bin Maktoum bin Hasher Al Maktoum, in 1958. Sheikh Maktoum was Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates first from the country's independence on 9 December 1971 until 25 April 1979, when he was replaced by his father, Vice President since 1971. Following his father's death on 7 October 1990, he resumed his position as Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates, took over as Ruler of Dubai and Vice President of the United Arab Emirates, he served in all three positions until his death on 4 January 2006. Sheikh Maktoum briefly served as acting President of the United Arab Emirates on 2–3 November 2004 between the death of Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan and the proclamation and installation of his son Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan as President of the United Arab Emirates on 4 November 2004.
Sheikh Maktoum ran the emirate of Dubai along with his two brothers, Sheikh Mohammed and Sheikh Hamdan of the United Arab Emirates. Internationally, he was known as co-owner of Dubai's Godolphin Stables, which competes in major horse races around the world. Sheikh Maktoum bin Rashid al Maktoum died on the morning of 4 January 2006, suffering a heart attack while staying at Palazzo Versace Hotel in Gold Coast, Australia, he was succeeded by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum as ruler of Dubai. His body was buried in Dubai. Timeline of Dubai List of national leaders Official web page of HH Sheikh Maktoum bin Rashid Al Maktoum Obituary: Sheikh Maktoum BBC Shaikh Maktoum Bin Rashid Al Maktoum dies Gulf News