Khalid bin Mohammed Al Qasimi

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Khalid bin Mohammed Al Qasimi
Sheikh, Dr
Emir of Sharjah
Reign 1965 - 1972
Predecessor Saqr bin Sultan Al Qasimi
Successor Sultan bin Muhammad Al-Qasimi
Born 1931 (1931)[1][better source needed]
Died January 25, 1972(1972-01-25) (aged 40–41)
House Al Qasimi
Father Sheikh Mohammed Bin Saqr Bin Khalid Al Qasimi

Dr. Sheikh Khalid bin Mohammed Al Qasimi was ruler of the Emirate of Sharjah, United Arab Emirates from 1965 to 1972.

Biography[edit]

Sheikh Khalid acceded as Ruler of Sharjah following the exile of his cousin, Sheikh Saqr bin Sultan Al Qasimi, who was removed as Ruler of Sharjah with the unanimous consent of the ruling family.[2] His status as Ruler was confirmed by William Luce, the British political resident in Bahrain, on the 25th June 1965.[3] A quiet and unassuming man[2], Khalid first established a formal police force in Sharjah and was also to play a key role as a participant in the negotiations and agreements which gave rise to the foundation of the United Arab Emirates on 2 December 1971.

He was also responsible for the demolition of Sharjah Fort, in an attempt to expiate the memory of Saqr. The demolition was interrupted by his brother, Sultan, who saved many of the fixtures and made drawings of the building. Arriving too late to save most of the fort, he nevertheless persuaded his brother to cease the demolition. All that remained was a single tower, the 'Bourj'. Some twenty years later, Sheikh Sultan had the fort completely - and faithfully - restored.[3]

On 24 January 1972, Saqr returned to Sharjah from Egypt, where he had been exiled, with a number of mercenaries and seized power in an attempted coup. The group invaded the Ruler's palace at approximately 2.30 pm, with reports of gunfire and grenade explosions within the palace grounds. Besieged by the Union Defence Force, which arrived an hour later, Saqr finally gave himself up in the early hours of 25 January to UAE Minister of Defence, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum. However, Sheikh Khalid was killed in the action.[3]

Sheikh Khalid was succeeded as Ruler of Sharjah by his brother, His Highness Dr Sheikh Sultan bin Muhammad Al-Qasimi.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Emirate of Sharjah#Rulers
  2. ^ a b De Butts, Freddie (1995). Now the Dust has Settled. Tabb House. p. 192. ISBN 1873951132. 
  3. ^ a b c Al Qasimi, Sultan bin Muhammad (2011). My Early Life. Bloomsbury. pp. 285–7. ISBN 9781408814208.