Dubai enters 10 day mourning period after death of Sheikh Hamdan Bin Rashid Al Maktoum
Dubai enters 10 day mourning period after death of Sheikh Hamdan Bin Rashid Al Maktoum

Dubai enters 10 day mourning period after death of Sheikh Hamdan Bin Rashid Al Maktoum

A ten-day mourning period has been announced in Dubai following the death of High Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum.

The Deputy Ruler of Dubai and the Minister of Finance and Industry sadly passed away yesterday after illness.

All flags will be flown at half-mast under a directive from the UAE President for 10 days.

Government departments will be suspended for three days starting from today, Thursday, March 25.

The 10 day mourning period in Dubai also means radio broadcasts are also suspended for the time being.

Due to Covid-19 restrictions, prayers will be limited to family members.

Sheikh Hamdan was the second son of the late ruler Sheikh Rashid Bin Saeed Al Maktoum and was born on Christmas Day, 1945.

Sheikh Hamdan was appointed Deputy Ruler of Dubai at the start of 1995. He was also responsible for funding scholarships for students from around the world at Al Maktoum Institute.

He was also one of the most prominent and influential figures in international horseracing and breeding for more than four decades.

Sheikh Hamdan was in his seventies and had been unwell for some months, with Sheikh Mohammed tweeting prayers and well-wishes for his brother earlier this month.