Social media in the UAE has been overwhelmed as thousands have said happy birthday to Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid as he turns 71 today.
Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the Crown Prince of Dubai, was one of the first to wish him a happy birthday.
Over a decade as Dubai’s ruler
Sheikh Mohammed first rose to power in 1971 when he was appointed the nation’s first Minister of Defence following the formation of the UAE.
Sheikh Mohammed became Dubai’s ruler in 2006 following the death of his older brother, Sheikh Maktoum. And he’s carried on with some incredible achievements, helping transform Dubai.
The city is now a global tourist hotspot and buiness and transport hub.
Happy birthday from the entire DubaiLAD team!