Dubai has announced a three-day mourning period after the 33-year-old son of the Gulf emirate’s ruler passed away, the UAE’s official state news agency WAM said on Saturday.
Sheikh Rashid, son of the Prime Minister and Vice President of the United Arab Emirates Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum, suffered a heart attack on Saturday morning, the agency said.
Mourners gathered for the funeral at the Za’beel Mosque in Dubai.
His body will be buried in Umm Harir cemetery in Bur Dubai, reports the Daily Mail.
‘Today, I lost a best friend and a childhood companion, my dear brother Rashid,’ said his brother Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed, Crown Prince of Dubai. ‘You will be missed.’
Sheikh Rashid was the eldest son of Sheikh Mohammed. Rashid’s brother Sheikh Hamdan is the Crown Prince of Dubai.
Sheikh Rashid was known for his love of horses and was a keen football fan, supporting Manchester United.
A talented sportsman, he also won two gold medals riding in endurance races at the Asian Olympics in 2006.