Maktoum bin Rashid Al Maktoum

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Maktoum bin Rashid Al Maktoum (1943 – 4 January 2006) , also referred to as Sheikh Maktoum (honorific
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) was the Vice President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates
United Arab Emirates
The United Arab Emirates, abbreviated as the UAE, or shortened to "the Emirates", is a state situated in the southeast of the Arabian Peninsula in Western Asia on the Persian Gulf, bordering Oman, and Saudi Arabia, and sharing sea borders with Iraq, Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar, and Iran.The UAE is a...

 (UAE) and the emir
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 (ruler) of Dubai
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.

Biography


Born in Al Shindagha
Al Shindagha
Al Shindagha , sometimes spelled Al Shindagah or Al Shindaga, is a neighbourhood in the traditional centre of the city of Dubai in the United Arab Emirates. From 1912 to 1958, the then ruler of Dubai, Sheikh Saeed Al Maktoum, lived in the area — his residence in Al Shindagha is now open to...

, Dubai
Dubai
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 to the Al Maktoum family of the Al Bu Falasah tribe, he first became Prime Minister on 9 December 1971 and served until 25 April 1979 when he was replaced by his father, Sheikh Rashid bin Saeed Al Maktoum
Rashid bin Saeed Al Maktoum
HH The Emir Sheikh Rashid bin Saeed Al Maktoum was the Vice-President and Prime Minister of United Arab Emirates and Emir of Dubai...

. Following the latter's death on 7 October 1990 he resumed his position as Prime Minister and also took over as Ruler of Dubai. He served in both positions until his death on 4 January 2006.

Sheikh Maktoum also briefly served as acting
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 President
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 of the United Arab Emirates
United Arab Emirates
The United Arab Emirates, abbreviated as the UAE, or shortened to "the Emirates", is a state situated in the southeast of the Arabian Peninsula in Western Asia on the Persian Gulf, bordering Oman, and Saudi Arabia, and sharing sea borders with Iraq, Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar, and Iran.The UAE is a...

 on 2–3 November 2004 following the death of Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan until Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan was proclaimed and installed 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
Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum
Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum , also Sheikh Mohammed, , is the Prime Minister and Vice President of the United Arab Emirates , and absolute monarch of Dubai.-Personal life and education:...

 (Crown Prince and Minister of Defense) and Sheikh Hamdan
Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum
Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum is the Deputy Ruler of Dubai and the Minister of Finance and Industry of the United Arab Emirates . He is the second son of the late ruler, Rashid bin Saeed Al Maktoum ....

 (Minister of Finance) of the United Arab Emirates. Internationally, he was also known as co-owner (with his brothers) of Dubai's Godolphin Stables
Godolphin Stables
Godolphin Racing is the Maktoum family's private thoroughbred horseracing stable and was named in honour of the Godolphin Arabian, who came from the desert to become one of the three founding stallions of the modern thoroughbred....

, 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
Myocardial infarction
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 while lodged at Palazzo Versace
Palazzo Versace
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 Hotel located on the Gold Coast
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, Queensland
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, Australia
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. He was succeeded by his brother, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum
Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum
Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum , also Sheikh Mohammed, , is the Prime Minister and Vice President of the United Arab Emirates , and absolute monarch of Dubai.-Personal life and education:...

 as ruler of Dubai.

External links

  • Obituary: Sheikh Maktoum BBC
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  • Shaikh Maktoum Bin Rashid Al Maktoum dies Gulf News
    Gulf News
    Gulf News is a daily English language newspaper published from Dubai, in the United Arab Emirates with a December 2009 BPA audited circulation of over 117,036 qualified copies...