DUBAI (Reuters) – Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Dubai’s deputy ruler and the United Arab Emirates’ long-serving finance minister, has died, Dubai’s ruler mentioned on Wednesday.
Sheikh Hamdan, 75, was the brother of the ruler of Dubai, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum. He had been unwell for some months and had surgical procedure overseas in October.
Dubai’s ruler bid farewell to “my brother, my assist, my lifelong pal”.
The UAE’s de facto ruler, Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed al-Nayhan, tweeted: “At this time we misplaced one of many UAE’s devoted males after a life wealthy with giving and true patriotic work.”
Funeral prayers can be restricted to members of the family as a result of (COVID-19) pandemic, the Dubai Media Workplace mentioned.
Dubai introduced 10 days of mourning with flags to be flown at half-mast and a closure of presidency establishments within the emirate for 3 days as of Thursday.
In 2008, Dubai’s ruler established the road of succession within the emirate by naming his son Hamdan, 38, as crown prince. His different son Maktoum can be a deputy ruler of Dubai.
Sheikh Hamdan had been the UAE’s finance minister since 1971. The UAE additionally has a minister of state for monetary affairs, Obaid Humaid Al Tayer, who has held the publish since 2008.
The emirate, a part of the UAE federation, is the Center East’s enterprise, commerce and tourism hub.
Writing by Lisa Barrington and Ghaida Ghantous; Modifying by Christopher Cushing, Kim Coghill and Andrew Heavens