On the 4th January, 2018, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum marks 12 years since his accession as Ruler of Dubai.
Last year Sheikh Mohammed used the anniversary to launch the UAE’s first food bank. Here is what else the Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE achieved in 2017.
Sheikh Mohammed’s highlights of 2017
- To mark International Day for Tolerance on 16th November, Sheikh Mohammed announced that one of the bridges over the canal would be known as Tolerance Bridge.
- In the spirit of the Year of Giving, in June announced a 50 per cent discount on traffic and impoundment fines.
- Ahead of Ramadan 2017, he pardoned more than 1,000 convicts of different nationalities.
- In May the emirate’s leader did away with the label “people with special needs” and now wants them known as “the determined ones”.
- The doting father and grandfather was blessed with another grandson in March, the sail on the Burj Al Arab was lit blue in honour of little Rashid bin Mansoor, son of Sheikha Manal bint Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, President of Dubai Women Establishment and founder of the popular Dubai Ladies’ Club, and husband Sheikh Mansoor bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs.
- In the same month, Sheikh Mohammed launched the UAE’s Month of Reading and tweeted to say that reading creates hope.
This year the Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE has taken the humble step of dedicating the special day to thanking His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, for devoting his life to serving the nation and ensuring the happiness of citizens.
Sheikh Mohammed traditionally uses his accession day to thanking the community. Speaking about this year’s dedication, he told his 8.62 million followers on Twitter: “As we do every year, we issued out instructions not to allocate celebratory events on the accession day anniversary that falls on January 4. We usually launch a campaign to thank those who had impact on our lives and in serving the nation.
“Today, we urge our Emirati people to thank Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed who devoted his life to raising the stature of the nation and ensuring the happiness of citizens.”
Sheikh Mohammed need-to-know
- He was born on the 15th July, 1949, in the Al Maktoum home in Shindaga, near Dubai Creek
- After studying in Dubai, he came a student at what later became the The Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, passing out with the sword of honour as the top Commonwealth student
- A keen poet, Sheikh Mohammed writes in classical Arabic and colloquial Nabati, and his work has been translated into several languages
- His love of horse racing is well-known, but did you know that he also won a gold medal at the 2012 FEI World Endurance Championships, where he also led the UAE squad to the team gold
- Sheikh Mohammed is a regular Twitter user and is one of the most-followed world leaders