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Dubai announced three-day mourning

20 September, 2015

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ABU DHABI: Dubai announced a three-day mourning period after the 33-year-old son of the Gulf emirate’s ruler passed away, the official state news agency WAM said on Saturday.

Sheikh Rashid was the first son of Sheikh Mohammad bin Rashid al-Maktoum and his senior wife, Sheikha Hind bint Maktoum bin Juma al-Maktoum.

The United Arab Emirates state news agency WAM said on Saturday that he died of a heart attack. Rashid’s brother Sheikh Hamdan is the crown prince of Dubai. Sheikh Rashid was an avid sportsman and horse racing enthusiast.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif expressed deep sorrow over the sad demise of Sheikh Rashid.

Nawaz prayed for eternal peace of the departed soul and sympathised with the people and the government of the UAE in this hour of grief. President Mamnoon Hussain and Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif also expressed deep grief and sorrow over sad demise of Sheikh Rashid bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum. They prayed for the eternal peace of the departed soul.

Former president Asif Ali Zardari also condoled with Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum over the death of his son Sheikh Rashid.

In his condolence message, Zardari said that he was immensely saddened with the news. He said that the death of a close family member and that too of a son was one of the greatest tragedies for a family. He prayed to Almighty Allah to grant eternal peace to the departed soul and strength and fortitude to the royal family to bear this irreparable loss.

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