Dubai Deputy Ruler and Finance Minister Hamdan dies at 75

Dubai deputy ruler Sheikh Hamdan passes away
Dubai deputy ruler Sheikh Hamdan passes away

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) long serving finance minister and the deputy ruler of the emirate of Dubai, Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum, has died, Dubai’s ruler said on Twitter on Wednesday.

Dubai’s ruler bid farewell to “my brother, my support, and my lifelong friend”.

Sheikh Hamdan, 75, was the brother of the incumbent ruler of Dubai, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum. He had been unwell for some months and had undergone surgery abroad in October.

Under Sheikh Hamdan ministry, the economy of the Gulf state grown exponentially from just Dh6.5 billion in 1971 to Dh1.54 trillion. Similarly, GDP per capita has also grown from less than Dh10, 000 to over Dh40, 000.

Funeral prayers will be restricted to family members due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Dubai has announced 10 days of mourning with flags to be flown at half-mast and a closure of government institutions in the emirate for three days as of Thursday.