Dubai: Late Sheikh Rashid bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum has been laid to rest at the Umm Hurair cemetery in Al Fahidi area, Bur Dubai, after a grand but simple funeral procession.
The procession was led by Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, according to the local media reports.
Last time a simple Muslim burial atttracted world's attention was when Saudi King Abdullah was laid to rest in February 2015. The king's body was carried in an ambulance heading to the mosque for janazah (funeral prayer) before being buried in an unmarked grave. He was shrouded in a simple white coffin according to the teachings of Islamic Sharia'h law.
Sheikh Rashid bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, son of Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of UAE and Ruler of Dubai, died of a heart attack on Saturday morning.
Sheikh Rashid was the first son of Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum and his senior wife, Sheikha Hind bint Maktoum bin Juma Al Maktoum. He was an avid sportsman and horse racing enthusiast. His younger brother Sheikh Hamdan is Dubai’s crown prince.
Al Dewan, Dubai Ruler’s Court, has declared three days mourning in Dubai, beginning today. Flags will fly half-mast at all government institutions in the emirate.
The Court has also announced that work in government departments and institutions in the emirate of Dubai will continue as normal during the three-day mourning period.
The death of the young prince has sent shock waves across the United Arab Emirate (UAE) and other Arab states. Condolence messages are pouring in from the UAE rulers and other neighboring Gulf states.
UAE President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan while mourning the death of Sheikh Rashid bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, expressed his heartfelt condolences and solace to Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, praying to Almighty Allah to rest the departed soul in Paradise, and bestow patience and solace to Al Maktoum.