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Dubai Ruler Names Son as Crown Prince

By K.T. Abdurabb
Arab News
February 2, 2008

Dubai ruler Sheikh Mohammad bin
Rashed Al-Maktoum has appointed his son Sheikh Hamdan as crown
prince of the booming Gulf city state, the official WAM news
agency reported yesterday.

Sheikh Mohammad, who is also the vice president and prime
minister of the United Arab Emirates, issued a decree
appointing Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammad, 26, as crown prince
from Feb. 1.

Born in November 1982, Sheikh Hamdan began school in Dubai
before moving to Britain, where he graduated from the elite
Sandhurst military academy. His father Sheikh Mohammed became
ruler of Dubai in early 2006 after the death of his brother.

Sheikh Mohammed is also the defense minister, prime minister
and vice president of the UAE, which was created in 1971 after
the withdrawal of British forces from the Gulf. Sheikh Hamdan
heads Dubaiís executive council, which supervises public
sector and development strategies, WAM said.

The post of Dubaiís crown prince had been left vacant since
Sheikh Mohammad, who was himself crown prince, succeeded his
late brother Sheikh Maktoum bin Rashed as ruler in January 2006.

In another decree, Mohammad appointed a younger son, Sheikh
Maktoum bin Mohammad, 25, and Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashed, a
brother of the ruler, as his two deputies, WAM said. Dubai is
one of seven emirates forming the UAE federation and has
established itself as a regional business and tourism hub.


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