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Son of Dubai’s ruler Sheikh Rashid, dies of heart attack, 3 days mourning declared in UAE

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A son of Dubai’s ruler and elder brother to the emirate’s heir apparent Sheikh Rashid bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, has died at age 33.

The United Arab Emirates state news agency WAM said Saturday that he died of a heart attack.

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. In addition to his role as Dubai ruler, Sheikh Mohammed is vice president and prime minister of the UAE.

Al Maktoum’s funeral will be held Saturday after Maghrib Prayers at Zabeel Mosque, when a three-day mourning period will start in Dubai.

Sheikh Rashid was an avid sportsman and horse racing enthusiast. His younger brother Sheikh Hamdan is Dubai’s crown prince.