When it comes to birthday parties, it looks like Zayed bin Mohammed had an absolute corker…

It seems like only yesterday that HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, and HRH Princess Haya welcomed their youngest child.

But now little Zayed is five whole years old, and his family threw him a rather cute party to celebrate.

The day was captured in heartwarming snaps by Princess Haya, that show the boy cuddling with his adoring parents.

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It looks like Zayed also got a pretty sweet cake, made in the shape of a white Nissan Patrol.

Have you ever seen a child look so full of pure, unadulterated joy?

Well, to be honest, we have a similar expression whenever cake is around.

But it’s Princess Haya’s caption which really melted our hearts.

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“To our beloved Zayed bin Mohammed…Today we celebrate your 5th birthday, and as you grow more and more every day, we see how much your character has begun to take shape,” the royal wrote on Instagram.

“We are proud of your determination to walk in the footsteps of your dear father Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum. We wish you a very happy birthday and a blessed life.”

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The father and son have a famously close bond, with Sheikh Mohammed often sharing pictures of bonding days out with his youngest.

The pair regularly venture out into the desert together, where the royal teaches Zayed all about the country’s wildlife.

ابني زايد.. My son Zayed

A photo posted by Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum (@hhshkmohd) on

We look forward to seeing the family celebrate plenty more birthdays over the next few years…

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Image: HRH Princess Haya/Instagram