From inspiring the residents of UAE to empowering the female workforce, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the Vice President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates and Ruler of Dubai, has always managed to share heartfelt moments with the people of the nation and with everyone from around the globe.

Emirates Woman has gathered a list of those special moments which are truly worth remembering over the years.

When he met his biggest fan

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Four years ago, in January 2017, the Mohammed bin Rashid Government Excellence Award ceremony was held at the Emirates Palace Hotel in Abu Dhabi.

Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum presented policewoman Halima Al Matroushi the award for Best Administrative Employee. However, chose not to receive the award herself. Instead, she let her mother take her place up on stage.

Al Matroushi’s mother has always dreamt of meeting Sheikh Mohammed, so when her daughter realised it was a possibility, she gave her the opportunity.

Being a proud father

Upon the launch of the UAE Food Bank in 2017, Sheikh Mohammed expressed his pride at his then 15-year-old daughter, Sheikha Shamma, taking part.

“Proud of my daughter Shamma who contributed today in the first volunteering activity as part of UAE Food Bank initiative,” His Highness said of his daughter. “Our philosophy in humanitarian work is simple… Always lead by example.”

He praises Emirati student upon her graduation

Last year, His Highness sent a heartfelt message to an Emirati student who has graduated from university.

The Ruler of Dubai, first met student Fatima Ahmad Bin Bakhit Al Nuaimi four years ago, posted the sweet message on Twitter.

“I had laid a kiss on my daughter’s head in 2016 as she ranked first at the state level in the reading challenge,” His Highness said. “Yesterday, my daughter Fatima Al Nuaimi graduated from Abu Dhabi New York University with distinction.

“Congratulations. The country flourishes with you, thrives in reading and rises with knowledge.”

Along with the message, Sheikh Mohammed shared two photos – one of their first meeting in 2016 and one of Al Nuaimi’s recent remote graduation.

He went on a search for young astronauts for a brighter future

At the start of December in 2017, he put the call out for young people who were keen to be the first Emiratis in space.

“The people of the UAE will break new barriers; nothing can stand in the way of those who believe nothing is impossible,” Sheikh Mohammed wrote on Instagram. “Our ambitious goals are fuelled by dedicated people, who support us until, without hesitation or scepticism, we succeed.”

When he made Queen Elizabeth II laugh

Back in 2017, Sheikh Mohammed met with the UK’s Queen Elizabeth II at the Royal Windsor Endurance Race, and from the looks of things, they had a great time together. At the time, the Dubai Media Office said the pair of royals discussed “historic ties, friendship, and co-operation between the UAE and the United Kingdom”.

When he sent 30 tonnes of aid to Lebanon following the blast in Beirut

After the catastrophic explosion in Lebanon leaving around 300,000 people homeless and many injured, His Highness ordered 30 tonnes of medicines and medical supplies to be sent immediately on his personal aircraft in response to the devastating blast.


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Opening a Dhs300 million Dubai medical research centre

In August last year, the Ruler of Dubai opened a new medical research centre has opened in Dubai not only studies COVID-19, but also other communicable diseases under. The Dhs300 million centre aims to study an array of diseases including diabetes, heart disease, kidney disease, obesity and more.

Praising the women of the nation

Honouring women across the UAE, the Ruler of Dubai issued a message.

Posting a video to his 10.3 million Twitter followers which paid tribute to Emirati women, he expressed his pride towards every female from the UAE.

“To the Emirati women, you worked hard, you accomplished and prove to the world who you are,” he said. “[We are] proud of you, proud of your partnership in the development process, we raise our heads with your achievements. Every year you are better and more beautiful.”

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