Happy birthday, HH Sheikh Mohammed!

Well wishes have been pouring in for HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, who celebrates his 69th birthday today.

The vice president of the UAE and ruler of Dubai, who was born in 1949, has received birthday messages on social media from a number of influential figures and organisations – but undoubtedly the most touching tributes have come from the leader’s family members.

HH Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai, shared a photo of him and his brothers when they were children, hanging out with a younger Sheikh Mohammed and a cute St. Bernard:

@hhshkmohd ❤️ #HBD كل عام وانت بخير

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Sheikha Maitha shared this vintage snap with her father, describing him as “my mentor, my hero, my number 1”:

Sheikh Mohammed takes his daughter back to his birthplace
HH Sheikh Mohammed surprised a group of students with a phone call

Sheikha Manal shared this sweet photo of her little son, Rashid, kissing his grandfather’s portrait:

The royal also shared this picture of Sheikh Mohammed playing with her on the grass when she was little:

Artist Sheikha Lateefa bint Maktoum shared these beautiful photos of her uncle through the years:

Here’s to many more happy memories to come! We can’t wait for the big 7-0…

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