The ruler of Dubai got a guided tour around Emirates’ new first-class cabins…

He can always be relied upon for a stirring speech and wise word—but English speakers often have to rely on subtitles for HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum’s addresses.

However a new video has showed the ruler of Dubai and vice-president and prime minister of the UAE offer up several soundbites outside his native tongue.

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The royal got to test out Emirates’ new first-class cabins this week, with the hi-tech suites set to be rolled out across some of the airline’s Boeing 777 routes next month.


Sir Tim Clark, president of the Dubai-based airline, showed Sheikh Mohammed around the Mercedes-Benz-inspired interiors—and pointed out the futuristic virtual windows available for the middle row.

“And this is from a camera on the outside?” the royal asked of the real-time imagery displayed in the suite.

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With floor-to-ceiling sliding doors, “zero-gravity” seats, and super-luxurious toiletries, Sheikh Mohammed seemed impressed as he viewed the 40-square-metre pods.

The ruler even got a chance to try out the cabin’s video calling technology, through which passengers can communicate with the crew.

“Would you like to order room service?” one Emirates employee asked as Sir Tim tested the equipment.

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“Yes!” enthused Sheikh Mohammed, before telling the cabin crew: “Nice to meet you.”

Here’s the clip in full:

The revamped Boeing 777s will be opened up to the public on December 1, starting off with routes to Geneva and Brussels.

We’ll be the ones loitering around the first-class check in, just hoping for an upgrade (especially if there’s a chance Sheikh Mohammed could be onboard)…