Turns out the young royal has a keen interest in aviation.

We already know he’s an avid horse-riderloves playing with his toy cars, and has a natural affinity with animals.

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And now it turns out young Zayed, son of HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, has quite a fascination with planes too.

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The five-year-old was over the moon to visit the Dubai Airshow, his mother, HRH Princess Haya bint Al Hussein, revealed on social media.

“Zayed was so excited and is the happiest boy ever today – he barely slept at all last night!” the royal posted to her 286,000 Instagram followers.

The mother-of-two included a snap of her youngest posing alongside one of Emirates’ newest launches, a rather patriotic A380.

The Dubai-based airline is kitting out 10 of its aircraft with a portrait of the late HH Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the Founding Father of the UAE.

The design pays tribute to the theme of 2018 in the Emirates, the Year of Zayed, which marks 100 years since Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan’s birth.

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The biennial Dubai Airshow, which runs until November 16, also welcomed Dubai’s Crown Prince, HH Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, earlier in the week.

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Sheikh Mohammed, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, also dropped by the Jebel Ali event, taking a tour of Emirates’ new first-class cabins.

The royal even offered up several soundbites outside his native tongue, speaking English to the airline’s cabin crew.

His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai (@hhshkmohd) was received by His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Emirates Group Chairman and Chief Executive (@hhahmedbinsaeed) onboard the new Emirates Boeing 777, and given a tour of the new game changing fully enclosed First Class Suite by Sir Tim Clark, President of Emirates airline. #DAS17 #GameChanger تفقد صاحب السمو الشيخ محمد بن راشد آل مكتوم نائب رئيس الدولة رئيس مجلس الوزراء حاكم دبي جناح الدرجة الأولى الجديد على طائرة البوينج 777. وكان في استقباله سمو الشيخ احمد بن سعيد آل مكتوم ، وتيم كلارك، رئيس طيران الإمارات، حيث قدّم لسموه شرحاً وافياً عن التجهيزات المبتكرة للجناح

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The Airshow has welcomed airlines from across the world, each displaying their newest launches and futuristic concepts (including the Boom Supersonic, a plane set to be tested next year that will take passengers from Dubai to London in 4.5 hours).

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Perhaps little Zayed might be able to captain one one day? He certainly wouldn’t be the first pilot in Dubai’s royal family—remember First Officer Sheikha Moza bint Marwan bin Mohammed Al Maktoum, who works for Emirates?

Not even the sky is the limit for our high-flying royal…

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