If you were missing a much-needed daily dose of cuteness (who isn’t on a Monday?), here it is.

Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, has been snapped bonding with his young son in a tender portrait by his wife, HRH Princess Haya Bint Al Hussein.

The royal posted the image to her Instagram account on Monday, where it quickly garnered thousands of likes.

Our favourite part? The fact that the family eschewed fine-dining restaurants to treat their four-year-old to some chips at fast-food favourite Shake Shack.

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(Or should we now call it Sheikh Shack?).

The US import has several outlets across Dubai, including branches at the Mall of the Emirates and The Dubai Mall, and a bowl of crinkle-cut fries will set you back just Dhs15.

We also can’t help but love the packet of baby wipes on the table in case little Zayed’s a messy eater.


The royal has been rather busy of late, as she revealed in a candid interview with emirateswoman.com last week.

After opting to take part in a 24-hour, 90-kilometre walkathon, starting from Zabeel Park and looping around Dubai, Princess Haya made it halfway before being forced to pull out due to an injury.

“Just reached the 45km mark at Sky Dive Dubai. As much as I was hoping to continue, I can no longer do so due to a knee injury. I am so annoyed I am not finishing!” she wrote on her Instagram.

“Thank you to everyone who has supported me today to help raise funds for Al Jalila Foundation and Tkiyet Um Ali. Your comments kept me going!”

She wasn’t just doing it for fun, though.

Princess Haya’s walk was to help raise funds for the Al Jalila Foundation and Tkiyet Um Ali – the royal’s charity that provides food and services to the less privileged in her native Jordan.

The Al Jalila Foundation, named after Sheikh Mohammed and Princess Haya’s daughter, is a UAE-based charity that seeks to promote medical education and research in the UAE.

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Image: HRH Princess Haya/Instagram