On March 24, 2021, the UAE and the Arab world mourned the death of His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the former Deputy Ruler of Dubai and the UAE’s Minister of Finance.

Now, upon approaching the first anniversary of his passing, one of the late sheikh’s daughters has shared a touching tribute to her father.

Her Highness Sheikha Latifa bint Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum took to her Instagram page about her “tranquil and peaceful” father.

“My father’s demeanour was always calm, tranquil and peaceful,” she began a series of posts. “He felt things deeply – a silent figure with a faint capacity for compassion, empathy and philanthropy.”

Sheikha Latifa went on to say she wishes people were able to have seen another side to the late Sheikh Hamdan which she knew of.

“To the UAE and to the world, Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum was a diplomat, a regal figure who represented his people internationally,” she said. “I wish people could have known his fatherly side.”

Sheikh Hamdan passed away last year on March 24. His death was announced by his brother, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and the Ruler of Dubai.

Sheikh Mohammed paid tribute to his elder brother on Twitter.

“We belong to God and to Him we shall return. May God have mercy on you, my brother, my support and my companion,” His Highness said alongside a black and white photo of Sheikh Hamdan.

Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid was aged 75 at the time of his passing.

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Images: Sheikha Latifa bint Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum Instagram