The ruler of Dubai and his youngest children had a picture-perfect weekend, judging by these snaps.

He’s a royal, a ruler, and a keen philanthropist—and he’s also quite the family man.

We’ve talked time and time again about how HH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum and his children are the very definition of #FamilyGoals, however this weekend’s activities appear to have upped the ante.


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The Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai made the most of the warm winter weather, taking a dip with his two youngest children.

The royal was pictured splashing about with 5-year-old Zayed and 9-year-old Al Jalila, in a snap shared on social media by his wife, HRH Haya Bint Al Hussein.

This has just shot straight up into our favourite three photos ever taken of Sheikh Mohammed (maybe even taking the top slot, we reckon).

The family had further playtime, with little Zayed even digging up a yard in a creative game of cars.

“Every child has the potential to create something wonderful,” Princess Haya wrote in the video.

The mother-of-two has previously spoken about her wish for her children to indulge in good old-fashioned fun, telling Emirates Woman last year: “[Zayed] absolutely loves the desert.”

“Sheikh Mohammed is great. He believes that the kids need to get dirty every day to have fun! It’s also really good for their immunity,” the royal added.

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The family enjoyed some downtime after a busy week, during which Sheikh Mohammed helped officially open The Louvre Abu Dhabi, with French President Emmanuel Macron flying in for the occasion.

Princess Haya also received France’s First Lady, Brigitte Macron, with the pair bonding over tea.

“I greatly enjoyed the company of this incredible lady who is genuine and beautiful, inside and out,” wrote Princess Haya following the meeting.

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“I admire Ms. Macron’s generous spirit, her efforts in humanitarian work and her special interests in philanthropy, childcare and women’s rights.”