I’m writing this post from the JetBlue departure lounge at JFK. I got the news that HH Shaikh Maktoum had passed away today right after landing in New York and I would like to express my sincere condolences to residents of Dubai and all UAE nationals. I remember seeing his father’s funeral when I was a kid and experiencing the sadness that filled Dubai at the time. Here is the official press release:
Shaikh Maktoum passes away
DUBAI – H.H. Shaikh Maktoum bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of United Arab Emirates and ruler of Dubai passed away early morning today in Australia.
The President of UAE, Shaikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan mourned his death.
A statement issued by the ministry of presidential affairs said, “The UAE today lost a historical leader who has contributed throughout his life in establishing the UAE and enhancing its structure and the welfare of its people.
The statement added that the late Shaikh Maktoum was an example of the sincere national commitment. He placed his country’s interest over any other considerations. He was a model for good behaviour.
“His constructive role in establishing the UAE and enhancing its federal march and other field of national action will remain engraved in the memory of the nation and its people, the statement said.
The government has announced a 40-day official mourning during which flags will fly at half-mast.
Ministries, government institutions and departments will remain closed for seven days starting from today.
In Dubai, private sector will be off work for three days as of Thursday, January 5.
Maktoum to be laid to rest on Thursday
The late Shaikh Maktoum bin Rashid Al Maktoum, who passed away in Australia today, will be laid to rest at Umm Hurair Cemetery at Bur Dubai after his body will arrive here tomorrow (Thursday).
Funeral prayers( Janazat) will be held at Zabeel Mosque in Dubai today ( Thursday) at 10am before burial.
Ruler of Dubai H.H. Shaikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum will receive mourners who will extend their condolences on the sad demise of Shaikh Maktoum at Shaikh Mohammed’s Palace in Zabeel and for three days running.
Deputy Ruler of Dubai and Minister of Finance and industry Shaikh Hamdan bin Rashid and Al Maktoum family members will also receive mourners besides Shaikh Mohammed.