UAE finance minister, deputy Dubai ruler Sheikh Hamdan passes away

Dubai, Mar 24 (IANS): United Arab Emirates' Finance Minister and deputy ruler of Dubai, Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum, has died on Wednesday, the Dubai media office said.

He was the brother of Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Prime Minister and ruler of the emirate of Dubai. Hamdan, who was 75 years old, had been finance minister since 1971, when the country was founded.

UAE President Khalifa bin Zayed ordered that flags be flown at half-mast across the country until Saturday to mark three days of mourning, according to a statement by the official news agency WAM, DPA news reported.

Meanwhile, Dubai announced a 10-day mourning period.

Funeral prayers will be restricted to family members due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Dubai media office added.

Hamdan had been unwell, his brother Mohammed wrote on Twitter earlier this month, wishing him well.

He underwent surgery abroad last year, though further details were not disclosed.






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  • S Shetty, Tulunaad

    Thu, Mar 25 2021


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  • Francis Lewis, Sastan

    Thu, Mar 25 2021

    May his Soul Rest in peace

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  • Mohit, Mangalore

    Thu, Mar 25 2021

    Innalillahi wa innailaihi raajioon. RIP. Our salutes to the departed soul.

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  • Alwyn Pinto, Derebail / Dubai

    Wed, Mar 24 2021

    May his soul rest in peace

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  • Kumar Fernandes, Mangalore/Dubai

    Wed, Mar 24 2021

    May His Soul Rest in Peace.

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  • Syed Ahmed, Karkala

    Wed, Mar 24 2021

    Innalillahi wa innailaihi raajioon. May Allah accept his all good deeds and grant him Jannatul Firdouse.

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    Wed, Mar 24 2021

    Rest in Peace ...

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