The death of Sheikh Rashid shook the world and many Emirates were really saddened and two years down the line, it looks like just yesterday.
The young man had previously won many trophies and medals for riding endurance races, so Sheikh Rashid’s death left the UAE really in sorrow .
The 33-year-old Prince of Dubai was the eldest son of Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, ruler of Dubai and also the Vice-President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates. According to the United Arab Emirates’ official state news agency, the Prince of Dubai died from a heart attack this past Saturday morning. No other details were provided as Sheikh Rashid’s funeral continued its three-day mourning period.
“Allah bless the deceased young man … We belong to Allah and to Him we shall return,” the Dubai Ruler Court said.
The condition of Sheikh Rashid’s health before his untimely death has not been discussed in reports, although the UAE National Olympic Committee (UAE NOC) noted the Prince of Dubai loved multiple sports including soccer and horse riding.
“Sheikh Rashid has left behind a brilliant sports career achieved during his lifetime,” said UAE NOC vice president Abdul Rahman Al Owais.
Back in 2006, Shiekh Rashid won two gold medals riding in endurance races at the Asian Olympics. The young man was also part of the team which won a gold medal. According to Albawaba, he also won “trophies in big equestrian events including titles at the Lutzenberg ride over 130km; the Endurance Challenge in Switzerland in 1998, the Italian 160km Endurance Championship in 2000; and the Bazilio 102km Endurance Championship in Spain the same year.”