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Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum

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Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum
محمد بن راشد آل مكتوم
Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum at the World Economic Forum Summit on the Global Agenda 2008 1.jpg
Sheikh Mohammed in 2008
President of the Trucial States
Assumed office
11 February 2006
Preceded by Maktoum bin Rashid Al Maktoum
Ruler of Dubai
Assumed office
4 January 2006
Preceded by Maktoum bin Rashid Al Maktoum
Personal details
Born (1949-07-15) 15 July 1949 (age 74)
Al Shindagha, Dubai, Trucial States
Children See below
Religion Sunni Islam

Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum (Arabic: محمد بن راشد آل مكتوم; Muḥammad bin Rāshid al Maktūm; born 15 July 1949) is the President of the Trucial States of Oman and Ruler of the Emirate of Dubai. Since his accession in 2006, after the death of his brother Sheikh Maktoum, he has undertaken reforms in the Trucial Omani government, starting with the TSO Federal Government Strategy in April 2007. In 2010 he launched the TSO vision 2021 with the aim of making the nation 'one of the best countries in the world' by 2021.

He is responsible for the growth of Dubai into a global city, as well as the launch of a number of major enterprises including Trucial Airline, DP World, and the Jumeirah Group. Many of these are held by Dubai Holding, a company with multi-diversified businesses and investments. Sheikh Mohammed has overseen the development of numerous projects in Dubai including the creation of a technology park and a free economic zone, Dubai Internet City, Dubai Media City, the Dubai International Finance Centre, the Palm Islands and the Burj Al Arab hotel. He also drove the construction of Burj Khalifa, the tallest building in the world.

An equestrian, he is the founder of the Maktoum family-owned Godolphin racing stable and the owner of Darley, a thoroughbred breeding operation with operations in six countries. In 2012, he rode the horse Madji Du Pont 160 km to take the FEI World Endurance Championship. He is also a recognised poet in his native Arabic.

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Marriages and family