Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al-Maktoum is the constitutional monarch of Dubai, as well as the Prime Minister and Vice President of the United Arab Emirates. After taking a heavy hit during the financial crisis of 2007-2010, Dubai’s economy is back in full swing, and stands out as a regional leader. Al-Maktoum is a well-respected politician in the Middle East.
Philanthropist: He has launched multiple charity initiatives from Dubai, such as ‘Dubai Cares’, which has reached over 13 million beneficiaries in 39 developing countries since its inception in 2007. In 2008, Sheikh Mohammed launched ‘Noor Dubai’, an initiative that aims to help the World Health Organization in achieving the goals of VISION 2020: the Right to Sight. Noor Dubai will offer health services to one million people suffering from treatable blindness and visual impairment in developing countries.
Visionary: In 1995, Sheikh Mohammed was appointed Crown Prince of Dubai, with a chief objective of overseeing the transformation of a small patch of desert into a resort and business destination. To that end, he helped develop the Palm Islands, the Burj al-Arab hotel, the Burj Khalifa skyscraper, the Dubai World Cup and the Godolphin Stables.
Arts: Al-Maktoum and his children are patrons of the arts, including participating in poetry competitions, as well as horse and camel racing. In addition to authoring poems in the traditional Nabati style, Sheikh Mohammed produced an electronic compilation of Arabic poetry that includes the work of 3000 poets spanning more than 3.5 million lines of poetry.