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Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum

The Trump International Hotel & Tower, which will be the centerpiece of one of the palm islands, The Palm Jumeirah.

Almost any kind of temptation is available in the modern Dubai. With its opulent modern buildings mixed with traditional Islamic architecture, it's no surprise that the ruler of Dubai, Mohammad bin Rashid Al Maktoum, is as much a product of the new Dubai as anything else.
The rising investment potential in Dubai seems to know no boundaries. From the British Prince Andrew to the music producer Dallas Austin, Dubai’s earns its title as the playground for the rich and famous.

Talking about how much money one has is often seen as a social faux pas. But when we talk about Mohammad bin Rashid Al Maktoum it’s hard to pretend the elephant in the room does not exist, especially when the elephant is worth $14 billion.

Considered the 4th richest man on the planet, the Ruler of Dubai and President of UAE lives in a world where modernity co-exists in an uneasy truce with tradition.
Married to his first wife for the past 29 years, the Sheikh is also married to the daughter of the late King Hussein of Jordan. Educated in the UAE, Mohammad went on to study English with his cousin in London in 1966. He also has a great love of poetry, and is a big participant in the various sports activities that takes place in Dubai.

Known for his acts of charity, Sheikh Mohammad has set up an initiative called “Dubai Cares,” a foundation, which helps to improve conditions in developing countries within the Middle East and Africa. The directive is to help educate no less than 1 million children in those impoverished parts of the world. Private donations have already exceeded $27 million. “Dubai Cares” is a lofty aspiration and one that may be remembered with more love than “No Child Left Behind."

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