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Dubai: On Sunday, residents and government officials took to social media to commemorate the late ruler and founder of modern Dubai, Shaikh Rashid Bin Saeed Al Maktoum.

Shaikh Hamdan Bin Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai, posted a photo of his grandfather to mark the date of his passing on October 7, 1990.

Dubai Police also posted a photo of the late ruler, smiling from behind a desk.


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Shaikh Rashid (1912-1990) was Ruler of Dubai from 1958 and was also the Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates and Vice-President from 1971 until his demise.

The late Shaikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan with Shaikh Rashid.

As early as the 1970s, Shaikh Rashid envisaged a town, seaport and airport focused on developing an industrial region in the emirate.

Shaikh Rashid, the eighth ruler from the Al Maktoum family, was loved and greatly respected by the residents of Dubai, as he ruled with compassion and patience.

Shaikh Rashid had a vision of how he wanted to transform Dubai into a modern city, and through his leadership, the emirate witnessed some of the most vital projects that have made an impact until this day, including:

Al Maktoum Hospital, the first modern hospital in what was then the Trucial States; Al Maktoum Bridge, which spanned the Creek, joining Dubai with Deira and eliminating the long trip around the head of the Creek; and Dubai airport, which bore immediate reward as demand for seats grew much faster than anticipated.