- Birthday22nd Jul, 49
- Birth PlaceUnited Arab Emirates
- Marital statusMarried
A visionary leader, an avid equestrian and a noted poet; perhaps it’s the best way to describe the Prime Minister of the UAE and ruler of Dubai. After being privately tutored at a nascent age, Sheikh Mohammad attended the Bell School of Languages where he developed a better understanding of literature, sports and politics; areas that would hold him in good stead in the future. To further prepare himself for his future roles, Sheikh Mohammad attended Mons Officer Cadet School in England where he received the best and the toughest military training.
After being crowned the Ruler of Dubai in 2006, following the demise of his elder brother, the Dubai Royal has transformed his country into the world’s most luxurious resort and sought-after business destination. The creation of the Dubai Shopping Festival in 1995 was his first initiative after being crowned the Prince. It was immediately followed by the inaugural Dubai World Cup which was to be the world’s richest horse race, boasting a prize of $4 million. Despite being an accomplished player of tennis and football, the Sheikh’s passion for equestrian remains unparalleled. He established the Godolphin stables in 1994 and has won numerous horse races all over the world.
The Sheikh also carries a passion for cars and boats. He owns one of the world’s biggest yachts measuring 163 meters. He also has over 100 cars in his garage in his Dubai palace. Poetry holds a very special place in Sheikh Mohammad’s life. He began composing poems at a very tender age and is one of the prominent Nabti poets whose poems are read vehemently across the Arab world. Sheikh Mohammad has been highly active on the humanitarian front as well with donations of $5 million to the World Trade Center Victims Appeal. In 2007, he made one of the largest charitable donations in history of $100 million to set up the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Foundation.
- Don't forget that horses have been bred for centuries by Arabic tribes: they were used for hunting and fighting and they symbolise our history. Horse riding is more than merely sitting on a horse's back. It is nobility and chivalry."
- Water and electricity are national assets which have to be protected from wasting and therefore preserved for future generations
Did you know?
- Sheikh Mohammed has 21 children, eight sons and thirteen daughters.
- He recently opens the fifth edition of Arts in Dubai
- He owns over 100 cars in his garage in his Dubai palace.
Family & relationships
Sheikh Mohammad al Maktoum purchased this estate some 20 years ago for approx $1.1 million. Although, extremely tight security make it impenetrable but it’s rumored that the Sheikh has built three hangers for his large collection of vehicles and Limousines.
Location: The Longcross Estate is located in England.
Muhammed Bin one of the world’s richest person spent a whooping £45million to buy an estate.
Location: the estate is located in in the village of Dalham, Suffolk, England.
Accommodation: the estate is spread in the area of 3,300 acres of farmland, parkland and woods. He owns an 18th century house which was once owned by Cecil Rhodes, who gave his name to Rhodesia.
Neighborhood: The estate is just beside Already 3,000 acre Dalham Hall stud, near Newmarket, Suffolk is owned by Maktoum.
The Dubai Royal is the owner of the world’s most expensive penthouse who bought this extremely lavish penthouse for $308 million in 2010. This was an investment to preserve his wealth.
Location: The 2 story penthouse, which is located in Monaco,
Accommodation: the house is designed by London based firm Candy and Candy who have been taking the design world by storm. The penthouse is built in two story with exterior built in Mediterranean style and interior in contemporary style. The house has full height library, infinity pool, secure panic room with surveillance cameras, cinema rooms. The stairways in the house is truly dramatic with beautiful lighting which leads to romantic gallery. The excusite dinning space Is decked with coffer ceiling and two crystal chandeliers. The bedrooms are designed in a contemporary manner and the interior of each room has been done in wooden finish.
Another bed room
The study table
The living room
The dressing hall
The dining hall
Location: Mohammed Bin bought this Inverinate Estate 25 years ago for $3 million in Scottish Highlands near the Kyle of Lochalsh.
Accommodation: This mansion has 14 lavish bedrooms and the home is spread in the area of 63,000 acres. Although the estate is lavish but according to Sheikh it is not as lavish as a place should be hence some reconstruction has been done on the property. He has planned to build a new modern two-story lodge featuring a penthouse suite, dining room, kitchen and 16 bedrooms, all with en-suite baths and some with living-room areas."
Sheikh Mohammed love to breed horses hence has invested in Stables and farms. One such farm that he owns is Gainsborough Farms Inc. Sheikh Mohammed purchased Gainsborough Stud in late 1981. Gainsborough operation maintained hundreds of horses in training worldwide and owned about 270 mares on three continents.
Location: The farm is located in Versailles, Kentucky, United States.
Sheikh Mohammed love to breed horses hence has invested in Stables and farms. One such farm that he owns is Gainsborough Farms Inc in Versailles, Kentucky, United States
Turnberry golf course
Sheikh Mohammed’s love for golf courses is a known factor hence he owns many luxurious golf courses around the world although he doesn’t even play golf. One such golf course is Turnberry Golf Courses. The 59-year-old Sheikh owns 800-acre Turnberry golf course in Scotland. He bought it for £55 million for the golf course but doesn’t even play golf.
Location: Turnberry golf courses are located in South Ayrshire on the rugged coast and comprise of three links golf courses.
About Turnberry Golf Courses:
Trnberry Golf Courses on a stunning peninsula of links land on the coast of South Ayrshire, with amazing views across the Firth of Clyde to the islands of Arran. The place also has an iconic lighthouse built in 1873 by Thomas and David Stevenson. The golf course also has a Turnberry castle where legend has it that Robert the Bruce, King of Scotland, was born in 1274. All on links land, all on golf holes that are among the best in the world and also hosted the Open twice.
Formerly known as the Golden Star and Platinum, the Dubai is an enormous yacht measuring 531 feet. It is the second largest yacht in the world, just 2 meters short of Roman Abramovich’s giga-yacht Eclipse. Originally the yacht was commissioned by Prince Jefri Bolkiah of Brunei in 1996 but got stuck due to lack of funds. It was only after $300 million funding that the project was carried out again in 2001 and named Gold Star by the ruler of the Emirate of Dubai, and the Prime Minister of the UAE to jointly own the mega yacht.
Features: Equipped with three elevators serving all the decks, a large formal dining area, a variety of pools, hot tubs, sunbathing areas and a big swimming platform, the Dubai also offers a variety of water sports activities along with air conditioning facility to combat the hot Dubai weather. The yacht also has a squash room, spa, and is fitted with the obligatory mega yacht helicopter pad. The spiral staircase, which bathes in the natural light of sun, is the main highlight of the yacht.
Accommodations: The yacht has spacious deck that offers a large social area including the main lounge with its centrepiece red sofa for numerous VIP and guests. The yacht easily can house 115 people including crew and guest staff.
Specs: Despite its gigantic structure and comparable weight, the yacht can reach an impressive 26 knots at maximum speed. She also exhibits exceptional worldwide capability with a range of 8,500 miles at 25 knots, all thanks to its four MTU diesel engines.
Stairway inside Dubai
Quite a sight
Camel racingThe Sheikh's passion for camel racing is equally impressive as his penache for the horse variant.
Horse Breeding and RacingSheikh Mohammed is perhaps the best known personality in the world of thoroughbred horse breeding and racing. He is one of the biggest spenders in the history of the sport, buying stables in the Middle East, Europe and the US. Four horses belonging to the Sheikh have won the UK's Epsom Derby but he still chases his dream of winning the Kentucky Derby.
A visionary leader, an avid equestrian and a noted poet, the Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates, His Highness Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum became the very first person on planet to own the Mercedes G63 AMG, which is the German automaker’s most powerful Mercedes G-Class vehicle which comes with an incredibly powerful V8 engine. Interestingly, this boxy G-Series originally went on sale to the public in 1979 as a military machine, and hasn’t left the market since. The G63 comes fully loaded with adaptive cruise control, an automatic braking system, Zagat restaurant ratings-equipped navigation system, Harmon/Kardon stereo, to name a few.