Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Al Maktoum has become that one personality from the deserted lands of United Arab Emirates who definitely makes his followers around the world go wow with fascinating Instagram posts. The Crown Prince of Dubai even has fan pages and it wouldn’t be wrong to say that he is also considered to be one of the most eligible princes around the seven continents.
However, today we are going to dive deep down into the reality behind the amazing Instagram clicks and know Sheikh Hamdan’s achievements, personality, preferences and finally whether he has the potential to be the future leader of Dubai or not.
For a brief introduction, who still haven’t, unfortunately, followed Fazza (@faz3), Sheikh Hamdan is the fourth son of the current Emir of Dubai Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum. He replaced his elder brother Rashid as the Crown Prince of Dubai in 2008 after his death to cardiac arrest at the age of 33 and ever since then Sheikh Hamdan has just been making waves.
His Highness is a graduate of the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, which makes him stand right in the ranks of Sheikh Mohammad Bin Rashid, Prince William and Prince Harry in terms of education. In fact, he even holds a degree from the London School of Economics which he completed only to land up at the designation of Chairman of Dubai’s Executive Council on September 2006. Sheikh Hamdan overviews Dubai Sports Council participates in the Dubai Autism Centre and even works as a head at Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Establishment for young entrepreneurs.
Why His Life Seems So Fancy?
You may think that he has an 8.6 million following on Instagram, 4 million on Twitter for that matter and the world on his feet majorly because he is the son of great Sheikh Rashid but that certainly is not the case. Just like any adult with passion for life, he is an avid sportsman with a flair for poetry, loves traveling and considers charity as his utmost responsibility. And most important of them all, he is a family person!
Let’s explore his accolades in the relevant fields turnwise.
Being a skilled sportsman, Sheikh Hamdan loves skydiving, deep sea diving, car racing, camel jockeying, and cycling. But his most notable participations have always been in many horseback riding competitions which also won him gold medals at the 2012 and 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games. By chance, the fondness for horse riding runs in the blood as Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid himself never shies away from betting on his horses and even owns Godolphin Racing Stable.
Sheikh Hamdan is a genuine thrill seeker which is the reason why he famously climbed to the tip of the Burj Khalifa back in 2013, just to wave the UAE flag and pose for a selfie. More often than not, you also see him trekking across glaciers, experiencing different cultures all around the world and then photograph his experiences brilliantly as he enjoys taking pictures as a hobby.
Hamdan has even set up Hamdan International Photography Award, only to nurture artistic talent and encourage the appreciation of art and culture.
His Instagram username is actually inspired by the name of the pen Fazza, which he borrowed from the legendary Arabian knight to do poetry in Arabic as an ode to people who are closer to his heart (mother, father and siblings). His poems are personal and philosophical.
His Political Views:
The best thing about Sheikh Hamdan is that he understands his responsibility as a prince just like his father Sheikh Rashid, Through his little contributions so far, he has only been moving the departments and institutions under him in the right direction.
He aims to live for the people, which he also indirectly stated In an interview with Bloomberg Television in 2010, while talking about the expansion of his role.
“Communication between us and between people is the most important thing because there’s a big gap these days between people and rulers [in other countries],”
While he clearly shows the necessary leadership characteristics flavored with the qualities of modesty, simplicity, and generosity, he promises to carry forward the principles that Sandhurst has taught him when the time comes for him to rule. To elaborate, he explained in an interview to Dubai Magazine back in 2012 that
“What you learn in prominent military academies like Sandhurst revolves around the values of discipline, responsibility, and commitment. These values are practically essential to carry out your responsibilities competently.”
So, the next time when you see Sheikh Hamdan driving his car down the streets of Dubai, eating in restaurants or chatting with people, meet him up because he might just be the prince you need!