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Dubai Rulers

• Late Sheikh Maktoum bin Buti Al Maktoum, 1833 - 1852
• Late Sheikh Saeed bin Buti Al Maktoum,1852 - 1859
• Late Sheikh Hasher bin Maktoum Al Maktoum, 1859 - 1886
• Late Sheikh Rashid bin Maktoum Al Maktoum, 1886 - 1894
• Late Sheikh Maktoum bin Hasher Al Maktoum, 1894 - 1906
• Late Sheikh Buti bin Suhail Al Maktoum, 1906 - 1912
• Late Sheikh Saeed bin Maktoum Al Maktoum, 1912 – 1958

Late Sheikh Rashid bin Saeed Al Maktoum, 1958 - 1990
Well-loved and greatly respected by the residents of Dubai, Sheikh Rashid ruled the emirate with compassion and with a clear vision of what was required in order to transform Dubai into a modern city. Driven by this vision, Sheikh Rashid accomplished what many believed to be the impossible. As the first-born son of Sheikh Saeed, he involved himself at an early age in the politics of the emirate. He frequently attended his father's Majlis; ever curious, he would listen intently to each man's dilemma or opinion. Read More

Late Sheikh Maktoum bin Rashid Al Maktoum, 1990 - 2006
The achievements of the UAE in the past three decades are evidence of the abilities of the people who worked selflessly alongside the first UAE President, His Highness Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan.
The achievements of the late Sheikh Maktoum bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, marked him as a leader who enjoyed a close bond with his people and shared their dreams. Sheikh Maktoum ruled Dubai between November 1990 and January 2006. Read More

His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum - Vice President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates and Ruler of Dubai.
His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates and Ruler of Dubai, is a major source of inspiration for the development of Dubai, due to his vision, wisdom and positive energy, as well as his decisive desire and eagerness to progress and achieve top ranks worldwide; his vision was the main source of inspiration in developing the Dubai Plan 2021.

Sheikh Mohammed is the founder of modern Dubai and the leader of the quality and excellence journey, as well as the competitiveness journey aimed at steering the UAE towards new heights and to reaching top ranks in many of the global competitiveness indexes. He was also the ambitious force behind the launch of the human development process.

His Highness learnt from his father, the late Sheikh Rashid bin Saeed Al Maktoum, the qualities of visionary leadership, generosity, courage and compassion. Loyalty, faith and a sense of belonging run deep through his veins. This gave life to a distinguished leader with a wise and clear vision, a great talent and a wealth of knowledge. He is a leader who brought his people to glory and great civilization.

His Highness was born in 1949, and grew up in the house of the late founding father of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Rashid bin Saeed Al Maktoum. On January 4th, 2006, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum became the Ruler of Dubai following the death of his brother Sheikh Maktoum bin Rashid Al Maktoum. On January 5th, the members of the UAE Supreme Council elected Sheikh Mohammed the UAE Vice President, and His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan nominated His Highness Sheikh Mohammed as the UAE Prime Minister and commissioned him the formation of the Government of the UAE.

Since becoming the Vice President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates and Ruler of Dubai, numerous revolutionary initiatives, programs, achievements and plans have been rolled out, including the leadership symposium, the book "My Vision… Challenges in the Race for Excellence", the first government summit, the book "Flashes of Thought", the Dubai Strategic Plan 2015 and the Dubai Plan 2021.
His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid believes that the basis of proper development is the "vision" which places equal focus upon finer details and goals significance. It is diversity that gives civilisations their distinctive essence. The wise leadership in Dubai, through the different historical stages the emirate has witnessed, has always played a major role in transforming Dubai over the decades into a leading global city.

His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid says that: “Besides our interest in pursuing and expanding sustainable development and investment, we are also expanding in various areas of human development. My vision for Dubai is to be the number one and to be a leader in the fields of education, healthcare and housing regionally and globally. I aspire to grant my people, the UAE nationals, the best standard of living. It is our right to be the world’s number one in education, healthcare, housing and all other fields.”