United Arab Emirates’ Finance Minister and Deputy Ruler of Dubai, Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum, has died at the age of 75.
His death was announced by the Dubai media office.
Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum was the brother of Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the UAE Prime Minister and ruler of the Emirate of Dubai.
Hamdan had been finance minister since 1971, when the country was founded. For several months, he had been unwell for several months and underwent surgery abroad in 2020; although further details were not disclosed.
He is credited with turning Dubai into a world centre of trade and business, and led Emirati delegations to the International Monetary Fund and the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries Fund for international development.
UAE President Khalifa bin Zayed ordered that flags be flown at half-mast across the country until Saturday to mark three days of mourning.
Dubai has also announced a 10-day mourning period.
Funeral prayers will be restricted to family members due to the Coronavirus pandemic, the Dubai media office added.