By Sarah Townsend
Sheikh Hamdan describes his feelings on the loss of his older sibling, who died on Saturday
The Crown Prince of Dubai has written a poem in memory of his brother, Sheikh Rashid bin Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, who died of a heart attack on Saturday, aged 33.
Sheikh Rashid was the eldest son of the Prime Minister and Vice-President of the UAE, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum.
A three-day period of mourning was declared in Dubai after news of Sheikh Rashid’s death was announced on state news agency WAM.
On Wednesday it was reported that Sheikh Hamdan – known to be a keen poet and spokesman – has written a poem entitled 'My Brother: The Word' in loving memory of his brother.
According to a report in the National, the poem was written in a colloquial form of Arabic known as Nabati poetry, popular among Bedouin tribesmen.
In the poem, Sheikh Hamdan expresses his indescribable sadness and loss, and says he wishes for nothing but to see his brother again.
He also writes of the difficulty of keeping his emotions under control when in public, and how thoughts of his brother’s favourite places only makes him more sad.
The words, “my brother” are the two most beautiful words he has ever heard, he wrote.
The poem was shared by thousands of people on social media after the royal recorded it in audio form and posted the recording on his official Twitter feed.
A keen horse lover, Sheikh Rashid was the owner of Zabeel Stables.
The Dubai ruler’s court said in a statement on Saturday: “We belong to Allah and to Him we shall return.”
Sheikh Mohammed and his family continue to receive condolences from the UAE and abroad.
Sheikh Hamdan’s poems can be read in Arabic here.
How beautiful! I hope it will be translated into English so we can read it. So incredibly sad for Sheikh Hamdan to lose his brother at such an early age and of course, to Sheikh Mohammed and the family. Heartbreaking.
I read the Arabic Property; it was so emotional and I had tears in my eyes. Dubai Crown Prince was describing how he wish that he could divide his age and years of living into two and give his brother half of his years of living. Also, he was describing what the word "Brother" meant to him and that there is no word equivalent to it. He mentioned how he was trying to show resiliency in front of public but can't resist his emotions when he is alone.
I have cried my eyes off reading and listening to crown prince's poem. Extremely touching words and deep meaning of brotherhood. Allah Yirham Sheikh Rashid.