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Dubai ruler renames hospital in memory of late mother

Rebrand celebrates HH Sheikh Mohammed’s sixth year as ruler of the Gulf emirate

Dubai ruler renames hospital in memory of late mother
HH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, ruler of Dubai and vice-president of the UAE

Dubai’s ruler has renamed Al Wasl Hospital as Dubai Latifa
Hospital in memory of his late mother as part of a wider campaign aimed at
honouring mothers across the UAE.

HH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum on Sunday launched
an emirate-wide campaign to celebrate all mothers to mark his sixth year as
Dubai’s ruler

 “I issued a directive today to rename Al Wasl hospital
in Dubai to Latifa Hospital honouring the memory of my late mother,” Sheikh
Mohammed said on his Facebook page.

“Let’s share our best moments with our mothers. I’ll start
with my mother, the late Sheikha Latifa Bint Hamdan Bin Zayed Al Nahyan: my
most beautiful is the memory of the morning chats we used to have over
breakfast, giving me such energy to start my day,” he wrote in an earlier

Sheikh Mohammed, also vice president of the UAE, has
conducted several visits to mothers across Dubai in the last few days.

“Many people have contacted me regarding the celebrations of
the sixth anniversary of my accession on Jan 4….I don’t wish to be celebrated
personally, instead, each year a deserving group in our society shall be
recognised. Last year we celebrated orphans…this year we shall celebrate
mothers,” he wrote on Sunday.

Sheikh Mohammed last month spoke of his ambition to make the
UAE “number one”
. When asked in a CNN interview how much further he wants to go
following the rapid rise of the UAE on the world map, he said: “We want to be
number one.”

In the interview, part of which was filmed on the UAE’s 40th
National Day celebrations, Dubai’s ruler denied that recent salary increases
for government workers was because he was worried about the political unrest in
the region spreading to the Gulf state.

“No, it's not because of the Arab Spring; we did it before
the Arab Spring started,” he said.