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Dubai ruler's helmet sells for $6.5m at charity auction

Sheikh Mohammad donated the item to raise funds for the Al Jalila Foundation

Dubai ruler's helmet sells for $6.5m at charity auction

A riding helmet donated by Dubai’s Ruler has sold for AED24.05 million ($6.54 million) at a charity auction this week, according to a report in Gulf News.

HH Sheikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, wore the helmet at the 2015 FEI CEI Endurance Championship Race and donated it to a fundraising auction organised by the Al Jalila Foundation.

It was not revealed who the winning bidder was.

The Al Jalila Foundation is described as a global philanthropic organisation dedicated to transforming lives through medical education and research. Founded by Sheikh Mohammed in April 2013, it was named after his daughter, Sheikha Al Jalila Bint Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum.

“We need more than ever to intensify our efforts to combat diseases,” Princess Haya bint Al Hussein, Sheikha Al Jalila’s mother and chairperson of Dubai Healthcare City Authority, said in a booklet about the auction.

“Thousands of people are usually involved in the discovery of any new medicine or cure. This is not the end of medical research but a permanent commitment to life.”

The auction also reportedly included a horse owned by Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai, and a series of 300-year-old miniature Quran manuscripts.

 

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