In pictures: Sheikh Mohammed's 50 years of inspiring leadership

Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, is celebrating 50 years in leadership
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1987: Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid al Maktoum of Dubai during Royal Ascot week at Ascot Racecourse in Ascot, England.
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Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashed al-Maktum (R) and his son Sheikh Hamdan take part 04 December 2003 in the Horses Capacity and Endurance Championship in Kuwait City.
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Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum (L) presents United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan with the Zayed International Prize for the Environment in Dubai 06 February 2006.
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Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum , shows a falcon to US President George W. Bush 14 January 2008 during a visit to the Sheikh Saeed al-Maktoum House in Dubai.
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Queen Elizabeth II meets Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum at Emirates Palace on November 25, 2010 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.
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Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum takes a ride through the second metro rail network during its inauguration, in the Gulf emirate of Dubai on September 9, 2011.
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Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum and actor Tom Cruise attend the 'Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol' Premiere during day one of the 8th Annual Dubai International Film Festival held at the Madinat Jumeriah Complex on December 7, 2011 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
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Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid al-Maktoum (C), takes a tour of the Emirates A380 airliner, during the opening ceremony of the Dubai Airshow on November 17, 2013.
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Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid al-Maktoum salutes the crowd as he takes part in celebrations near Dubai's Burj Khalifa, the world's tallest tower, on December 1, 2013, marking the United Arab Emirates national day and the victory for Dubai to host the 2020 World Expo.
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Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum rejoices after winning the Dubai World Cup with his horse African Story ridden by Silvestre De Sousa during the Dubai World Cup at the Meydan Racecourse on March 29, 2014 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
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Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, and Princess Haya bint Al Hussein in the Parade Ring on the fourth day of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse on June 17, 2016 in Ascot, England.
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Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum visited the Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC) to inspect the progress of the KhalifaSat project.