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Sheikh Mohammed pays tribute to tragic national service recruit

Dubai ruler visits family of Mohammed Khalid Khalifa Al Raisi who died during training at Armed Forces Residences

Sheikh Mohammed pays tribute to tragic national service recruit
Mohammed Khalid Khalifa Al Raisi. (Twitter)

Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the UAE's Vice President and Prime Minister, has paid tribute to a national service recruit who died after suffering a heart attack on Saturday night.

Sheikh Mohammed, also Dubai ruler, posted on his official Twitter account on Monday that he had visited the family of Mohammed Khalid Khalifa Al Raisi to pass on his condolences.

Al Raisi died on his way to hospital shortly after midnight on Saturday after suffering a heart attack at the Armed Forces Residences, it was announced on Sunday.

Sheikh Mohammed said: “Today, I have visited the family of the national service recruit Mohammed Al Raisi and presented my condolences. I felt his parents’ pride and their patience over his loss knowing that he has found God’s peace.

“The greatest consolation to Mohammed Al Raisi’s family is that he died while serving his country, and our greatest consolation is that he left us carrying a soldier’s badge of honour [on his shoulder].”

Abu Dhabi daily The National reported on Monday that Al Raisi was buried on Sunday morning in Al Yahar graveyard and the funeral will run at his family home until Tuesday.

In June, the president of the UAE issued a law implementing compulsory military service for Emirati men, a move highlighting the Gulf state's concern over turmoil in the region.

The UAE had first said in January that it would introduce the law which applies to all males between the ages of 18 and 30 and in good medical health.

Men who have a high school degree or its equivalent will serve nine months, while those who do not have a high school diploma will serve for two years.

Participation for women, who can only serve for nine months, is optional and will require the approval of their legal guardians.

Military service includes training periods, military exercises and lectures on patriotism and security.