Sheikh Rashid was a visionary and he laid the whole infrastructure of Dubai all those years ago. What his children did was build on that. I heard from an Indian doctor in Dubai that when he started working in a public hospital in Dubai, he was visited by a "local" at 7 a.m. sharp. The "local" stopped his car at the entrance, and doctor (who happened to be passing by) told him off! He told him this is a hospital and you are not allowed to park here. All of a sudden, everyone came storming out of the hospital telling the doctor off, because the local was none other than Rashid himself. The doc said he was so petrified that he started packing his stuff etc. The next day, he got called by his boss and thinking the worst, he took his resignation letter with him. He said not only was he not reprimanded but he was given a raise because of his dedication!
When Sheikh Rashid passed away, a one minute silence was announced at the UN. That is quite something especially for a small sheikhdom.
I once read a book about the Shah, and it said that the only Sheikh the Shah treated with respect was Sheikh Rashid. Apparently with the others he had a very condescending attitude (which is not nice at all). He was quoted as saying that "you cannot but respect Sheikh Rashid".
La la & pallas athina: Hamdan is Fatima's son. I don't know how many kids Sheikh Zayed has in total but as silver charm mentioned, there is a picture of him with all his sons. Let's just say that the picture is landscape and not portrait
. I can't find the picture online.
Zayed's last wife is from the prominent Kitbi tribe and some of her sons are Mansour, Saeed, Saif and.... forgot the last one.