Death of HH Sheikh Saqr, Ruler of Ras Al Khaimah, age 92, October 2010
Sheikh Saqr Dies After 62-Year Rule in U.A.E.’s RAK Emirate
Oct. 27 - Sheikh Saqr bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, who ruled Ras Al Khaimah, one of the seven members of the United Arab Emirates, since 1948, died today at the age of 92, the official news agency WAM reported on its website. WAM didn’t specify the cause of death. Sheikh Saqr had been receiving treatment in a hospital in Abu Dhabi, the capital of the U.A.E., since June.
The Emirates’ Supreme Council endorsed his son, Crown Prince Sheikh Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi, as the new ruler, the news service said.
The rapid handover may aim to avert a power struggle between Sheikh Saqr’s two sons for control of the sheikhdom on the Strait of Hormuz, an artery for a fifth of the world’s oil. In 2003, Sheikh Saqr switched his preference to his younger son, Sheikh Saud, as heir. The ousted candidate, Sheikh Khalid, alleges that his half-brother fosters trade with Iran.
Ruler of UAE's Ras Al Khaimah Emirate dies
DUBAI (Reuters) - The ruler of Ras Al Khaimah, the fourth-largest emirate of the United Arab Emirates, died on Wednesday, the Gulf state's news agency said, and will be succeeded by his crown prince son Sheikh Saud. Sheikh Saqr al Qasimi, believed to be in his late 90s, had ruled the northern emirate of Ras Al Khaimah for more than 60 years, dating back to before the UAE's inception in 1971. He had been in hospital for several months.
Analysts do not see Sheikh Saqr's death as posing any risk to the overall political stability of the UAE, even though Ras Al Khaimah (RAK) is considered the least stable emirate of the seven-member federation.
Ras Al Khaimah, the closest emirate to Iran, effectively has been under the leadership of Saud since his older half brother, Sheikh Khalid, was deposed as crown prince in 2003 by decree.
Khalid has campaigned for several years to regain the leadership, but most analysts believe it is unlikely he will win power. Some believed his quest -- and his popularity in the emirate -- could complicate any transition.
A source close to Sheikh Khalid told Reuters Wednesday his palace in Ras Al Khaimah had been surrounded by military vehicles. An eyewitness said there was also an additional security presence around the residence of Sheikh Saud.
In 2003, the federal government dispatched tanks to guard the palaces of the then newly appointed crown prince Saud, now in his 50s, a day after Khalid was dethroned.
Analysts said this time the succession process would most likely be smooth.
In Loving Remembrance of Sheikh Saqr Bin Mohammad Al Qasimi, Ruler of Ras Al Khaimah,
Sheikh Saqr was the second longest reigning current monarch (after the King of Thailand) and was the eldest reigning monarch.
My condolences to the family!
He must have had an iron health!
But time comes for everyone to go...
Condolences to the Family.
Rest in Peace.
Crown Prince Sheikh Saud (R), son of the late ruler Sheikh Saqr al Qasimi, attends his father's funeral in Ras Al Khaimah October 27, 2010. The ruler of the United Arab Emirates' fourth-largest emirate died on Wednesday, said the Gulf state's news agency. He will be succeeded by his son Sheikh Saud. Sheikh al Qasimi, believed to be in his late 90s, had ruled the northern emirate of Ras Al Khaimah for more than 60 years, dating back to before the UAE's inception in 1971.
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A handout picture from the Emirati news agency (WAM) shows (from L-R) Dubai ruler Sheikh Mohammad bin Rashed al-Maktoum, Ruler of Sharjah Shiekh Sultan Bin Mohammed al-Qassimi and Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi Mohammad bin Zayed al-Nahayan (R), attending the funeral of Sheikh Saqr bin Mohammed al-Qassimi, ruler of of Ras al-Khaima, on October 27, 2010 after he died at the age of 92.
Leaders mourn ruler
Sheik Saqr al-Qasimi, Ruler of Arab Emirate, Dies at 90
Sheik Saqr took control of Ras al Khaymah, the northernmost emirate, in a bloodless coup in the late 1940s — decades before the United Arab Emirates became a country — as part of a dynasty that has ruled the area since the 18th century.The emirate is less developed than Dubai or Abu Dhabi, but it has sought to attract foreign investment recently by creating an airline, developing basic industries like ceramic production and courting resort developers.
Sheik Saqr initially refused to join the federation in 1971 until he received guarantees that the new nation would not give up its claims to several islands under Iranian control.
The line of succession in the emirate has been a simmering dispute since Sheik Saqr rejected his eldest son, Sheik Khalid bin Saqr al-Qasimi, as the crown prince in 2003 and chose Sheik Saud to succeed him. In recent months, Sheik Khalid has stepped up his efforts to succeed his father, hiring an American public relations firm to press his case in Washington. He does not, however, possess any authority to block the succession.
Federal authorities moved quickly to forestall any challenges to the succession. The Federal Supreme Council, made up of the rulers of each of the emirates, announced its “full support” for Sheik Saud as Ras al Khaymah’s new leader.
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