Sheikh Maktoum bin Rashid delivering a speech while he was only Fifteen years old.
Sheikh Maktoum bin Rashid Al Maktoum, aged fifteen, speech at the crown ceremony of his father, Sheikh Rashid bin Saeed Al Maktoum, the ruler of Dubai, following the death of Sheikh Saeed bin Maktoum Al Maktoum, Donald Holly, the British High Commissioner in Dubai, and Sir Bernard Burrows, the Resident British High Commissioner in Bahrain can also seen in the picture. Sheikh Maktoum delivered the speech immediately after the crown ceremony of his father at their ruler house.
Born in Al Shindagha, Dubai to the Al Maktoum family of the Al Bu Falasah tribe, he first became Prime Minister on 9 December 1971 and served until 25 April 1979 when he was replaced by his father, Sheikh Rashid bin Saeed Al Maktoum. Following the latter’s death on 7 October 1990 he resumed his position as Prime Minister and also took over as Ruler of Dubai. He served in both positions until his death on 4 January 2006.
Sheikh Maktoum also briefly served as acting President of the United Arab Emirates on 2–3 November 2004 following the death of Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan until Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan was proclaimed and installed as President of the United Arab Emirates on 4 November 2004.