ABU DHABI // A five-year-old Emirati boy's dream of being a prince for a day has come true thanks to the UAE's Make-A-Wish foundation.
Abdulrahman was taken to the Al Bateen Palace in the capital dressed in custom-made royal robes yesterday, and was greeted by Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan and Sheikh Mohammed bin Sultan.
Instead of his usual day of playing football or watching Arabs Got Talent on television, he was seated at the head of the table to entertain his guests before leading them into the dining room for dinner.
Abdulrahman suffers from haemophilia and is being treated at Abu Dhabi's Sheikh Khalifa Medical Centre.
The Make-A-Wish foundation grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions, to enrich their human experience with hope, strength and joy.
The group is one of the world's leading children's charities, with branches in 48 countries on five continents. Since 1980, it has granted almost 300,000 wishes to youngsters around the world.
The Emirates' branch has made dreams come true for more than 600 children since it was set up in 2003.