x Abu Dhabi, UAEMonday 24 July 2017

Dubai Ruler honours mother on anniversary

Ruler of Dubai renames Al Wasl hospital in memory of his mother, Sheikha Latifa.

DUBAI // Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, Vice President of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, has renamed Al Wasl Hospital in memory of his mother, Sheikha Latifa bint Hamdan.

The Dubai Ruler had recently asked that celebrations of the sixth anniversary of his accession yesterday be focused on honouring mothers in the UAE.

Tweeting to his 600,000-odd followers and using the hashtag #ThankUmother, Sheikh Mohammed said the hospital would now be known as Latifa Hospital.

The facility, built in 1987, was the first in Dubai to focus on the care of women and children.

Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak, the chairwoman of the General Women's Union and of the Family Development Foundation, and the wife of the late Sheikh Zayed, was also honoured by the Dubai Ruler and given a Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Honorary Sash in the colours of the national flag.

"Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak had always stood by Sheikh Zayed, extended support for Emirati women, and brought up great leaders #ThankUmother.

"Honouring Sheikha Fatima is not only my initiative; it comes from all Emiratis who have seen & lived her numerous achievements," Sheikh Mohammed said, also referring to her as the "Mother of Emirates".

zalhassani@thenational.ae