Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum is the Prime Minister and Vice President of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), and absolute monarch of Dubai.
He is the third of Rashid bin Saeed Al Maktoum's four sons (members of Dubai's ruling family Al Maktoum and descendants of the House of Al-Falasi, of which he is the tribal leader).
From the age of four, Sheikh Mohammed was privately tutored in Arabic and Islamic Studies.
In 1955, he began his formal education at Al Ahmedia School. At the age of 10, he moved to Al Shaab School, and two years later, he went to Dubai Secondary School.
In 1966, he and his cousin, Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifa Al-Maktoum, attended the Bell Educational Trust's English Language School in the United Kingdom.