United Arab Emirates
The times are changing, and – taking in account the age of many of the monarchs worldwide – it is safe to assume that the coming years, we will see at least a few changes in the succession lines. Time to take a closer look at all those heirs, how they have prepared for their duties and how they are perceived among the public. In this blog we discuss the Crown Princes of Abu Dhabi and Dubai, the two most well-known of the seven Emirates that form the UAE.
The Middle East and North African countries are in the midst of revolution and protests. Tunisian President Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali decided to quit his palace overlooking the Mediterranean when, after weeks – or even months – of civil protests, the military and police force decided to join the revolution. Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, too, stepped down from his position only a week ago, after continuing protests from his people all over the country. The protest fever has infected other countries in the region as well.
Sheikh Saqr al Qasimi, the ruler of Ras al Khaimah, one of the smaller states making up the United Arab Emirates, died earlier today, 27 October, after being ill for several months. He was in his early 90s and had been ruler since 1948, making him the world’s oldest ruler and the second longest reigning monarch after King Bhumibol of Thailand, who has reigned since 1946. His death means that Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom, who became queen in February 1952, is now the world’s second longest reigning monarch.