Daughter of Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid pays emotional tribute to father

Sheikha Hissa shares pictures of herself and Sheikh Hamdan on Twitter as the Crown Prince of Dubai shares his own tribute

The daughter of Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid paid an emotional tribute to her father, who died this week, on social media.

Sharing four photos of herself and Sheikh Hamdan on Twitter, Sheikha Hissa said: “People lost a father. I lost my best friend.”

The images show the pair together at various stages of their lives and paint a sweet picture of a loving relationship.

On March 24, after the announcement of Sheikh Hamdan's death, she tweeted: “My beloved father is with God.”

Reacting to a video montage of Sheikh Hamdan, who was an avid fan of horse racing, on Racing TV, the grieving daughter wrote: “I couldn’t hold back my tears the moment I saw his watch.”

In another post, Sheikha Hissa shared an image of her three brothers at their father's funeral calling on God to "strengthen their hearts".

Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed, Crown Prince of Dubai, shared his own tribute on Friday, posting a video montage of his namesake.

It showed images of Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid throughout his life, including when he was sworn into his government positions.

Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid's death was announced on Wednesday by his younger brother, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, Vice President and Ruler of Dubai.

He was the Deputy Ruler of Dubai and Minister of Finance.

A mourning period of 10 days was declared in Dubai.

Flags are being flown at half-staff in Dubai and for three days since Thursday work is suspended in government departments and institutions.

Funeral prayers were led by Sheikh Mohammed at Zabeel Mosque the same day, when he was joined by his son, Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed, Crown Prince of Dubai, among other members of the royal family and dignitaries.

Sheikha Hissa is the Goodwill Ambassador for the Gulf Region and the author of Tajaarub: From a Horsewoman's Journey, which speaks of the powerful connection between people and horses.

She also supports Voices of Future Generations for the Middle East Region, a Unesco initiative that allows children aged between eight and 12 to share adventure stories on how to create a sustainable future and combat climate change.

Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid is laid to rest in Dubai