Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid writes poem in honour of Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed

The poem likens Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed to a lion

Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, Vice President and Ruler of Dubai, and Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces, pictured prior to the Covid-19 outbreak. Courtesy: Dubai Media Office 
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Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, Vice President and Ruler of Dubai, has written a poem dedicated to Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces.

He shared the poem, titled The Lion, on Twitter on Sunday. Layered with multiple meanings, the language of the poem combined classical Arabic and elements of the local dialect, making it difficult to translate completely.

In the ode, he likened Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed's strength to that of a lion. He said Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed commanded respect and was well protected by his family and loved ones, should anyone try to attack him.

He said the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi would feel no fear when he bled and "if he dies, he will die in the highest place [with the highest honour]".

He said one hit from Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed "could turn stone into rubble".

Describing Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed as his friend through times of peace and war, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid ended his poem by wishing "Bu Khaled" a long and prosperous life.

Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid is an avid poet and frequently shares his work online.

He published a collection of 18 poems, called For the Love of Horses, last year.

In 2015, a collection of his Nabati poems were turned into a musical theatrical production.

Al Faris (The Knight) was inspired by poems on loyalty, love, humanity, courage and leadership.

Nabati poetry stems from the Gulf and is written using local dialect, rather than classical Arabic. Also known as "the people's poetry" or "Bedouin poetry", Nabati poetry is very popular in the UAE.