The ´land of Gold´ is mourning the death of Sheikh Rashid, the oldest son of Dubai ruler and UAE´s Vice President and Prime Minister, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum. Rashid, who had assumed an increasingly high profile, taken up a number of prominent public roles as well as partnerships in a series of lucrative businesses and also opened a number of companies, died of a heart attack at 33 recently, as reported. A passionate horseman, he set up his own racing stable, and a talented sportsman with an interest in endurance racing, he became a national hero winning two gold medals at the Asian Games. He spent considerable time working with Dubai Cares, a philanthropic organisation, which aims at providing primary education to children worldwide. Rashid, who at one point held a number of high profile roles, quietly withdrew from public life and became an enigmatic figure in the emirate he was once destined to rule. With a glittering future ahead of him, what caused his heart attack may never be known. His untimely death has left many questions unanswered, but seems likely that Sheikh Rashid will become little more than a footnote in the UAE´s royal history.