Son of Sharjah Ruler, Sheikh Khalid bin Sultan, dies in UK
The Ministry of Presidential Affairs declares three days of national mourning
Sheikh Khalid bin Sultan Al Qasimi (centre) pictured in 2013. Pawan Singh / The National
July 2, 2019
July 2, 2019
The son of the Ruler of Sharjah has died, the emirate's Ruler's Court announced on Tuesday.
Sheikh Khalid bin Sultan Al Qasimi died on Monday in London, said Sharjah Media Office. He was 39.
The Ministry of Presidential Affairs said President Sheikh Khalifa ordered three days of national official mourning, beginning when the body is repatriated, with flags to be flown at half mast.
The Ruler's Court of Sharjah said the repatriation of Sheikh Khalid's body to the UAE and details for funeral prayers will be announced at a later time.
The court offered its condolences to Sheikh Dr Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi, Ruler of Sharjah, and Al Qasimi family.
Sheikh Khalid was the chairman of Sharjah Urban Planning Council. He also led work on Sharjah Architecture Triennial, an exhibition and series of events held every three years.
Sheikh Khalid was the creative director and co-owner of a British fashion label, Qasimi, whose debut collection premiered in 2008.
He moved to the UK aged 9 and studied at Tonbridge School in Kent. He went on to study French and Spanish at University College London and earned a degree in architectural studies at the Association School of Architecture, according to the Qasimi company website.
On Tuesday, Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces, led messages of condolence to Sheikh Dr Sultan.
“We received the news od the death of our son, Sheikh Khalid bin Sultan Al Qasimi, may God rest his soul, with great sadness and sorrow,” he said in a tweet.
“We extend to our dear brother Sheikh Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi and Al Qasimi family our sincere condolences.”
Tributes and messages of condolences flooded in on social media from across the country with many praying that God rest his soul and offering their sympathies to Sheikh Dr Sultan.
Users tweeted pictures of the father and son together, as well as photos of Sheikh Khalid with his brother, Sheikh Mohammed bin Sultan, who died 20 years ago.
Patrick Moody, the British ambassador to the UAE, tweeted his "deepest condolences" to Sheikh Dr Sultan and his family.
Sheikh Dr Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi, Ruler of Sharjah, pictured in May 2018. Wam
Sheikh Dr Sultan shared the announcement of his youngest son's death on Instagram, posting the statement from the Ruler's Court with a black and white photo of Sheikh Khalid.
"Sheikh Khalid bin Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi is in the care of God," the post read.