By Baron Henri Estramant.
The amiri courts of Fujairah and Ajman in the United Arab Emirates decreed three days of mourning following the demise of Sheikha Fatima bint Rashid bin Humaid Al Nuaimi.
The lady passed away on 13 December 2014 in the Emirate of Fujairah. She was the mother of the incumbent Amir of Fujairah, His Highness Sheikh Hamad bin Mohammed Al Sharqi (b. 1948). Likewise sister of the Amir of Ajman, His Highness Humaid II bin Rashid Al-Humaid Al Nuaimi (b. 1931).
Sheikha Fatima’s father was the late Amir of Ajman, Sheikh Rashid bin Humaid Al Nuaimi, who ruled the emirate for 54 years between 1928 and 1981. He founded the Ajman Police in 1967.
The Personal Representative of the UAE’s President, HH Sheikh Sultan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, sent a telegram of condolences to the amirs of Fujairah and Ajman. The latter is a common courtesy practiced among the courts of all Gulf ruling houses. Flags were flown half-masted for three days as a sign of mourning in Ajman and Fujairah.
The industry of Fujairah consists of cement, stone crushing and mining. The emirate has established its own Free Trade Zone as well as the Fujairah Culture and Media Authority (FCMA) back in 2006.
Ajman is the smallest of the emirates surface-wise. Ajman Port and Ajman Free Zone are major contributors to the emirate’s economy. A new international airport is expected to be completed by 2018 after budget of 571 millions dollars was approved by the emirate’s Crown Prince, Sheikh Ammar bin Humaid Al Nuaimi on 14 September 2014.