Hamdan bin Mohammed Al Maktoum shared a photo of him sitting on the Tube next to his father, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, the Ruler of Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE).
They were dressed in casual clothes, with the Crown Prince of Dubai wearing a T-shirt and jeans as he posed for photos and videos.
Their plain clothed entourage can also be seen in a video posted on Instagram, standing on the busy Tube next to members of the public.
He is popularly known as Fazza, the name he publishes his poetry under, and knows the UK well since he was graduated from Sandhurst and went to the London School of Economics.
The Sheikhs boast a vast UK property empire in and around London and also own the Longcross Estate in Surrey, thought to be worth around £75 million.
The Crown Prince of Dubai is a keen social media user with more than 1.8 million followers on Twitter alone. Dubai’s Crown Prince is a star on Instagram. With some 3.5 million subscribers, he has long since overtaken royals such as Prince William and Kate. Moreover he emphasises Islamic values. The Sheikh introduces himself as the face of a new generation of rich Arabs, without scandals. Prince Hamdan paints a picture of a better Arabia and displays his ideal world on Instagram; he stands out in comparison with other privileged children of kings and celebrities who have attracted attention with sex orgies and drug parties. In his Instagram world, the Sheikh primarily focuses on pursuits and leisure activities that are “permitted” by islamic teachings like falcon hunting, water sports, family, horse-riding or even cuddling baby tigers!
Fazza3 thereby promotes himself as an ideal for a young Arab, Muslim generation searching for a new role model and yearning for their own Arab identity. His photos show how approachable he is and that he enjoyed a peaceful childhood in surroundings that reflected the “true meaning of life” as he writes on his website. He regards his father as his role model and his views as “stars that show me the way”