Crown Prince Hamdan of Dubai has asked his five million followers on Instagram for help with naming a newborn giraffe.
Posting on the popular photo sharing site, he wrote: “The circle of life. A new born male giraffe. Help me with a name.” This was accompanied by a video of the newborn giraffe which takes a few hesitant steps next to his mother in the Dubai desert.
Crown Prince Hamdan of Dubai was born on 14 November 1982 and is one of just 23 children of the Emir of Dubai. He was proclaimed Crown Prince on 1 February 2008 after his elder brother Rashid was stripped of the title. Although reasons for this remain unclear, leaked documents through WikiLeaks seem to allege that Rashid was involved in a murder, thereby making him unfit to be the heir. Rashid died of a heart attack in 2015 at the age of 33.
The Crown Prince was appointed chairman of the Dubai Executive Council in 2006. In 2009 he was appointed Supreme President of the newly founded Hamdan bin Mohammed e-university. He is also the head of the Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid establishment for young entrepreneurs, and he sits on the Dubai sports council. In 2011 he founded the Hamdan International Photography Award. He was part of the Dubai World Expo 2020 delegation when Dubai was awarded the rights to host the event.
He is a horse rider, and he won a gold medal at the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games in 2014. In 2016 he led a team of five riders at Championships in Samorín. His family are members of the Royal Ascot. He also publishes poems under the name Fazza.
Besides his five million Instagram followers, he also has 1,9 million followers on Facebook and 2,3 million followers on Twitter.