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The boys' grandfather Sheik Saeed bin Maktoum al Maktoum spent hours spinning tales of his equine exploits and recounting the many battles won by mounted Islamic armies. At the end of each school day, the brothers would sprint to their father's stables, grab a horse, and speed along the beach past fishermen scrambling to get out of the way. They were master horsemen, but few outside Dubai, as Sheik Mohammed soon learned, were aware of that. to learn En glish at a language school in Cambridge and to live with a local family. The young sheik protested. "She thought these horses, this magnificent Thoroughbred, belonged to them," Sheik Mohammed says. His voice is gravelly and strong and his English heavily accented. "So I argued, 'No, they descended from my horse. ' She couldn't understand. "As Sheik Mohammed saw it, the British were just a blip in the history of Adidas Gazelle Flowers the racehorse.

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Sheik Mohammed vegetable soup. Growing up, the sheik led a life that blended royal and traditional desert lifestyles. Long before the country started pumping out oil in 1969, Dubai was a prosperous port where traders from the Middle East and India came to buy and sell gold. Like its neighbors, it had ceded control of foreign policy and defense to the British Empire in exchange for maritime peace and political support. Sheiks who sided with the empire were paid handsomely for drilling rights and other privileges. Sheik Mohammed's father, Sheik Rashid bin Saeed al Maktoum, was one such ruler. He represented the fourth generation of Maktoums to govern the land, and he made sure his sons Maktoum, Hamdan, Mohammed, and Ahmed were grounded in their Bedouin heritage. That included a mastery of horses, which were key to both war and transportation in the desert. Bedouin have a long tradition as expert riders and strict breeders, able to recount the pedigree of each of their animals. Sheik Rashid personally taught his sons how to ride, interrupting his schedule to meet them at the royal stables.

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ago, before the Thoroughbred even existed. The wildflower lined road to his Godolphin stables in Dubai offers telling evidence of the depth of the ruler's passion: There, a 150 foot long, 25 foot high billboard reads, GODOLPHIN: BRINGING THE RACEHORSE HOME. "DID YOU ASK YOURSELF WHY I named my stables Darley and Godolphin?" Sheik Mohammed asks. He's sitting on a blue leather couch in a suite at Nad al Sheba. On the wall is an oil painting of him with two of his seven sons (he also has nine daughters). Crisford takes a seat nearby. A cell phone rings, and the sheik pulls out a beat up Nokia. He's a surprisingly down to earth guy. He drives himself around Dubai in a white Mercedes G Class truck (the license plate displays only the numeral Adidas Gazelle Black

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1) and loves to dance, hunt, and write poetry. No bodyguards or assistants trail him. Still, the ruler is comfortable with ceremony.

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