Ruler of UAE's Ras al Khaimah emirate dies

October 27, 2010 11:12


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Sheik Saqr bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, the ruler of the Ras al Khaimah emirate and one of the world's longest-reigning monarchs, died Wednesday, state media reported. He was 90.

No immediate details on Al Qasimi's death were given by the state-run news agency WAM. Al Qasimi was succeeded by his son, Sheik Saud Bin Saqr Al Qasimi, who was chosen as crown prince seven years ago to open a messy family feud with his half brother.Al Qasimi took control of the northernmost emirate in a bloodless coup in the late 1940s — decades before the United Arab Emirates became a country — as part of a dynasty that has ruled the area since the 18th century.

The emirate, one of seven comprising the UAE, is far less developed than Dubai or Abu Dhabi. But it has sought to boost foreign investment recently by launching an airline, developing basic industries such as ceramic production and courting resort developers.

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