No Days Off: Sheikh Hamdan casually hits the gym one day after wedding.


No Days Off: Sheikh Hamdan casually hits the
gym one day after wedding. Dubai’s Crown Prince Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed
bin Rashid Al Maktoum has taken the “No Days Off” motto to a whole new level. Fazza, as he is lovingly nicknamed, celebrated
his marriage to Sheikha Sheikha bint Saeed bin Thani Al Maktoum on Thursday, which marked
the third day of Eid el-Fitr. This means he has not one – but two – valid
reasons to skip the gym on Friday, right? Apparently not. Being the dedicated fitness enthusiast that
he is, Fazza replaced his bisht (men’s cloak) with workout attire and headed to the gym
less than 24 hours after the ceremony; and if that’s not the ultimate motivation to get
off the couch and start exercising, we don’t know what is. On Friday morning, Sheikh Hamdan posted an
Instagram story capturing some gym equipment, indicating he is exercising the day after
his wedding ceremony. Prior to that story, he posted videos of a
dog at Nad Al Sheba Sports Complex in Dubai, where he most likely carried out his workout. Fazza had officially signed his marriage certificate
to his now-wife, who is also a member of the Al Maktoum family, back in mid-May. The union was celebrated with a luxurious
ceremony held at the Dubai World Trade Centre on Thursday. He got married alongside two of his brothers,
Sheikh Maktoum (Deputy Ruler of Dubai) and Sheikh Ahmad (Chairman of the Mohammed bin
Rashid Al Maktoum Knowledge Foundation), who respectively tied the knot with Sheikha Mariam
bint Butti Al Maktoum and Sheikha Midya bint Damlouj Al Maktoum. In accordance with Islamic traditions that
encourage gender segregation, the event was exclusive to men, with reports of a separate
reception for women being held at a later date. When he’s not being a “natural leader,” the
36-year-old crown prince is all about leading a healthy, active, and adventurous life, encouraging
Dubai’s residents and his 8.2 Instagram followers to follow suit. Fazza’s Instagram account is filled with photos
of him performing all sorts of activities and adventures, from cycling and riding horses,
to swimming with sharks and competing at the UAE’s Gov Games. Late last year, he helped launch Dubai Fitness
Challenge, a 30-day challenge that motivated around one million participants to exercise
for 30 minutes a day for a month. “The challenge starts with you,” the royal,
who is also the chairman of the Dubai Sports Council, wrote on Instagram at the time. “Let’s turn Dubai into the most active city.”

Michael Martin

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