His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the Ruler of Dubai and Vice President of the UAE, is deeply loved and looked up to all over the world, but Filipe D’melo takes things to a whole other level.
D’melo is simply Sheikh Mo’s number one fan, and his favorite pastime is collecting pictures of him. He has collected around 4,000 pictures of Sheikh Mohammed over the last six years. The Dubai Ruler’s photos not only cover the walls of his house, but they are also stacked away in albums and suitcases.
D’melo has also written songs where he praises His Highness. After spending more than 40 years in the UAE, D’melo plans to go back to India in 2019 for good. However, he has one wish before he does so – to meet Sheikh Mohammed and personally gift him an album that he has made with 375 photos.
The Indian fan has made several attempts to meet Sheikh Mo, but they were all for naught. “I went to so many places to find him. During Ramadan, I tried to find out which mosque he went to for prayers. I went to that mosque but I didn’t get a chance to meet him. I asked someone who was working at the palace to help me meet him. But he said I had no chance.”