Sheikh Mohammed said he was ‘a source of laughter and happiness in the Gulf’.

Legendary Kuwaiti actor Abdulhussain Abdulredha passed away last week at the age of 78. The comedian was a household name across the Gulf, known for his biting political satire, such as his comic portrayal of Saddam Hussein.

As thousands of mourners gathered in Kuwait to attend his funeral on Wednesday evening, Dubai’s iconic Burj Al Arab lit up with a picture of the star.

HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, vice president of the UAE and ruler of Dubai, also paid tribute to the actor on social media.

“Today, Kuwait and the people of GCC countries bid farewell to artiste Abdulhussein Abdulredha,” he said.

“We say goodbye to a source of laughter and happiness in the Gulf. Every GCC citizen had a ‘beautiful time’ with you. May Allah keep you happy in your final abode.”

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