Watch: Here's some rare footage of Sheikh Mohammed speaking English
“Nice to meet you!”
Our minds were collectively blown by the zero-gravity seats and the virtual windows. And it turns out, us commoners weren’t the only ones who were impressed.
A clip posted to the official Emirates Instagram shows HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, vice president of the UAE and ruler of Dubai, being given a personal tour of the swagtastic new suites by Sir Tim Clark, president of Emirates.
His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai (@hhshkmohd) was received by His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Emirates Group Chairman and Chief Executive (@hhahmedbinsaeed) onboard the new Emirates Boeing 777, and given a tour of the new game changing fully enclosed First Class Suite by Sir Tim Clark, President of Emirates airline. #DAS17 #GameChanger تفقد صاحب السمو الشيخ محمد بن راشد آل مكتوم نائب رئيس الدولة رئيس مجلس الوزراء حاكم دبي جناح الدرجة الأولى الجديد على طائرة البوينج 777. وكان في استقباله سمو الشيخ احمد بن سعيد آل مكتوم ، وتيم كلارك، رئيس طيران الإمارات، حيث قدّم لسموه شرحاً وافياً عن التجهيزات المبتكرة للجناح
In the clip, Sir Tim explains to Sheikh Mohammed how the virtual windows work, allowing passengers sitting in the middle rows to enjoy the outside view.
At this point, we get to hear Sheikh Mohammed speaking in English. He asks: “And this is a camera bringing [the view] from the outside?”
Sir Tim also demonstrates how passengers are able to request ‘room service’ using the video call function in the suite.
“Nice to meet you,” Sheikh Mohammed greets the flight attendant who appears on the screen.
Most of Sheikh Mohammed’s official appearances and interviews are conducted in Arabic, so it’s a bit of a treat to hear him chatting in English (although you can check out some rare English quotes from the ruler here).
You can also watch an interview Sheikh Mohammed did in English with the BBC here: