The Innovation Gallery within the Sustainability Pavilion at EXPO 2020 Dubai will be renamed in the coming weeks to honour the Dubai ruler's teacher.
Muhammed Al Saket Al Falasi is the man who taught His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, during the 1950s.
Al Falasi, who is now 86 years old, taught at Al Ahmadiya School, the first semi-formal school in Dubai.
The announcement was made to mark World Teachers’ Day.
Ali Muhammad Al Saket Al Falasi, the son of the pioneering teacher, said that seeing his father honoured by Expo in this way filled him with pride.
He added: "Honouring teachers feels natural in the UAE, as it has made such great leaps in the education sector in recent decades. This time the honour is particularly special, as it comes from Expo 2020 Dubai –an event we are all so proud to be hosting.
"My father has shared many stories about his time teaching H.H. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, that he was an excellent pupil, and that he saw early on the distinctive qualities that would make him a respected leader, and of great importance in the future."
A commemorative plaque will be unveiled, honouring the former educator and the important work of teachers around the world, with a small ceremony.
After the end of Expo, the Sustainability Pavilion will be transformed into a Science Museum, promoting sustainable choices for all ages.