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Ajman mourns loss of popular educator.

Ajman: A well-known educator who died on Friday evening in a motorcycling accident in the Al Ain desert was fondly remembered following a burial service on Saturday in Ajman.

Thamer Saeed Salman, 35, vice-president of Ajman University of Science and Technology, died of his injuries and was pronounced dead after being moved to Tawam Hospital on Friday night.

Hundreds gathered to pay their respects to Salman in Ajman.

Large crowds poured into Shaikh Zayed Mosque in Ajman where prayers were held before Salman's burial.

His Highness Shaikh Humaid Bin Rashid Al Nuaimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Ajman and Shaikh Ammar Bin Humaid Al Nuaimi, Crown Prince of Ajman, performed the funeral prayers at the Shaikh Zayed mosque in Al Juruf area on the soul of Salman.

Shaikh Abdullah Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Foreign Minister, other Shaikhs and senior officials performed the funeral prayers as well after the afternoon prayers in the mosque.

Shaikh Humaid offered his condolences to the family of the deceased, asking Allah to grant them patience and solace.

Colleagues said Salman will be missed.

"Thamer was kind-hearted, caring and he was known for his helpful nature in supporting students who could not afford money to complete their education," said Dr Bashir Shahada, director of the university, who talked to Gulf News after the burial.

Dr Shahada said he had lost a close friend.

"He loved his country and he loved Ajman," he said.

He said Salman used to offer underprivileged students who obtained high marks in their studies full scholarships at Ajman University of Science and Technology, which was founded by his father Saeed Salman, a former minister of education.

"He was a great friend and a brilliant educator who managed to take the university to another level," said a friend. "We will miss him."

Brigadier Ali Abdullah Alwan, Chief of Ajman Police, said it was very sad news to lose such a productive young member of Ajman who went out of his way to help underprivileged students get an education for a better life.

"He was young and hard-working, this is shocking news," he said.

He said Salman was kind and widely known through the emirate for helping students realise their academic dreams even when they did could not afford to pay the tuition fees.

Asma Mohammad, an Egyptian student at the university, said that Salman was a good person, kind-hearted and helpful.

"Salman was well known for his generosity and kindness as he never refused to help students at the university who really needed help," she said.

Asma added thar Salman was popular among students because he was kind-hearted.

"We all know that Salman supported all students. He was a good person and a kind human being," she said.

Saeed Ameen, another student at the university, said that it was a big loss -- not just for the university but for everyone.

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Date:Feb 10, 2013
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