Sheikha Hind is the paternal granddaughter of Juma bin Maktoum Al Maktoum, brother of Emir Saeed II of Dubai, grandfather of the current Sheikh. She is also the niece of Sheikh Ahmad Bin Juma Al Maktoum who died in 2009.
Her mother Sheikha Shaikha bint Saeed bin Maktoum Al Maktoum (who died on 28 January 2017) is the daughter of Emir Saeed II of Dubai, making Sheikha Hind a first cousin to her husband through her mother as well as second cousin of her husband through her father.
In 1979, at the age of 17, Hind Bint Maktoum married her cousin, Sheikh Mohammed Rashid, almost 13 years older than her. Their wedding was Dubai's first major public event. Elaborate arrangements were made to celebrate the event; the wedding was a lavish one that one could easily have mistaken it for a national festival rather than a nuptial. A 20,000 seater stadium was built to host the wedding which featured displays of horse and camel riding, and an aerobatics display by the Dubai Air Force. The total cost of the wedding celebrations was estimated to be around $100 million. After her marriage, Sheikha Hind remained a traditional Arab wife and faithfully follows the Islamic purdah system by never accompanying her husband to his race meetings. She is rarely seen in other public events. Even her photograph has never been shown publicly.
Being the Sheikh's senior wife and consort, Sheikha Hind is the royal family's chief matriarch and resides with her family in the Zabeel Palace (Ruler's palace) in Dubai. The Sheikh's junior wife leads a separate existence. Sheikha Hind oversees the upbringing of her children and a smattering of orphans she has adopted out of charity.