Lovelorn poems written by one of the Middle East’s most celebrated if eccentric leaders have prompted reports that his wife has fled the country and sought asylum in Europe.
Princess Haya bint al-Hussein, the second wife of Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum of Dubai, is said to have been granted permission to remain in Germany with their son and daughter. She has not been seen in public since the second half of last month and failed to appear with her husband at Royal Ascot this month.
Since she disappeared Sheikh Mohammed, who publishes his verses in book form and online, has written two poems, one in English and one in Arabic, apparently bemoaning her loss but without naming her.
In the poem in English, Affection in Your Eyes, posted on his poetry website, he writes that he has discerned a “fatal arrow” in her eyes, which is driving him insane. “Let the past be; soften your heart/ Forgive my mistakes, and reward my good deeds.”