Gulf states’ ruling families spill their dirty secrets in London

Tony Allen-Mills
July 7, 2019, The Sunday Times

With the unexplained death of the crown prince of Sharjah and the impending divorce of Dubai’s ruling couple, the secretive Arab dynasties are in the spotlight

Sheikh Khalid, left, was educated in Kent and played polo with Prince Harry

To his friends in London he was known simply as Khalid, a hard-working, hard-partying fashion designer with an £8m penthouse overlooking Hyde Park. To his family in the tiny Gulf emirate of Sharjah, he was Sheikh Khalid bin Sultan Al Qasimi, heir to an Arab dynasty steeped in Islamic culture.

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