Inside Dubai’s secretive society

Two months ago Princess Haya, the wife of Sheikh Mohammed, the ruler of Dubai, apparently fled to London. The Times Middle East correspondent, Richard Spencer, who lived in the city for three years, reveals the personal and political tensions beneath the emirate’s five-star resorts and all-seeing surveillance cameras

Richard Spencer
August 17, 2019, The Times

Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum (in yellow), the ruler of Dubai, and, right, his wife, Princess Haya bint al-Hussein, at Meydan racecourse, 2018

It’s hard to escape notice in Dubai, city of 1,000 selfies and 10,000 closed-circuit TV cameras. That is how a lot of people want it: it is a city that attracts people who are visible, or who want to become visible, or who have something to sell, including often themselves. At the exclusive end, it is a world centre of the diamond market, and what is more for show than diamonds? At the other, public relations companies set up