Inside the lavish but medieval world of Dubai’s sheikh

Ben Macintyre
August 2, 2019, The Times

A court case in London is expected to lay bare the reality of life in the UAE

The legal battle between Princess Haya bint-al-Hussein and Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum has ramifications not only for Dubai but Britain’s relations with the emirate

“Discover all that’s possible”, urges the official Dubai tourist website, encouraging visitors to escape to the city state for a sun-soaked holiday.

What appears not to be possible — or at least very difficult — is to escape from Dubai, if you happen to be a female member of the royal family.

This week the estranged sixth wife of Dubai’s ruler asked a London