Dubai claims ruler’s missing daughter ‘celebrated birthday with her family’

Middle East Eye Staff
December 7, 2018, Middle East Eye

Statement from Dubai Ruler’s Court says Sheikha Latifa, who has not been seen publicly since March, is ‘safe’ with her family in the emirate

Latifa claimed she was not allowed to drive, was monitored night and day, locked up and sometimes drugged. (screenshot)

An Emirati princess, who has not been seen publicly since a failed attempt to escape her family in March, is “safe” with that same family, according to a statement by the Dubai Ruler’s Court.

Sheikha Latifa bint Mohammed al-Maktoum, daughter of the United Arab Emirates’s prime minister, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum, who is also the ruler of Dubai, was apparently apprehended by armed men on a boat off the Indian coast earlier this year.

We are aware and deeply saddened by the continued media speculation regarding Her Highness Sheikha Latifa bint Mohammed al Maktoum

Statement from Dubai Ruler’s Court 

The court’s statement on Thursday to the UK’s Sky News said Latifa celebrated her 33rd birthday with her family this week and “is deeply saddened by the continued media speculation” regarding her whereabouts.

A few days after her apprehension, Latifa’s case drew public attention as a pre-recorded video describing what she said was the agony of her restricted life and overbearing family circulated online.

In the video, Latifa said: “My father is the most evil pe