The Fugitive Princesses of Dubai
As the emirate’s ruler espoused gender equality, four royal women staked their lives on escaping his control.
UAE princess blot on Modi govt refuses to fade
‘The New Yorker’ magazine article recounts the escape and subsequent capture of UAE PM’s daughter Sheikha Latifa off the Goa coast and Centre’s role in it Telegraph IndiaMay 4, 2023 A deep dive by The New Yorker magazine into the lives of four royal women from the immediate family of UAE’s Prime Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid […]
The story of Latifa, Dubai’s fugitive princess
A story by The New Yorker has brought renewed attention to the plight of Sheikha Latifa, daughter of Sheikh Mohammed, Dubai’s Emir. Latifa had tried to escape the clutches of her father in 2018, but her attempt was foiled and she was recaptured off the coast of Goa.
Dubai princess used fake Irish passport during 2018 escape attempt
A Dubai princess who has been the subject of concern from a United Nations panel after being seized trying to flee the sheikhdom in 2018 obtained a fake Irish passport as part of her plan to escape her home country, it has emerged.
Finn sues Emir of Dubai for alleged torture
A Finnish woman wanted to help Princess Latifa escape Dubai. The plan failed and the two were arrested. Now Tiina Jauhiainen is reporting the Emir for torture – in Germany.
The Times view on Interpol: Undue Influence
The international police network is increasingly being used to target political opponents by repressive regimes. A number of individuals involved in helping Princess Latifa, the daughter of Dubai ruler Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, escape house arrest, were issued with red notices.
Frank Clarke quits job as Dubai judge following criticism by Labour’s Ivana Bacik of desert kingdom’s regime
Frank Clarke, who was formerly the most senior judge in the country, has resigned from the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) courts after Labour leader Ivana Bacik said it was not appropriate for him to hold the job while he is president of Ireland’s Law Reform Commission (LRC).
Former Chief Justice Mr Clarke and Peter Kelly, the former President of the High Court, were sworn in as DIFC judges at a remote ceremony on Wednesday presided over by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Dubai’s deputy leader. Al Maktoum is also the president of the DIFC, which holds commercial hearings in English based on common law.
Sheikh Mohammed expected to miss Royal Ascot under cloud of High Court ruling
Sheikh Mohammed al-Maktoum is expected to be absent from Royal Ascot this week after last year’s revelations in a court case.
The sheikh has previously been a guest of the Queen in the royal box but is not expected to attend the meeting. Palace sources had indicated in October that he would not be invited into the royal box again.
Sheikh Mohammed, the owner of the Godolphin stable, has been a leading figure in racing for three decades but has become something of an embarrassment to the sport after a High Court judge ruled that he ordered the hacking of phones belonging to his estranged wife, Princess Haya, and her British lawyer. He was also found to have ordered the abduction of his two daughters.
Sheikh Mohammed: Should we really allow this man on a racecourse?
No one seems to know if Sheikh Mohammed is going to attend the Cazoo Derby at Epsom. The race has certainly been good to him: he has had the Derby winner in two of the past four years. He has three runners, one of which, Nations Pride, is third-favourite. All that is certain is that if he does turn up, no one is going to stop him. And you can be equally sure that no one is going to talk about it.
This is the omerta of racing, the sport’s embarrassment, its terrible silence — because on the one hand, Mohammed is the most powerful player and the most successful owner in British Flat racing, but on the other, if you follow recent legal cases, he shouldn’t be allowed to own a single racehorse, let alone three Derby runners.
England and the Lost Princess
It is one of those strange and heady days when you’re being driven towards New York, but the New York that you‘re being driven towards is not the one you love so much and lived in for five years, but a hamlet with a main road cutting through it like a vicar’s knife — not New York, New York, but the bucolic English one of the East Lindsey district of Lincolnshire in the parish of Wildmore in the Fens. My companion at the wheel here is someone I have known for fourteen years. We met in Dubai on our way then to a war zone. Dubai will feature in this story, but it is peacetime freakery, another story for another day, which brings us together here.