PRINCESS Haya – the wife of Dubai’s ruler, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum – has launched a case at London’s High Court in a bid to secure asylum after apparently fleeing her home country in fear of her life.
The Princess – who married Sheikh Mohammed, one of the world’s richest men, in 2004 – was initially thought to be in Germany, Radha Stirling, of human rights group Detained In Dubai, said last week. However, she is now believed to be in London, where she owns an £85million house near Kensington Palace. Princess Haya, 45, the half-sister of the King of Jordan, was privately educated in the UK and attended Oxford University, studying Politics, Philosophy and Economics (PPE).
She is “concerned about her personal safety” with requests having been made “through private Dubai channels” seeking her return to the United Arab Emirates, and the Foreign Office regarding the matter as a “private dispute”, The Guardian has reported.
Meanwhile, Sheikh Mohammed himself made his anger at the disappearance of his wife plain in a threatening poem posted online.
Princess Haya’s disappearance follows a similar situation involving the Sheikh’s daughter, Princess Latifa, 33, who fled Dubai last year seeking asylum, accusing her father of abuse.
Princess Latifa was subsequently seized off the coast of India by commandos and returned to Dubai.