Queen shuns Dubai ruler Sheikh Mohammed who kidnapped daughters

Valentine Low, David Brown, Catherine Philp, Martyn Ziegler, and Roya Nikkhah
March 7, 2020, The Sunday Times

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The Queen is to distance herself from the billionaire ruler of Dubai after a court ruled that he had kidnapped two of his daughters, The Times has learnt.

The Queen and Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum have had a close relationship for decades through their shared love of racing and he has been a guest in the royal box at Ascot.

However, she is now expected to refuse to be photographed with him in public after a judge ruled that he had kidnapped his daughters Shamsa and Latifa and had them brought back to Dubai. The decision to shun the sheikh could have an impact on Britain’s relationship with the United Arab Emirates, a key ally.