Sheikha Latifa: The Daredevil Royal Who’s Inspiring Us To Be More Adventurous

Emma Day
January 24, 2017, Emirates Woman

One thing Dubai has plenty of, other than malls and restaurants, is adrenaline-inducing activities.

From jetskiing and seaplanes to hot air ballooning and theme park rides, the city is jam-packed with white-knuckle adventures popular with tourists and residents alike.

And it turns out there’s one royal who particularly makes the most out of an exhilarating sport that’s big in the city.

No, not HH Sheikh Hamdan (although he’s been known to dabble in it too).

Rather it’s his sister, HH Sheikha Latifa Bint Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, who is quite the sky-diving expert according to her friend, photographer Juan Mayer.

Mayer, who’s also quite the whizz at jumping out of planes, has been snapping the royal’s adventure pursuits for some time.

“I met her back in the early days of skydiving when she was starting out in the sport,” says Mayer, who’s also released his own book of skydiving photography called Ultimate High.

“As she got more advanced we started collaborating on projects, such as one for National Day where for the first time in history, wingsuiters jumped with flags sewn on to their suits. We’ve also done many big wingsuit formations as well as freeflying jumps from balloons.”

Mayer describes the fast-paced sport as “like no other”, revealing that both he and the Sheikha started off with a tandem jump – where divers are strapped to an instructor.

The pair both fell in love with the sport and, since meeting, have made more than 1,000 jumps together.

Mayer describes Sheikha Latifa, daughter of HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, as one of his favourite subjects to photograph in the air, thanks to her dedication and energy for the sport.