Jailed princess learnt to scuba dive for thwarted escape from ‘abusive’ father

Hannah Lucinda Smith, Istanbul
December 7, 2018, The Times

Sheikha Latifa bint Mohammed Al Maktoum (II)
Sheikha Latifa planned to scuba dive to a yacht which would take her to India

An Emirati princess spent seven years plotting her escape from the country by sea, including learning how to scuba dive in her pool, only to be thwarted 30 miles from the coast of India.

Sheikha Latifa bint Mohammed al-Maktoum, 33, the daughter of Dubai’s ruler Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum, has not been seen since March, when she was seized from a yacht by armed men and taken back to Dubai.

The lengths the princess had gone to escape her controlling father and the wealthy country