Escape from Dubai: The Mystery of the Missing Princess

Gabriel Tate
December 7, 2018, The Times

A damning indictment of an unjust regime

Escape from Dubai: The Mystery of the Missing Princess
BBC Two
★★★★☆

The murder of Jamal Khashoggi and botched cover-up exposed the extrajudicial brutality at the heart of Saudi Arabia, as well as the international community’s depressing reluctance to do anything meaningful about it. If BBC Two’s recent, superb Maid in Hell documented the routine exploitation of immigrants across the Gulf States, Escape from Dubai: The Mystery of the Missing Princess was a perfectly timed snapshot of the United Arab Emirates, whose tendrils of repression envelop even its most privileged citizens.

Sheikh Mohammad bin Rashid Al Maktoum and his wife, Haya
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Jane McMullen’s documentary was a disturbing white-knuckle thriller with the bleakest of endings, documenting the growing disillusion of Latifa, the 32-year-old daughter of Dubai’s ruler, Sheikh M