Why Are Arab Princesses Running Away From Home?

From Princess Haya to Sheikha Latifa, our top reads on why the Gulf’s rich and famous want out.

FP Editors
August 2, 2019, Foreign Policy

Princess Haya and Sheikha Latifa of the United Arab Emirates and Rahaf al-Qanun of Saudi Arabia.

This week, Princess Haya, the estranged wife of Dubai’s ruler and half-sister of the Jordanian king, filed an order of protection in a London court. Princess Haya, who fled the United Arab Emirates to escape her husband a few months ago, asked the court to grant her custody of her two children, who escaped with her; to prevent one of her children from being forced into an arranged marriage; and to protect her