Dubai's Princess runs to United Kingdom in fear for life

Saul Bowman
July 4, 2019

Wife of the Prime Minister of the UAE, ruler of Dubai Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al Maktoum fled to Germany.

Who are Princess Haya and Sheikh Mohammed? He reportedly has 23 children by his different wives.

The UK, a trading partner and ally of both the UAE and Jordan, will face a headache in deciding whether to offer Princess Haya asylum or allow her deportation.

In December, several months after Sheikha Latifa's return to Dubai, Princess Haya, her stepmother, paid to bring Mary Robinson, the former Irish president who also once served as a United Nations human rights commissioner, to Dubai.

Sources close to Princess Haya told the BBC she "feared for her life" and is anxious she could be "rendered" to Dubai from London.

The news comes a year after the Sheikh's daughter from another wife, Princess Latifa tried to escape Dubai, stating abuse at the hands of her father. Latifa had fled the UAE by sea with the help of a Frenchman but was stopped by armed men off the coast of India and returned to Dubai. The Human rights organization Human Rights Watch demanded the UAE authorities to report her whereabouts. She released a video which she claimed "could be the last video I make".

Speaking after addressing the ICTU Bienniale conference in Dublin on climate change, Mrs Robinson said: "I have never been friends, except with Princess Haya".

According to the Sun, Princess Haya has been out of public limelight since February and she reportedly filed for divorce from her husband after being granted asylum in Germany.

Possible clues about their relationship might be found in poems written by Sheikh Mohammed, published on his official website. Go to who you have been busy with!

Queen Elizabeth II presents Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum with a trophy during Royal Ascot in June.

Beyond his political power, Sheikh Mohammed is one of the world's richest men, with a particular interest in horse racing.

But there are now fears the Queen, who is close to the royal couple, could be in danger of being inadvertently dragged into the bitter feud.

Princess Haya bint Al Hussein.

"I really have nothing more to say about that", she said when asked about her friendship with Princess Haya. She is an advocate for improving health care, and food aid, for those in the Middle East, particularly children.

Haya has been criticised for her role in helping to, in the words of critics, whitewash the disappearance of Latifa, by inviting her friend, former Irish president Mary Robinson, to visit Dubai and testify to Latifa's well-being.

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