The case of the missing UAE Princess Sheikha Latifa bint Mohammed Al Maktoum has gained more international attention after UK broadcaster BBC released video clips of the Dubai Princess Latifa in which she claims to have been held hostage by her father. The 35-year-old princess is the daughter of Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, who is the hereditary ruler of United Arab Emirates (UAE).
The Princess has not made any public appearance since 2018 after she was detained by Indian commandos off the coast of Goa after she tried to flee her country on a yacht. Latifa’s London-based lawyer recently made appeals to the gulf Emirate to release the Princess who wants only to be free. After the video diaries which shows Latifa pleading for freedom surfaced in the media after nearly three years of detention, international scrutiny around Dubai’s royal family has increased. Recently, UN’s human rights body sought information about her whereabouts, meanwhile, Latifa’s supporters and women groups have all come in support of her release.
Latifa’s father Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, who is one the richest head of states in the world, is and also serving as the current Prime Minister and Vice President of Dubai. He is often touted as a modern leader who has developed Dubai as a premium investment and tourism hot spot among other Emirates.
Now reports suggest that the British government has asked for proof of her well-being as UK Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab called the video footage of the 35-year-old princess ‘very distressing’. The matter is especially delicate as Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, who is the founder of popular Godolphin horse-racing stable and has friendly relations with Queen Elizabeth.