Deepening mystery of the Dubai princess
Dubai princess, Sheikha Latifa bint Mohammed al-Maktoum or Sheikha Latifa went missing mysteriously back in February 2018. Her close aides label the attempt as an escape! To support the claim, a video surfaced of the Dubai princess stating that she was escaping from the gilded cage.
A BBC documentary on the life in Dubai , political alliance, finances and booming economy as well as the fate of a missing Princess doesn’t sound anywhere close to our idea (of Disney Princess) of the Dubai and its people.
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Dubai princess: The life before the great escape
Dubai princess, Sheikha Latifa is the child of Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum. Sheikh Mohammed is the prime minister of UAE as well as the ruler of Dubai. His 3 dutiful wives have given him 30 children. Though, under the ruler, Dubai as emerged as the best economic development state along with real estate growth, yet the sad side of homely atmosphere is hardly pretty.
Dubai princess, Sheikha Latifa and sister Shamsa both have tried escaping from the country. The first attempt was made by Shamsa in 2000 when she ran off from her Surrey mansion. Later, she was captured at Cambridge and returned to home. Although, she claimed that she was kidnapped yet the story was buried with hatchet. Since then, Shamsa is rarely seen in social circuits.
However in her video princess, Sheikha Latifa claims that she is bedridden and drugged to teach them a lesson.
Emerging markets and drowning homes- what makes a princess run?
Despite all the above, Dubai princess, Sheikha Latifa was active in skydiving. She asserted that all that was a coup to project the nation as ultra suave. She was closely monitored and tracked during those times.
At age of 16, she escaped through the border and was yet caught. She claimed that she was tortured and imprisoned for three straight years!
In the video, the princess claims that the recent attempt to flee took her seven years. She practiced being underwater to surpass the guards. After an escape from Oman to travel to French officer Herve Jaubert. Jaubert himself attempted such escape and proved successful yet the princess didn’t.
An unfortunate Indian connection- drawing for the support of the princess
The yacht of Jaubert went on a course to India. Dubai princess Sheikha Latifa was an active crew and passenger. She believed that from here, a flight to Florida would be an easy task. Political asylum is common in the USA. Unfortunately for princess, the technical alliance between the two nations made tracking her an easy task. Caught off the Indian Ocean, princess took refuge in media who waived her claim as mere publicity stunt.
Another passenger aboard was Tiina Jauhiainen, close friend and martial arts teacher of Princess. Both met in 2014 when the princess started learning Capoeira, a Brazilian martial art.
Unfortunately, the trip was captured off the Indian Ocean by the commandos. It is also claimed that the princess wished to die rather than being caught and sent back home. Tiina Jauhiainen claims that the princess will be drugged and held up by the administrator.
Arrest and conviction?
Despite all the hullabaloo surrounding the arrest of the Sheikha Latifa, the Dubai administration team remains mum. According to unofficial reports, the two perpetrators of the escape i.e. Jaubert and Jauhiainen are in prison. It is believed that they are interrogated and starved as well as dehydrated to get closer information. As of now both are free from their torture.
For the princess, the international press is going abuzz. Recently, as a new picture of the UN human rights chief Mary Robinson dining with the princess (on special request of the queen Haya) surfaced. However, the statement of the lady is creating controversial issues as she labelled the princess is suffering from serious medical and psychiatric issues. Further, the Dubai princess is receiving specialist attention.
Sky news asserts that the princess is safe and sound. Furthermore, she is with people who care.
Homebound but radical?
An activist group Detained in Dubai, representative for Jaubert and Tiina Jauhiainen, claim otherwise. However, UN human rights chief Mary Robinson refuted the claims against the King of Dubai. Similarly, the ambassador remained mum on the escape attempt the past two occasion. She also labelled the conflict as purely of familial nature and needs to be sorted out through the intervention of the doctor and family members.
Skirting the issue and swaying the winds? Are the winds of change and emancipation proclamation, still far off in the real estate major like Dubai?
The condition of the Dubai princess is still under wraps. The world’s media channels are going through every step of understanding the precadimepnt of the Princess. Perhaps, no Disney Princess for Dubai?
One thing that we know for sure is that this princess is much more than a blue blood. She is a fighter and puts a real face to the royals. After all, these royals wish for personal time.
Share your thoughts on the matter. Do you believe the princess is taking royalty too seriously or the booming economy is curbing the freedom of the royal family members?