Trapped between two worlds: The troubled lives of the Gulf’s ...


Trapped between two worlds: The troubled lives of the Gulf’s princesses

The divorce of Princess Haya and the ruler of Dubai is set to lift the lid on a dynasty shrouded in secrecy

Peter Stanford

Headlines have a way of coming back to haunt you. Two years ago, in an interview with the society magazine, Tatler, the glamorous Princess Haya bint al-Hussein, wife of the billionaire Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the ruler of Dubai, was hailed as “changing the way women are perceived in the Middle East”.

Alongside a picture of the 45-year-old Jordanian-born princess relaxing with British royalty, she spoke of how she “absolutely” supports equal rights for women, adding “if not a little more”.

Now, though, this poster-girl for a new generation in the Gulf’s super-rich ruling families has fled Dubai, via Germany, and is about to embark on a high court battle in London with her husband over custody of their two children, Jalila, 11, and Zayed, 7...

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