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Princess Haya Bint Al-hussein fled from her husband, Sheikh of Dubai

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The Arab world, known for its thousand and one night fairy tales, is under the spell of a true horror story. A marriage drama, in which the royal houses of Dubai and Jordan are directly opposite each other.

Princess Haya Bint Al-hussein, daughter of king Hoessein of Jordan who passed away in 1999 and the half-sister of King Abdullah II, fled her husband, Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Dubai’s wealthy ruler last month. With her two children and a large suitcase of money, she ended up in England via Germany, where she hides in a secret location. She is concerned about her safety.

The sheik is in rage about the sudden departure of his sixth wife. However, the 69-year-old despot, who had previously forced two fleeing daughters back to his high palace, fears an international crisis and this time operates with extreme caution behind the scenes…

Princess Haya (45) has close ties with the British royal family and has a luxurious retreat near Kensington Palace worth tens of millions of euros. As a prominent member of the Jordanian royal family, she is worshiped in her own country.

Rumors of a possible divorce have been circulating since Haya did not accompany her husband last month to Royal Ascot, the world-famous horse race in England that is also known for the hat parade of female visitors.

The Jordanian princess, an avid horse lover who came as a show jumper for her country at the 2000 Olympic Games, was in Germany during Ascot. She had fled there – presumably with the help of a German diplomat.

Maktoum, on the way to England, would have made another stopover in Germany in an attempt to get her back. However, it did not contract and the German authorities also refused to cooperate. They would have even honored her asylum application. But Princess Haya prefers a stay in England, where she visited a series of very expensive private schools in the past.

Anyway better than Dubai, where she led a royal life as the wife of one of the richest men in the world. But behind the glitter and glamor is an Islamic dictatorship. A bizarre world full of contradictions. On the one hand, a Disneyland for adults, where it is possible to go off a black slope indoors. Where the rich & famous have luxury apartments on reclaimed islands. And where local sheikhs drive around in Ferrari’s with their pet leopard in the front passenger seat.

Dark side

But Dubai, one of the seven Emirates, also has a dark side. Guest workers work under terrible conditions, a kind of modern slavery. A kiss or alcoholic beverage in the wrong place can lead to a prison sentence. And according to Amnesty, government critics end up behind bars without pardon.

For years, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum has been at the helm of this hypocritical paradise. He came in the news last year after his daughter had started off with a daring operation. Princess Latifa complained about the treatment by her father, who held her for years and abused her.

With the help of her Finnish capoeira teacher and a French former spy, she had planned her escape attempt, but it eventually ended up off the coast of India. Before she reached hippie paradise Goa, Indian commandos stormed her yacht and then handed her over to the authorities in Dubai.

Her sister Shamsa suffered the same fate in 2000. She managed to escape from one of the family estates in England, but was abducted and brought back to Dubai. Since then, she probably lives, just like Latifa now, in a kind of medical institution where she is constantly being given medication to keep her under control.

The last sign of life in Latifa dates from December when the palace in Dubai brought out a photo of her. Next to her: Princess Haya. She was strongly criticized at the time because she did not support Latifa, but has since fled the same man. Only her attempt is more likely to succeed.

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