Family of lacking Emirati princess says she is ‘true’ at home

Family of lacking Emirati princess says she is ‘true’ at home

Sheikha Latifa, who witnesses tell was once seized from a yacht, has now not been viewed in public since March

Chums tell Latifa spent seven years planning her speed.

Chums tell Latifa spent seven years planning her speed.
Picture: Detained in Dubai

A lacking Emirati princess, who witnesses acknowledged was once seized by commandos from a yacht after searching to flee Dubai, is “true” at home, based fully mostly on a press release released by her household.

The assertion failed to encompass any video or other message from Sheikha Latifa bint Mohammed al-Maktoum herself, who was once 33 on Wednesday.

In a video Latifa made sooner than her failed speed from the kingdom, she acknowledged she feared torture or worse if captured. As soon as an everyday fixture in Emirati papers thanks to her taste for sky-diving, Latifa has now not been viewed in public – and chums tell they’ve now not heard from her – since early March.

“Her Highness Sheikha Latifa is now true in Dubai,” acknowledged the assertion from the court docket of Dubai’s ruler, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum.

“(Latifa) and her household are having a ogle forward to celebrating her birthday this day, in privacy and peace, and to constructing a glad and true future for her.”

It acknowledged Latifa and an older sister, Shamsa, who has now not been viewed in public since her delight in failed speed strive in 2000, were “adored and cherished by their household”.

Witnesses tell Latifa was once seized by a commando squad who boarded the yacht she was once the spend of to flee the United Arab Emirates when it was once about 30 miles from the Indian port of Goa. Her Instagram account was once closed down following her return to Dubai.

Dubai princess: ‘Both I’m slow or I’m in a actually, very, very unpleasant advise’ – video

In a video Latifa recorded sooner than her speed strive, which she asked chums to release finest if she failed, the princess acknowledged she was once jailed and tortured after a outdated try to head away the UAE. She feared extra in dreadful health-medication if she were returned.

“Within the occasion you are observing this video it’s now not this form of appropriate thing, both I’m slow or I’m in a actually, very, very unpleasant advise,” she acknowledged.

She moreover acknowledged Shamsa lived in a form of medical jail continuously surrounded and monitored by nurses.


Chums instructed the BBC in a brand fresh documentary, Crash out from Dubai, that they had helped design her speed. They acknowledged she spent seven years planning it and instructed them she would moderately be killed than return to Dubai.

Dubai’s ruler acknowledged in his assertion that Latifa was once “inclined to exploitation” by Hervé Jaubert, the French ex-survey who accompanied her on the yacht.

It claimed Jaubert demanded a ransom for her return after she left Dubai, and had a history of Islamophobic writing. Jaubert, who acknowledged he was once overwhelmed one day of the raid and temporarily held by Emirati authorities in March, also can in a roundabout design be reached for direct.

The royal court docket’s description of Latifa’s departure as a kidnapping failed to verify studies from chums and advertising and marketing campaign crew Detained in Dubai, who acknowledged Latifa contacted them from the yacht, exasperated to be escaping however alarmed she would be intercepted.

She sent messages to Detained in Dubai one day of the commando raid on the yacht, pleading for support, the crew acknowledged.

Crash out from Dubai: The Mystery of the Lacking Princess will most likely be broadcast on Thursday 6 December at 9pm on BBC Two