A lot of attention has been revolving around the recent case of Princess Haya, the sixth wife of Dubai’s Prime Minister Sheikh Muhammad bin Rashid Al Maktoum, fleeing from Dubai and residing in the UK. The princess has taken her two children, Sheikha Jalila, Zayed bin Mohammed along with her, and has pleaded the UK’s high court to grant her the custody. The reason that has come to the surface is that the princess fled due to the family violence that led to the running away of sheikh’s daughters, Sheikha Shamsa and Latifa. Domestic violence and the inability to enjoy the rights of women were the primary reasons why the daughters fled but were caught and returned to Dubai.
From the sources, it was discovered that Princess Haya wasn’t informed to why Sheikha Latifa fled Dubai in 2018. According to her, Sheikh Muhammad told her that she was abducted and had to be rescued, which she later found out that Latifa fled because of domestic violence and the household limitations that have been imposed on them. The Princess feared for her children and fled to the UK to escape forced marriage of one of her children.
Another side of the story tells us that the families, particularly in Arab, tend to secure their pride abiding by the regulations that have been laid based on the commandments of Islam. Although Dubai is the center of the World’s progress and diverse cultures, it is highly possible that the families residing in the country tend to restrict themselves to the traditional norms, irrespective to the world that surrounds them.
The fleeing of Sheikha Latifa and Shamsa can easily be connected with the idea that they had connections that made them ponder about breaking from these bonds and shackles of oppression that women can’t live openly like men. Enjoying the luxuries openly, being able to move in the male-dominated society, working independently; in short, having a free will is a wish of everyone, and so did the daughters. Since it’s the matter of the royal pride, Sheikh Muhammad probably didn’t want the family name to be stained from such acquisitions. In doing so, they might have restricted the family members to the limit that it was beyond Shamsa and Latifa to bear, hence they fled.
However, the same cannot be said for Princess Haya as she was seen with the Sheikh on many stages, greeting foreigners and delivering speeches. It didn’t seem that the princess was facing such a situation of domestic violence and with her status as the daughter of the former king of Jordan and the half-sister of the present king of Jordan, it would seem absurd for Sheikh Al Maktoum to carry out such an act.
In a recent tweet from one of the friends of Sheikh Al Maktoum, who tweeted a poem written by the amateur poet himself, pointed towards infidelity, deeming that Princess Haya fleeing was due to her relations with someone else. Sheikh himself also took to social media, posting another poem, which alluded to the princess act of fleeing. Overall, there have not been any official statements from the Sheikh’s side, and the idea of Princess Haya fleeing based on the domestic limitations imposed by Sheikh Muhammad seems vague.
Although the news of domestic violence and the current status of Dubai contradict heavily, being an Islamic state, it is mandatory for the residents to impose such laws and restrictions. The idea is also important since they want visitors to acknowledge the heritage of the Islamic culture. Therefore, such restrictions are justifiable.
Conclusively, it can be said that Princess Haya didn’t want the restricted life that Sheikh Muhammad imposed on the family members. However, the hidden facts behind the royal clash are still to be discovered.