Princess Latifa is the daughter of Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al Maktoum (Dubai’s prime minister) and Huriah Ahmed al M’aash. And Latifa bint Mohammed Al Maktoum was born on December 5, 1985, in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. In the year 2022, She will be 37 years old.
She was raised by her paternal aunt and spent her childhood with cousins including Sheikh Majeed, Sheikh Shamsha, and Sheikh MaItha.
In 2018, princess Latifa al Maktoum tried to escape her country as she didn’t feel free there. She was soon captured by the navy officials and brought back to Dubai. Here is her complete bio –
Latifa Bint Mohammed Al Maktoum Siblings
Latifa Bint Mohammed Al Maktoum has three more siblings –Sheikha Maitha (born 1980), Sheika Shamsa Al Maktoum (born 1981), and Sheikh Majid (born 1987).
She was raised with her siblings and shares a strong bond with them.
|Name||Sheikha Latifa Bint Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum|
|Famously Called||Princess Latifa|
|Birth Date||5th December 1985|
|Birth Place||UAE (United Arab Emirates)|
|Networth||around $70 million|
|Parents||Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Huriah Ahmed al Maash|
|Siblings||Sheikha Maitha bint Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Sheikh Majid bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Sheikha Shamsa bint Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum|
|College||Latifa School for Girls|
Princess Latifa – Where is She Now?
Princess Latifah has claimed that her father kidnapped her and held her hostage in a Dubai villa. It was like a jail and also there was no access to medical aid. Princess Latifah shared her traumatic experience of being held in solitary confinement without charges or trials on social media.
An investigator, Sanya Burgees, has made contact with Dubai’s princess. Latifa Bin Mohammed Al Maktoum attempted to flee the country in 2018, according to the information.
She tried to sail across the Indian Ocean and reached the coast of Oman.
From there, Latifa rode on a jet ski and went to the international waters. There the Nostromo yacht was waiting for her; her final route to freedom. After 8 days, she was close to the Indian coast but was captured by the navy officials.
But this wasn’t the first time when Princess Latifa tried to escape. When she was 16, she tried to escape the country for the first time but was caught by the officials and brought back home.
Then after 16 years, she again tried to escape with the help of her friend Tiina the plan was to get admitted to the USA’s asylum for humanitarian reasons.
Before her escape, the princess made a video in which she explained how, while Dubai may seem like a place of glamor and glitz, everything is controlled for an Emirati woman. Women are not allowed to drive, step out of Dubai, or make their own life decisions.
Through her failed mission, the princess was brought to Dubai, which, according to the royal family, was a rescue operation.
The family said that criminals tricked Latifa as they wanted ransom from them. But her friends smuggled a mobile phone for her to communicate.
For the first time, Princess Latifa has come forward to share her side of the story. When she came back, the princess explained that she was imprisoned, drugged, and beaten in what was apparently a “royal villa”.
There were bars on every window and she was under the watch of an armed guard. The only thing that she wanted now was to escape UAE, get her passport, and be free for the rest of her life. There were other videos of Princess Latifa released that explained her failed attempt.
As she was in her boat, she heard some men boarding that boat and since they were wearing boots, the noise was clear and Latifa already understood that she cannot run.
Along with Princess Latifa, her friend Tiina was also detained for around 14 days. Once she escaped, she didn’t hear anything from the princess and got worried. So, she started the “Free Latifa” campaign.
Tiina, Marcus (Tiina’s cousin), and Divad (a human rights lawyer) were the founders. Through this initiative, the United Nations began pressurising the UAE government to provide proof that the princess was alive else they would assume she is dead and then the matter would have proceeded accordingly.
Plenty of twists and turns came into this story but in 2021’s August, finally, the campaign came to an end. This happened because the princess’s pictures were successfully released to the public from around the world.
In the following months, plenty of images of Princess Latifa were released online. In one of them, she was standing with her cousin Marcus Essabri.
At that time, Latifa was in Iceland. Princess Latifa also said that now she is living freely according to her wishes. In another image, she was seen with the UN’s human rights chief – Michelle Bachelet in Paris. There she is present to discuss her rights with the High Commissioner.
Today she is traveling however she wishes and is absolutely happy. Princess Latifa now wants that the media should let her stay peacefully without following her everywhere.
Latifa Al Maktoum Career
Princess Latifa bint Mohammed Al Maktoum completed her studies at Dubai’s English Language School. She was always an amazing student and a great skydiver. She has trained with Stefania Martinengo who is a world-famous skydiver. Since there were a lot of strict rules in Dubai, she wasn’t able to achieve her career.
Sheikha Latifa Husband
Sheikha Latifa is from the royal family and there are no details available related to their relationship status. Till today, her marital status seems single.
Frequently Asked Questions
Princess Latifa tried to run away to the USA in 2018 but unfortunately, she got caught. After that, she was imprisoned in a villa and didn’t have access to basic medical facilities. She recorded plenty of videos at the time through a smuggled phone and sent them to her friend to release in the media.
According to the sources, Princess Latifa is single and is enjoying her freedom. She is not planning to settle down with anyone currently.
Sheikha Latifa got tired of her country as in Dubai, women weren’t allowed to do anything they wanted. She felt like a prisoner and wanted to live her life freely. According to the videos released online, princess Latifa said that women aren’t even allowed to drive a car in her country.
Princess Latifa’s father has 25 children and he has married multiple times till now. So Latifa has 24 siblings right now.
Both times when princess Latifa tried to run away, Dubai’s prime minister Sheikh Mohammed ordered her forced return to the country. Apart from that, Sheikh also caused the illegal abduction of Princess Shamsa (Latifa’s older sister) when she tried to run away.