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Four Corners: The mystery of the missing princess
The mystery of the missing princess
ABC  |  March 11, 2019

What has happened to Dubai's Princess Latifa?

Most Australians had probably never heard of Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum till his horse Cross Counter won the Melbourne Cup last year after a two-decade campaign. Now he's in the headlines again, for a very different reason.

Last year, his daughter, the Princess Latifa, then aged 32, ran away to escape a life of regal confinement in the hyper wealthy financial hub and tourist destination of Dubai. She took the precaution of recording a video, with instructions to release it if anything happened to her.

After fleeing first by car and then jetski, Latifa was dramatically re-captured on a boat in international waters by armed men.

In heart stopping interviews, those on-board recount how the events unfolded.

Far from silencing her, Latifa's capture and forced return to Dubai has focused world attention on the dark side of the gleaming desert metropolis.

This gripping film from the BBC also investigates the story of Latifa's sister Shamsa. She too was recaptured after going on the run in Britain.

The program examines how Dubai's ruler has been able to bring pressure to bear based on his country's financial and defence ties.

What has happened to Dubai's Princess Latifa?

Most Australians had probably never heard of Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum till his horse Cross Counter won the Melbourne Cup last year after a two-decade campaign. Now he's in the headlines again, for a very different reason.

Last year, his daughter, the Princess Latifa, then aged 32, ran away to escape a life of regal confinement in the hyper wealthy financial hub and tourist destination of Dubai. She took the precaution of recording a video, with instructions to release it if anything happened to her.

After fleeing first by car and then jetski, Latifa was dramatically re-captured on a boat in international waters by armed men.

In heart stopping interviews, those on-board recount how the events unfolded.

Far from silencing her, Latifa's capture and forced return to Dubai has focused world attention on the dark side of the gleaming desert metropolis.

This gripping film from the BBC also investigates the story of Latifa's sister Shamsa. She too was recaptured after going on the run in Britain.

The program examines how Dubai's ruler has been able to bring pressure to bear based on his country's financial and defence ties.

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