The Emir of Dubai’s divorce, the most expensive in UK history

The Emir of Dubai, Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, must pay his ex-wife, Princess Haya Bint Al Hussein, and their two children around 550 million pounds (645 million euros), the highest amount set by a UK court in a divorce case. .

The High Court in London announced on Tuesday its decision on the compensation that his sixth wife, Haya of Jordan, 47, will receive, which amounts to 251.5 million pounds (295 million euros). A happy ending after the hard legal battle of the princess, who fled Dubai in May 2019 fearing for her life and the kidnapping of her children.

The Emir of Dubai and Haya of Jordan, in an image from 2018


This is the highest figure set by a UK court in a divorce case.

The Emir, 77, will also make ongoing payments to their children, Al Jalila and Zayed, aged 14 and 9 respectively, through a bank guarantee of 290 million pounds (340 million euros) for ensure their support as minors and their financial security as adults, as decreed by this court. The sentence clarifies that the final amount may be higher or lower depending on several factors, such as, for example, the years of life of the children or if they reconcile at some point with the parent.

The British justice also sentenced the sheikh to pay the substantial costs of the security that his ex-wife and children need. “Given their status and the general threat of terrorism and kidnapping they face, they are particularly vulnerable and require a high level of security to stay safe in this country,” the judge said. who handled the divorce case. The judge recognizes that “the main threat they face [la princesa Haya y sus hijos] comes from the sheikh himself”, as the British justice ruled last year, considering that it was proven that Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum had orchestrated a campaign of intimidation against his ex-wife and tried to bring back their children in Dubai, as he had with other of his daughters, Shamsa and Latifa, detained after trying to flee him.

Princess Haya fled Dubai in May 2019 fearing for her life and the abduction of her children

After the economic compensation sentence was revealed on Tuesday, an Al Maktoum spokesperson said in a statement that the Emir, Prime Minister and Vice President of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), “has always guaranteed that his children would be well taken care of.” “The court has now ruled on the financial matter and he does not wish to comment. He has asked the media to respect the privacy of his children and not interfere in their lives in the UK,” concludes the note.

Of the sum Haya will receive from Jordan, £20million has been recognized as compensation for the jewellery, horses, cars and designer clothes he left behind when he fled the UAE . The sheikh will also have to pay nearly two million pounds to pay for a kitchen in his ex’s London residence, the renovation of his art studio, a new garage for security vehicles and a few trampolines like those his children had in Dubai.


Princess Haya in an image from 2018


In addition, you will have to pay for your luxury vacations, your helicopter trips and, in short, everything necessary for them to maintain the standard of living to which they were accustomed.

This process has been marked by the previous trials and vicissitudes of Princess Haya – half-sister of King Abdullah II of Jordan – who fled the United Arab Emirates to England in 2019 with her two children because she said she was “terrified” by the emir. A High Court judge had already ruled last October that the sheikh had ordered the installation of spyware on the mobile phones of his ex-wife and the team of lawyers who defended her during the child custody battle.

Princess Haya’s escape was reminiscent of that of Sheikha Latifa bint Mohamed al Maktum, the Emir’s daughter who, according to Human Rights Watch (HRW), was frustrated when she tried to do so in 2018. On the other hand, another British court confirmed in 2020 that the Emir had “ordered and orchestrated” the kidnapping and forcible return from England to Dubai of his then 19-year-old daughter Shamsa. years, in 2000, and of Latifa first in 2002 then again in 2018, keeping them in captivity for years.

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