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Sheikha Latifa Al Maktoum

Sheikha Latifa Al Maktoum

“She was nervous but hopeful, and always articulate, intelligent and clearly feeling empowered by having finally put her plan into action. She was a young woman who knew what she was doing, knew what she wanted, and was pursuing it with tremendous courage. She was worried for the safety of everyone involved in her escape, and was doing her best to ensure success. Within 24 hours, I received Latifa’s panicked call from Nostromo as the boat was being raided by Indian and UAE forces.” Radha Stirling, CEO and founder of Detained in Dubai


Sheikha Latifa Al Maktoum had planned her second escape for seven years, enlisting the assistance of former French secret service agent Hervé Jaubert. Before her escape, she recorded a video testimony to be published if she was captured or killed. Lesser known though, is that she sent Radha Stirling, CEO of Detained in Dubai, WhatsApp voice messages after her escape from onboard Nostromo on the high seas. Although circulated with journalists immediately, Latifa’s video testimony was the central focus.


Stirling was the only person the princess trusted to reach out to for support, authorising her to publicise her story in the international media, and asking for her help in arranging asylum or assisting in the event she was arrested and subject of extradition proceedings.


British NGO Detained in Dubai was contacted via email in late February by a woman claiming to be Sheikha Latifa Al Maktoum, daughter of Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, ruler of Dubai and prime minister of the UAE.  She stated that she had suffered severe abuse and restrictions on her freedom, and that she intended to escape the country.  Initially, this email was dismissed as a hoax; however, some days later, Radha Stirling, CEO of Detained in Dubai, was contacted via Whatsapp by Hervé Jaubert who stated that the Sheikha and her friend were with him aboard his yacht Nostromo, and that he had helped Latifa escape the UAE.


Follow her story at the Detained in Dubai website

Sheikha Latifa Al Maktoum had planned her second escape for seven years, enlisting the assistance of former French secret service agent Hervé Jaubert. Before her escape, she recorded a video testimony to be published if she was captured or killed.

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