Dubai ruler Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Maktoum is taking his estranged wife to court in London in a bid to get her to return their two young children.
The billionaire racehorse owner has launched an unprecedented legal action against his wife Princess Haya in the Family Division of the High Court.
A hearing has been set for July 30 when lawyers for the 68-year-old Sheikh will argue that his children Zayed and Jailia belong with him in Dubai.
The court action confirms reports that 45-year-old Princess Haya has left her husband with their two young children and fled abroad.
Under the convention different countries agree to return a child that is suspected of being abducted.
Princess Haya Bint Al Hussein (pictured above with husband Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Maktoum in 2008) is reported to have left her husband, the ruler Dubai and one of the world’s richest men, and fled to London
Princess Haya bought this property in Kensington for £85 million from Indian billionaire Lakshmi Mittal in 2017 and applied for planning permission to alter the Grade II listed building
It is believed documents were filed in a Dubai court and the case transferred to the High Court in London.
The court date means that Hara intends to contest the demand by her husband to return the children.
Princess Haya, the daughter of the late King of Jordan is reported to have fled the Arab kingdom with £31m to start a new life.
She has reportedly gone into hiding and moved into an £85 million house near Kensington Palace.
Media reports said the princess first travelled to Germany, along with the couple’s two children aged, 11 and seven, and then to the London mansion she has recently purchased.
The Princess recently moved into the £85million townhouse which she bought from Indian billionaire Lakshmi Mittal in 2017.
The property is located on one of London’s most exclusive streets and is a short distance from Kensington Palace.
Soon after buying the house, Princess Haya sought planning permission to carry out renovations on the property.
Among the renovations planned was the installation of ‘stone falcons’. The falcon is a symbol of her native Jordan.
The Guardian said Princess Haya was preparing for a legal battle in London.
According to The Times, Sheikh Mohammed has released some verses about his wife’s disappearance.
He wrote: ‘We have an ailment that no medicine can cure.’
Another said: ‘No experts in herbs can remedy this. I have tried and tried again to meet you but my efforts to approach were in vain.’
Unconfirmed reports claim she has fled the UAE with £31million to start a new life and is seeking a divorce from Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Maktoum.
One of the Sheikh’s daughters Princess Latifa, 33, fled Dubai last year but was captured and is currently imprisoned in Dubai.
The Princess made a series of videos before her capture saying her life was a sham and revealing she had earlier spent two years in prison after a previous escape attempt failed.
Since her capture campaigners have been battling for Latifa’s release claiming she is being ‘drugged’ and kept against her will to prevent her from embarrassing her father.
They now want Princess Haya having fled the country to speak up about her treatment.
Campaigners want Princess Haya to speak up about the treatment of one of the Sheikh’s daughters, Princess Latifa (pictured above), who was captured and imprisoned after attempting to flee Dubai last year
The incident resembles an attempt last year by one of the Sheikh’s children, Princess Latifa bint Mohammed Al Maktoum, to attempt to flee her father and Dubai for political asylum in America. She posted this selfie in March 2018 of her (left) and friend Tina Jauhainsen (right) driving from the UAE
Tiina Jauhiainen, of the Free Latifa campaign, said: ‘This is a very significant in terms of a major protest against the oppressive regime of the Crown Prince by his own wife.
‘We would urge Princess Haya to use her global power and influence to help free Latifa, who is and suffering because of her own father’s abusive treatment of her. Princess Haya has the chance to help save her life.
‘Princess Latifa’s life is at stake. She may be a princess, but this is about freedom and equality. Equality, dignity and the right of self-determination for millions of women across the Middle East is at stake.
‘We hope that Princess Haya and her children are safe and that she well use her new found freedom to speak publicly about what has really happened to Latifa and we would urge her to contact us and join our campaign.’
Sheikh Mohammed is yet to comment.