Escape from Dubai: The Mystery of the Missing Princess

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Escape from Dubai: The Mystery of the Missing Princess
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The image most of us have of Dubai is of a glitzy, commercial city, a holiday destination with year-round sunshine, luxury shopping and big architecture. Jane McMullen’s documentary looks behind that to a side of Dubai that doesn’t show up in travel supplements.

In February, the 32-year-old daughter of Dubai’s ruler, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, slipped onto a yacht bound for India in the hope of starting a new life. Previously, Princess Latifa had recorded a video to be released in case of her disappearance. It proved prescient: within days the yacht was boarded by Indian commandos and Latifa was, it is thought, returned to Dubai. She has not been seen since.

This documentary pieces together her life, revealing how she had planned her escape for seven years, and investigates the parallel mystery of her older sister, Shamsa, who disappeared from the streets of Cambridge in 2000 after fleeing the family's British mansion.

Summary

In February, the 32-year-old daughter of the ruler of Dubai boarded a boat to start a new life in America. But within days Princess Latifa was intercepted by Indian commandos and she was presumably returned to Dubai. This documentary pieces together her life, revealing how she had been planning her escape for more than seven years, and investigates the mystery of her older sister, Shamsa, who disappeared from the streets of Cambridge in 2000 after fleeing the family's British mansion. The film also asks if the image of Dubai being sold to the public, of winter sunshine and luxury hotels, is hiding a brutal dictatorship of human rights abuses.

Cast & Crew

Director Jane McMullen
Executive Producer Sarah Waldron
Executive Producer Sam Bagnall
Producer Jane McMullen
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