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In the Middle East, he is renowned for overseeing the transformation of Dubai into a top business and tourism destination. Elsewhere, he is perhaps best known for his connection to horseracing, as the owner of the Godolphin stables.
One of his daughters, Princess Latifa, has now made headlines after secret videos recorded by her in captivity have been obtained and released by the BBC's Panorama. Latifa made the videos while being held under her father's orders in Dubai in a barred villa.
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Sheikh Mohammed was born in at his family home in Shindagha, near Dubai Creek. He was the third of the four sons of Sheikh Rashid Al Maktoum, who ruled Dubai for 32 years from After finishing secondary school inSheikh Mohammed moved to the UK to study English at a language school in Cambridge. Infollowing his return to Dubai, Sheikh Mohammed accompanied his father to a meeting with the then ruler of Abu Dhabi, Sheikh Zayed Al Nahyan, at which they agreed to a union that would lead to the establishment of a federation of emirates.
Sheikh Mohammed also became heavily involved in his father's plan to compensate for Dubai's dwindling oil reserves by diversifying its economy and becoming an international trade and financial centre, as well as a tourist destination. Dubai's population has also grown from about 40, in the s to 3. InSheikh Rashid died after a long illness resulting from a stroke.
He was succeeded by Mohammed's eldest brother, Maktoum. Five years later, Sheikh Maktoum named Mohammed crown prince of Dubai. He also handed over much of the day-to-day running of the emirate to him.
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Sheikh Mohammed became ruler of Dubai and vice-president and prime minister of the UAE inafter his brother died aged 62 during a visit to Australia. Under his leadership, Dubai's development continued apace.
Inthe emirate unveiled the world's tallest building, the Burj Khalifa; Dubai Mall, then world's largest shopping centre by total land area; and the Dubai Metro. Such ambitious projects were, however, reliant on borrowing billions of dollars.
The global financial crisis caused Dubai's real estate market to crash and in state-linked companies came close to defaulting on their debts. Abu Dhabi stepped in and loaned the Dubai government the money it desperately needed. Dubai's construction boom also relied on low-paid migrant construction workers, many of whom complained that they suffered exploitation. Sheikh Mohammed has also become famous for his involvement in horseracing, and is credited with transforming it into a global industry.
He rode horses on beaches in Dubai as and was introduced to the sport in in the UK. Ten years later, he enjoyed his first success as an owner. The sheikh subsequently set up the world's largest horseracing team, Godolphin, as well as the successful stallion breeding operation, Darley.
The pair married in Amman in and had two children, Al Jalila and Zayed. Princess Haya painted a picture of a perfect family life in interviews, but cracks began to appear in when Princess Latifa, one of Sheikh Mohammed's adult daughters with another wife, tried to flee the UAE with the help of a former French spy and a Finnish fitness instructor.
A boat carrying them was intercepted at sea off the coast of India and Latifa was returned to Dubai. In a video filmed beforehand, she alleged that she had been imprisoned for more than three years and subjected to physical abuse after another unsuccessful escape attempt in Now, new videos made by Latifa have been released after being obtained by the BBC's investigative current affairs programmePanorama. The footage was recorded over several months by Latifa after she had been taken back to Dubai following her failed escape in They were made using a phone that was secretly given to her by friends who are campaigning for her freedom.
In the videos, she describes how she fought back against the soldiers during her capture, before being tranquillised and flown back to Dubai. She said she was being held alone without access to medical or legal help in a villa with windows and doors barred shut, and guarded by police.
The secret messages have since stopped, leading her friends to urge the UN to step in. After the escape attempt, Princess Haya had backed claims by the Dubai government that Latifa had been "vulnerable to exploitation" and was "now safe".
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But after fleeing Dubai for the UK via Germany along with their children in Aprilsources alleged that she had become aware of new information relating to Latifa. Sheikh Mohammed did not comment on the breakdown of his marriage, but he did write an angry poem accusing an unnamed woman of "treachery and betrayal" and posted it on Instagram.
In JulyHaya applied for a forced marriage protection order and a non-molestation order at the UK High Court in London - as well as wardship of their children. Sheikh Mohammed meanwhile applied for the children's return to Dubai. Eight months later, the High Court issued a series of fact-finding judgements that said Sheikh Mohammed had ordered and orchestrated the forcible return of Latifa in andas well as the unlawful abduction of her elder sister Princess Shamsa in Shamsa fled the family's UK estate in Surrey that year but was later recaptured in Cambridgeshire by agents of the sheikh and forcibly returned to Dubai.
A request by Cambridgeshire Police to visit Dubai to investigate was refused. The court found that Sheikh Mohammed "continues to maintain a regime whereby both these two young women are deprived of their liberty". It also said Haya, who'd had an adulterous affair with a bodyguard, was now living in fear of her life after receiving numerous threats both in Dubai and in London.
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These included a pistol placed on her pillow. Sheikh Mohammed rejected the judgements and findings, and appealed unsuccessfully to keep them out of the public domain.
He said the appeal was "made to protect the best interests and welfare of the children" and that the "outcome does not protect my children from media attention in the way that other children in family proceedings in the UK are protected". This has resulted in the release of a 'fact-finding' judgment which inevitably only tells one side of the story," he added.
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