Princess Haya seen for first time since fleeing Dubai as she arrives for High Court hearing


The wife of the billionaire ruler of Dubai has been seen for the first time since fleeing Dubai last month as she arrived at the High Court for a hearing about the welfare of their children.

In what is set to be one of the most expensive and fiercely contested cases, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum and his estranged wife of 15 years, Princess Haya Bint al-Hussein, are starting a court battle over their two children.

The case is being hear in the Family Court Division of the High Court before Sir Andrew McFarlane, its president.

The court is currently considering issues regarding reporting restrictions.

Both sides have appointed some of Britain’s best-known lawyers for the proceedings which started on Tuesday. It is centred around “the welfare of the two children of their marriage”, according to court papers.

Princess Haya, 45, the sister of Jordan’s King Abdullah and the most glamorous and visible of the sheikh’s six wives, left the royal palace in Dubai last month for Germany.


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