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The life of Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum, Emir of Dubai

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In 1971, a 22-year-old Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum — royal but not yet a ruler — witnessed the return of sovereignty to Dubai at the end of British rule.

48 years later, he is the most powerful man in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). He is the vice president and prime minister of the UAE, and also ruler of Dubai, one of the world’s most prosperous and advanced cities.

But Sheikh Mohammed’s personal conduct was called into question after the escape of his daughter, Princess Latifa, in March 2018, and then of his sixth wife, Princess Haya, in June 2019.

Here’s how he took Dubai from a fishing village to a playground for the world’s super rich, and also why three woman have fled his royal household in dramatic style.

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