Court docket orders Dubai rulers to pay ex-wife Sh80 billion for custody

Prime Minister and Vice President of the United Arab Emirates and Ruler of Dubai Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum attends the Global Women’s Forum in Dubai, United Arab Emirates on February 16, 2020. [Reuters]

Dubai’s ruler, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum, has been ordered by the London High Court to set a UK record of more than £ 554 million (83 billion shutters) to resolve a custody battle with his ex-wife over their two children.

Most of the massive award for Princess Haya bint al-Hussein is to ensure her lifelong safety, not least to address the “grave risk” the sheikh himself poses to her, said Judge Philip Moor.

The judge said, “She charges no price for herself other than security” and for making up for the property she has lost in the breakup.

He also directed Mohammed to make a one-time payment of £ 251.5 million to Haya within three months for the upkeep of her British mansions to cover the money she allegedly owed for jewelry and racehorses, as well as her future security expenses .

Princess Haya is the half-sister of Jordan’s King Abdullah.

These payments are guaranteed by a £ 290 million security held by HSBC bank.

The final total, although some London lawyers believe it will be the largest public award ever ordered by an English family court, is less than half of the £ 1.4 billion Haya originally requested.

During the nearly seven-hour testimony, Haya, 47, said a large one-time payment would allow for a clean break and take away the sheikh’s influence over her and her children.

“I really want to be free and I want you to be free,” she told the court.

The Sheikh, who is Vice President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates, has also been ordered to allocate £ 3 million to educate Jalila, 14, and Zayed, 9, and £ 9.6 million in arrears. He was also asked to pay £ 11.2 million annually to support the children and keep them safe as they grow up.

Following the verdict, a sheikh spokesman said he had “always made sure that his children are looked after” and urged the media to respect their privacy.

A Haya attorney did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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