London: Sheikh Ahmed Bin Maktoum one of the world’s richest men and uncle of Dubai’s ruler Sheikh Muhammad Bin Rashid, once again faces trouble from his ex-wife, Miss Nivin El Gamal in United Kingdom.
While Talking to Truth Tracker after addressing a presser in London last week, she said that she feared for the future of her son from Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed al-Maktoum after the dysfunctional “marriage” finally broke down.
Sheikh Ahmed, is chairman of Emirates Airlines and the public face of “Dubai Inc”, the web of companies behind the city-state’s prosperity.
She said, “I am concerned for the identity, welfare and health of my son, as Sheikh Ahmed Bin Maktoum is not willing to give identity to his own son as UAE national.”. She further said, “I am going to UK court again for getting relief for my son.”. She said a few years back at the time of divorce, the court set some conditions for the welfare and future of her son but Sheikh didn’t fulfil them completely.
She said that her house was totally burnt down on 29 October 2017 mysteriously and she also received burn wounds. Surprisingly, the fire fighters said that the cause of fire eruption was unknown and it appeared as if some conspiracy was involved in the incident, she added.
Miss El-Gamal, the daughter of a prominent Egyptian businessman, claims she first met Sheikh Ahmed in Dubai in 2003. Eight years younger than his nephew, Sheikh Ahmed has been at the forefront of the development of Muhammad’s major companies.
When Dubai caused a worldwide panic in November after announcing it was seeking a “standstill” in repayments of some of its debts, it was Sheikh Ahmed who went on television and issued a statement to try to calm the financial markets.
Despite the crisis, the Maktoums remain one of the richest families in the world, with the Emirates alone likely to be worth billions of dollars were it a publicly traded company but as with the other members of the emirate’s royal family, Sheikh Ahmed keeps his private life to himself.
The sheikhs make strategic marriages with other Gulf royal families. They still follow polygamy managing a sort of “private marriage” Miss El-Gamal says she willingly contracted the marriage. She claims of having a seven-year relationship with the Sheikh but was now trying to get in touch with him for support for her ailing son, though she did not disclose the nature of his illness.
She claimed the couple formalised their marriage at a private ceremony in Sheikh Ahmed’s Belgravia apartment in 2006 and maintained their relationship on his frequent trips to London, where she first studied and then practised interior designing. She alleges they argued after she became pregnant, and the final blow was when she came to know about the Sheikh’s official marriage in 2008. “Imagine me having a baby just two months old and I’m seeing his wedding on television,” she told the Truth Tracker.
Miss El-Gamal claims that she fears being persecuted for her faith as she converted to Kabbalah, a mystic Jewish sect. Changing faith by a Muslim is sin and the converted person is awarded death by Islamic Laws.
(Editor’s Note: Truth Tracker will happily publish the point of view of Sheikh Ahmad if received)