The top-ranked royal row that puts the billionaire ruler from Dubai against his wife, a Jordanian princess, will resume this week in a British court.
A preliminary hearing in the family division of the London Supreme Court will start on Tuesday and will come after Princess Haya, a half-brother of King Abdullah of Jordan, apparently left Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum and moved to the UK.
The case is very sensitive to the United Arab Emirates because it has transferred the privacy of Sheikh Mohammed, the vice president and the UAE prime minister, to the titles.
The two sides issued a statement this month after a private hearing stating that the judicial battle was related to the well-being of their two children, not to divorce or finance. The UAE does not comment on the dispute by insisting that it is a private family.
People close to Dubai's leadership have pointed out one of the issues related to disagreements in Sheikh Mohammed's relationship with Princess Haya, his sixth wife, related to the case of Sheikh Latifah. The 33-year-old is the daughter of the Duke's ruler with one of her other wives and is at the center of controversy over the claims that she has tried to escape the restrictive lifestyle that has imposed her on the city state.
Sheyha Latifah was allegedly kidnapped by emirate troops from a yacht off the coast of India when she tried to escape from Dubai last year, according to her friends. It was not seen after an agreed meeting with Mary Robinson, the former Irish president, in December.
Ms. Robinson, also former UN chief of human rights and a friend of Princess Haya, said after this meeting that Sheyha Latifah was "worried" and "in the loving care of her family."
The UAE authorities used it to respond to Shayha Latifah's treatment claims and handed pictures of it to Mrs. Robinson.
Last March, a 40-minute video was published on the internet, in which Shey Latipha talked about the limitations in her life, her desire to leave Dubai, and how one of her sisters, Shamsa, "escaped" for two months while on holiday . in the UK in 2000. "If you watch this video, it's not such a good thing, or I'm dead or I'm in a very, very bad situation," said Sheyha Latifah. "Soon I will leave.
The legal battle challenges two of Britain's leading family lawyers against each other.
Fiona Shackleton, who is called "Magnolia Magnolia" for her charm and difficult negotiation skills, and is not unfamiliar to the royal disputes, is Princess Haya.
Baroness Sackleton has come to the fore when he tackled the division of British Royal Prince Andrew by Sarah Ferguson in 1992. Now at the Paine Hicks Beach Bar, Baroness Sheckton became the Attorney for Prince Charles during his divorce by Diana, a Princess of Wales .
Sheikh Mohammed will be represented by equally well-connected Lady Helen Ward, a partner in Stuart's law.
Lady Helen presented Gye Richie, the British director, in her divorce from Madonna, the pop star. Other former clients are Andrew Lloyd Webber, the composer and Bernie Ecclestone, the Formula One tycoon she represented in the fight for her $ 2 billion with her ex-wife.
Sheikh Mohammed has deep ties with the United Kingdom. He graduated from Sandhurst, the leading British army officer academy, half a century ago and shares love with Queen Elizabeth and is one of the most powerful figures in the British horse racing industry. He and his larger family own multiple properties in the United Kingdom, including a Surrey mansion, a Newmarket home, and a Scottish mansion.
His wealth is based on his vast land, property and corporate interests in Dubai, the city that under his leadership becomes the dominant shopping center and tourist destination in the Middle East.
But the review of his personal life in London comes amid renewed political and economic challenges at home, where the four-year economic slowdown brought about by lower oil prices is exacerbated by regional geopolitical tensions.
The litigation may also be inconvenient for Jordanian King Abdullah, whose government relies on financial support from the UAE and its ally Saudi Arabia for fighting a vague economy and rising social pressure.
Princess Haya, who has been educated in the UK, shares Sheikh Mohammed's passion for horses and is a two-time president of the International Equestrian Federation. She competed in the jumps at the Sydney Olympics in 2000 and participated in the International Olympic Committee.