Shamsa’s Story

Princess Shamsa Al Maktoum

Princess Shamsa was born on August 15, 1981. She is a member of the Dubai royal family and is Princess Latifa’s older sister.

As she grew up, Shamsa used to spend summers at her family’s UK horse racing estate in Longcross, Surrey.

In August 2000, Shamsa fled from her family’s Longcross estate in a Range Rover. She drove to the main gate and managed to leave, evading security. Several weeks later, Shamsa was forcibly kidnapped from the streets of Cambridge and eventually returned to Dubai via private jet.

Shamsa has been in confinement for more than 20 years. Latifa’s concern for Shamsa is evident through the video she recorded before her own attempted escape.