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Sheikh Wrote Angry Poem About His Wife. Now, a Protective Order

Princess Haya, currently in London after fleeing UAE, applies for forced-marriage protection decree

(Newser) - In a hush-hush hearing Tuesday in which international media weren't allowed in, the sixth and "junior" wife of the ruler of Dubai who reportedly fled the United Arab Emirates with her two young children in fear for her life has applied for a forced-marriage protection order. The PA... More »

Report: Dubai Ruler's Wife Flees Country, Seeks Divorce

Sources say Princess Haya fears for her life

(Newser) - The most high-profile of the ruler of Dubai's six wives has fled the emirate for Britain—and sources tell the BBC that she fears she may be forced back or even killed. Princess Haya bint al-Hussein, daughter of King Hussein of Jordan, fled to London months ago with her... More »

She Called Her Ex's New Wife a 'Horse,' Faces Jail

London resident is arrested under Dubai's strict cyber laws when she visits the UAE

(Newser) - When London resident Laleh Shahravesh saw that her ex-husband in the United Arab Emirates was getting remarried, she fired off a few insults on Facebook. "I hope you go under the ground you idiot," was one, per the BBC . "You left me for this horse" was another.... More »

He Gives Most of His Income to His Students. He Just Won $1M

Kenya's Peter Tabichi just won 'world's best teacher' from Varkey Foundation

(Newser) - Peter Tabichi is a science and math teacher in one of the poorest schools in Kenya, and he gives away the majority of his paycheck to help his community and students at the Keriko secondary school in Pwami. The 36-year-old Franciscan friar just got those funds back, and then some:... More »

Caddie's Mistake Costs Golfer Nearly $100K

Mike Burrow stood in the wrong place, apparently, near golfer Haotong Li—but there's controversy

(Newser) - Haotong Li was in a tie for third place heading into the 18th hole at the Omega Dubai Desert Classic in the UAE on Sunday. Then the Chinese pro golfer's caddie stood in the wrong place, at the wrong time. USA Today notes Mike Burrow apparently broke a new... More »

Ex-Irish Prez Reciting 'Dubai's Script' About 'Missing' Princess

She said Latifa is a 'troubled young woman;' critics say she's parroting the official line

(Newser) - Former United Nations rights chief Mary Robinson has been accused of parroting the official line from Dubai in the murky case of a "missing" princess. Robinson, who was president of Ireland for seven years, appeared in photos the United Arab Emirates recently released of Sheikha Latifa, daughter of Dubai'... More »

For 7 Years, She Plotted Her Escape From 'Caged Luxury'

Then UAE princess Latifa Bint Mohammed al-Maktoum was abducted as she tried to flee

(Newser) - "I'm making this video, because it could be the last video I make. Pretty soon, I'm going to be leaving somehow, and I'm not so sure of the outcome, but I'm 99% positive it will work." Those words are from a YouTube video recorded... More »

Mother Held With Daughter in Dubai After Drinking Wine

Ellie Holman was served a glass on the plane; also has a visa issue

(Newser) - An English dentist who took a pleasure trip to Dubai says she was jailed for three miserable days along with her 4-year-old daughter after she drank a complimentary glass of wine on the flight. Per the Guardian , 44-year-old Ellie Holman was arrested in July following an 8-hour flight when she... More »

Human Rights Watch Presses Arab Ruler on Fate of His Daughter

Sheikha Latifa was detained in March

(Newser) - Human Rights Watch on Saturday asked Dubai's ruling sheikh to reveal the whereabouts of his daughter after a French ex-spy and others say she fled the emirate, only to be arrested off the coast of India , reports the AP . A statement by the organization marks the latest twist in... More »

Ex-Spy: Dubai Ruler's Daughter Captured While Trying to Flee

Says Sheikha Latifa bint Mohammed Al Maktoum was seized in Arabian Sea

(Newser) - Her friends say the last they saw of her was when commandos intercepted their sailboat in the Arabian Sea and dragged her away, kicking and screaming. A daughter of Dubai's ruler, she had been trying to escape her homeland, saying she was being abused. Since then, the whereabouts of... More »

After Wife Called Him a 'Loser,' He Bludgeoned Her to Death

British editor gets 10 years in Dubai for killing wife with a hammer

(Newser) - A British newspaper editor in Dubai was found guilty Sunday of bludgeoning his wife to death with a hammer and was sentenced to 10 years in prison. Francis Matthew, the former editor of the English-language Gulf News, had faced the possibility of the death penalty in the July 2017 killing... More »

Nightmare Ends for Tourist Who Touched Man's Hip in Dubai Bar

Jamie Harron's 3-month sentence has been nullified

(Newser) - A day after the news that a Scottish tourist would spend three months in jail after brushing up against a man's hip at a Dubai bar in July comes word that he'll avoid that fate entirely. Detained in Dubai, the group that has been championing Jamie Harron's... More »

Tourist Will Go to Jail for Brushing Man's Hip at Dubai Bar

Jamie Harron, 27, was handed a 3-month sentence over July 15 incident

(Newser) - A Scottish tourist says he was just trying not to spill his drink while at a Dubai bar, and he'll spend time in jail for it. The BBC reports Jamie Harron, 27, was handed a 3-month sentence for touching a man's hip, something Harron says happened while he... More »

He Tried Not to Spill His Drink. Now He's in a 'Nightmare'

Jamie Harron, 27, accidentally brushed against a man's hip in Dubai

(Newser) - He was trying not to spill his drink. That's what a Scottish tourist says led to his arrest in Dubai for touching a man's hip, the BBC reports. Jamie Harron, 27, says he was walking with a drink in the crowded Rock Bottom Cafe when he put out... More »

Flames Engulf One of World's Tallest Apartment Towers

Another bad night for Dubai's Torch Tower

(Newser) - A fire broke out after midnight in one of the world's tallest residential towers, engulfing part of the skyscraper and sending chunks of debris plummeting. More than 40 floors of Dubai's 86-story Torch Tower were burning on one side of the building, an AP journalist near the scene... More »

Mom Spends $25K on Son's Prom, Complete With Camel

Philly senior's mom also arranged for 3 tons of sand, luxury cars to lend Dubai feel to day

(Newser) - A Philly high school senior is describing his prom as "epic," which is probably still an understatement considering what his mom forked out for it. WTXF reports that Saudia Shuler had originally wanted to send son Johnny Eden Jr. to Dubai as a graduation gift, but serious health... More »

What to Get City That Has Everything? Its Own Font

And Dubai wasn't waiting for mere mortals to design it, either

(Newser) - Apparently not content with having the world's tallest building, an indoor ski slope, and countless other baubles, Dubai now boasts one more, reports the AP : its own typographic font. The forward-looking Mideast business hub unveiled the new font designed with Microsoft's help on Sunday. The government communication office... More »

Planned Skyscraper Will Morph Before Your Eyes

Dynamic Tower in Dubai would feature rotating apartments

(Newser) - An architect's bold vision or a crazy idea doomed to never get off the ground? Time will tell in Dubai. The city is known for its impressive architectural feats, but one structure in the works has the potential to be more awe-inspiring than the rest. Dynamic Architecture is designing... More »

City One Step Closer to Becoming The Jetsons

Passenger-carrying drones are coming to Dubai in July

(Newser) - Up, up, and away: Dubai hopes to have a passenger-carrying drone regularly buzzing through the skyline of this futuristic city-state in July. The Chinese-made EHang 184 can carry a passenger weighing up to 220 pounds and a small suitcase, reports the AP . After buckling into its race-car-style seat, the craft'... More »

PM Surprises Employees at Work, but They're Not There

9 senior officials in UAE have been forced to retire

(Newser) - Senior government officials in the United Arab Emirates chose a bad day to be late for work on Sunday. Prime Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid paid a surprise visit to Dubai's municipality, land, and economic development departments starting at 7:30am Sunday—a regular working day in the UAE—... More »

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