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The kidnapped daughter Princess Latifa al Maktoum of the ruler of Dubai was seen publicly for the first time in almost three years.
Three months after the release of shocking videos of Princess Latifa al Maktoum, she was photographed at a mall with her friends.
— Taskeen Khan (@taskeenkhan77) May 22, 2021
Dubai authorities approved the publication of the photo after United Nations-backed activists requested “proof of life” after videos were posted and fears for their lives occurred.
Activists have described the latest move as “very significant” and hope it could lead to her being allowed to leave the United Arab Emirates.
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Latifa, 34, was photographed with two friends at the Emirates Mall in Dubai last week.
The picture was published on an Instagram account of one of her companions, who has been known to a friend for several years.
Free Latifa campaign supporters said the two women with the princess had been friends of hers for many years.
A cinema can be seen in the background promoting the film Demon Slayer: Mugen Train. The film was released in the UAE on May 13th.
Friends of Latifa are convinced that the photo is real and was not taken under duress.
One of the women with her was identified as Lynda Bouchikhi and uploaded to her Instagram account this week.
She posted the message ‘Nice evening at MoE with friends.’
The photo would only have been published with the permission of the ruler of Dubai.
Activists hope this is the first step so that she can leave the UAE and start a new life.
It is the first time since a staged “photo” with former Irish President Mary Robinson in December 2018 that she has been seen in public.
Former French spy Herve Jaubert, who helped Princess Latifa’s escape aboard his yacht Nostromo in 2018, welcomed the photo’s publication.
He said, if that’s true, I am so relieved to hear this wonderful news. Princess Latifa looks straight into the camera and seems to be herself and happy. ‘
Radha Stirling, founder of Detained in Dubai and the person who first contacted Latifa after her escape in 2018, also said the photo was a step in the right direction.
She said, “We are asking Dubai for clarification and we continue to hope that Latifa is safe and well.
“If the photo is real, it would indicate that the UAE intends to possibly allow Latifa to return to public life, as mentioned in their last statement.
‘With the latest Latifa video messages airing, the Maktoum family are even more determined to keep Latifa in the city of Dubai.
“From their point of view, they have seen what happens to British kings when family members start doing their dirty laundry in public.
“You don’t want Latifa to land on Oprah. The family still claims that Latifa has mental health issues that they don’t want to make a spectacle out of.
‘The Maktoums view many of the people who are demanding Latifa’s release as selfish.
“They are not going to give Latifa into the hands of those who may use and manipulate her, and they do not want to see her as a negative witness in the British courtroom drama of Princess Haya.
‘By understanding the UAE’s perspective, there is a higher chance that Latifa will be finally liberated. We are confident that this could include a diplomatically arranged alternative where Latifa was allowed to live in the United States under certain conditions.
“In the meantime, we hope that Latifa will return to public life and enjoy more freedom in the Emirates.”