“My name is Latifa bint al-Maktoum” the statement to the camera begins. “My father is the leader of Dubai” and “I am making this video because it could be the last one I make. Pretty soon I am going to be leaving – somehow.”
Less than a minute later in the video, uploaded to YouTube in March last year, Latifa, 33, known for her love of skydiving above Dubai, a glitzy modern state in the United Arab Emirates federation and close ally of the United States on the Persian Gulf’s southeast coast, issues a further warning.
“If you are watching this, it’s not such a good thing. Either I’m dead or I’m in a very, very, very bad situation,” she says.