Prime Minister (PM) of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and ruler of Dubai, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, has written a furious poem criticising the “treachery and betrayal” of his wife.

His wife and the daughter of the late King Hussein of Jordan, Princess Haya bint Al Hussein, secretly fled to Europe with their son Zayed, 7, and daughter Al Jalila, 11, last week. She is also the half-sister of King Abdullah II.

Al-Maktoum, 69, is known for frequently marking great occasions of state and family events such as weddings, in verse.


“You Lived and You Died” is the new poem, which appears to have been written by the prince in outrage at his wife’s decision to leave.

“Some mistakes are known as betrayal, and you have transgressed and betrayed,” the poem begins. “You traitor, you betrayed the most precious trust, you exposed your games and nature,” he adds in the piece.

The royal then continues to accuse his wife of lying, suggesting the claim was backed by evidence.

“You no longer have a place within me, go to who has kept you occupied,” he wrote, ending with “I do not care whether you live or die”.

While the subject behind the poem was not disclosed by al-Maktoum, the tone suggests it was addressed to a woman who had betrayed him.

Princess Haya is believed to have initially sought asylum in Germany, while reports claim her application has been approved in principle.

According to reports, she is also said to be seeking refuge in the United Kingdom (UK) as her preference is to live in London, where she is currently said to be residing at a secret location.