Dubai ruler's divorce makes headlines as 'biggest' in UK history

Princess Haya was the 6th wife to the multi-billionaire ruler

Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Prime Minister and Vice-President of the United Arab Emirates and ruler of Dubai, attends the Summit of South American-Arab Countries, in Riyadh November 10, 2015.

A British court has finalized the settlement on Dubai ruler Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al-Maktoum's divorce to Princess Haya Bint Al-Hussain.

In a ruling on Tuesday, the £500 million (Sh74.8 billion) was dubbed as the "biggest" settlement in UK legal history.

Noting a threat on Princess Haya's safety while in the United Kingdom (UK), Mr Justice Moor justified the settlement as a way to guarantee her safety.

"There is a clear and ever-present risk to these children that is almost certain to persist until they obtain their independence," he stated.

He added: "There will remain a clear and ever-present risk to [Princess Haya] for the remainder of her life, whether it be from [Sheikh Mohammed] or just from the normal terrorist and other threats."

The Judge directed that Sheikh Mohammed pay £250 million (Sh37.4 billion) upfront to Princess Haya and provide a bank guarantee of £290 million (Sh43.4 billion) for annual payments.

The Guardian quotes Mr Justice Moor: "Most importantly in this regard, and absolutely uniquely, the main threat they face is from HH (his highness the sheikh) himself not from outside sources. This is compounded by the full weight of the state that he has available to him as seen by his ability to make use of the Pegasus software, which is only available to governments."

On his part, Sheikh Mohammed of Dubai said that gifts which had been given to her during their marriage would be sent to her. He also said that he had removed the online poem ascribed to him, which the princess perceived as a threat to her life.

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