Dubai: Crown Prince to Marry Former Street Girl


Dubai| 28-year-old Hamdan bin Mohammed Al Maktoum, the crown prince of Dubai, announced this morning his engagement to Kalila Said, a Palestinian refugee who grew up in the streets of a shantytown near the Arab metropolis. The second-oldest son of ruler Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum met the 23-year old woman while working on a charity project in March of last year in one of the capital’s disadvantaged neighbourhoods and the two have rapidly developed a symbiotic relationship.

Sheikh Hamdan’s love life has been the object of much speculation over the years . He remained in a monogamous and serious relationship with one of his half-cousins from 2008 to 2013, despite the fact that he was engaged to his cousin Sheikha Sheikha Al Maktoum. This relationship ended sourly however in January 2013, just a few months before the Prince met his new love. His arranged marriage has also recently been cancelled for reasons that were not made public.

This charming Prince was a well known “lady’s prize” for a long time. He not only writes poetry, but he is also passionate about horses. Affectionately known as Fazza, meaning “the courageous,” the name under which he publishes his poetry, he is known for his strong penchant for fast cars and skydiving. He is a graduate from the Sandhurst Royal Military Academy and also attended the London School of Economics and Political Science. Prince Hamdan even won a team gold medal at the 15th Asian Games in 2006 in a horseback riding competition. He also owns an incredible collections of camels, and he once paid US$4.5 million for 16 beautiful specimens at a camel beauty pageant in the emirate of Abu Dhabi. Handsome, brave and exotic: what more could a girl ask for?

Well despite Hamdan’s status and good looks, he had to court the young woman with insistence for over three months before she accepted to start seeing him. The recipient of a Royal scholarship for exceptional merit and psychology graduate from the American Universtiy of Dubai did however end up succumbing to the Prince’s charm and the two rapidly became almost inseparable.

According to rumors circulating in the country, Hamdan’s father, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, threatened last November to disinherit his son if he pursued the relationship, but to no avail. The young man chose love over his title and situation, bringing his father to reconsider his position. The Sheikh finally seems to have accepted the situation and even gave his blessing to the new couple.

15 Comments on "Dubai: Crown Prince to Marry Former Street Girl"

  1. Hasir Sulaiman | June 19, 2014 at 10:35 am | Reply

    Warm Wishes Sir!

  2. The fact that the newspaper is calling her a street girl is a shame. Being raised in a refugee camp should not be a reason to call her a street girl! Palestinians were displaced from their homeland by force and staying in refugee camps was not a choice. I believe this requires an immediate apology for the girl.

    • Dear Lama, you are absolutely right – a disgraceful and disrespectful headline!

      Good for Prince Fazza, who can see beyond circumstances of birth that are of no choice of the person.

    • Deokie Birbal | June 19, 2014 at 11:53 am |

      The first impression I got when I read the caption was that this girl was a woman begging or something like that and the prince did her a favor by wanting to marry her! How can a writer be so biased to create a negative impression? I am in support of your comment. Yes,there should be a public apology to this girl who seems to be quite a lady.

  3. Disgusting. .. he cancelled his engagement to skeikha sheikha al-makhtoum just to marry this street girl…seriously, grow up dude.!

    • True love, my dear – one has to earn it, not buy it.

    • Aisha, can you hear yourself? There is no more disgusting than your small brain.. He cancelled because he doesnt love his cousin.. Damn you grow up girl, and learn how to stand up for your feelings, not being a followers.

    • aisha, grow up you pakistani

  4. Congratulation both of you. great news.

  5. This is excellent news! A story based on two people finding love no matter what the odds as they both face scrutiny…This young Muslim shows to the world and his country that he is the owner of his own life! Totes proud of the price and his beautiful bride to be

  6. ephemeral 30 | June 19, 2014 at 7:35 am | Reply

    This news open the eyes of most people. Congratulations to both of you. The true fairy tale story…

  7. World change for good and better ! As long as the young couple lives happily nothing matters… God Bless Them !

  8. God bless you both !!!

  9. arabian_pearl | June 19, 2014 at 6:48 am | Reply

    Masha Allah, whats the fortune this lady got !!!
    Wish u both a happy life…. 🙂
    Even Love is so graceful and honorable upon Royalty also 🙂

  10. Anas bin Ansari | June 19, 2014 at 6:22 am | Reply

    rocking prince………..

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