The Sheik secretly married a woman named Nivin El Gamal (pictured left) and they have a six year old son together. The problem is, he has refused to acknowledge that he’s the father of the boy (pictured right).
Now, 38 year old Egyptian-born, Ms El Gamal who is an interior designer based in Britain says there are plans to deport her although she’s in the UK legally as she applied for residency when her visa was due to expire in July 2013.
After a series of court hearings and a paternity test, Sheik Ahmed – who is said to be worth billions – was forced to agree to a generous maintenance settlement of £15,000 a month until the boy turns 21.
What caught my eye about this story is the way the guy wooed her, spoilt her and later dumped her to marry his cousin. This might serve as an eye opener.
Read what Ms El Gama…who was born into a wealthy and influential Egyptian family…told DailyMail UK about her first meeting with the 56 year old Sheik Ahmed in Dubai in 2004:
“I was having lunch with a girlfriend at the Emirates Towers Hotel. Ahmed was at the next table with some friends and struck up a conversation with us.
He said he was a businessman and took my phone number before we parted. About 20 minutes later, he called me and asked if my friend and I would join him for dinner that night.
I said yes because I thought he might be a potential client for my interior design business. I honestly didn’t know who he was.
A month after I returned to London, he flew to the capital in his private jet and set about wooing me.
I had never before felt so attracted to anyone. I was enthralled by him. I adored him. I felt in my heart that we were meant to be together.
He would wake me up with a cup of espresso every morning and even have my toothbrush ready with toothpaste.
We spent most of our time at his flat in Knightsbridge or on his yacht in Dubai, because he’s a very private person.
I have a Louis Vuitton crocodile bag that I don’t think anyone else in the world has got. Sheik Ahmed proposed in 2006. He gave me a £30,000 dowry, as well as money to buy a gold ring with 17 diamonds.
Then, in 2007 we took part in a secret Muslim marriage ceremony in his Knightsbridge apartment. He arranged a secret urfi – a traditional form of Islamic marriage officiated by an imam.
Two male assistants acted as witnesses. There were no other guests. I agreed to all the secrecy because, as a senior royal, he was not allowed to marry someone from outside his country, especially as his first wife. He promised that after a while we would make it public.
But I was stunned when things began to fall apart after I announced I was pregnant. After Saeed was born in Los Angeles, in April 2008, the sheik married his cousin. I never dreamed he would dump me this way.
I feel angry and betrayed, but most of all sorry for my son Saeed, who has never set eyes on his father. He asks me all the time where his papa is.
I make excuses, saying that he’s busy working or that his plane is broken, but that one day he will come and give him a hug.
I just don’t understand how a man can have no contact with his son. If I am deported then I will have to start all over again, to get my legal rights acknowledged in the courts of another country.”
The sheik declined to comment when approached by the news site. What do you happened? After all, the Sheik acted like the perfect Prince Charming. At what point, does a girl learn to differentiate real love from excessive financial pampering?Sheik Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum