Dubai Prince’s website goes offline again after short-lived recovery

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16th April 2024 – (Hong Kong) The official website of Sheikh Ali Rashed Ali Saeed Al Maktoum, a purported scion of Dubai’s ruling family, has encountered yet another disruption, going offline shortly after being reinstated on 11th April.

Sheikh Ali’s family office website, www.sheikhalialmaktoum.com, initially ceased operations unexpectedly on Wednesday the 10th, but service was temporarily restored the following day. The site, which features profiles and portraits of Sheikh Ali alongside two other sheikhs, offers insight into the family office’s activities but remains vague about the specific familial branch of the Al Maktoum dynasty to which Sheikh Ali belongs.

The official website of Sheikh Ali Rashed Ali Saeed Al Maktoum, a purported scion of Dubai’s ruling family, has encountered yet another disruption today.

Meanwhile, the Sheikh’s personal LinkedIn profile continues to be inaccessible, further complicating the public’s ability to connect with his professional persona online.

The troubles with Sheikh Ali’s website and LinkedIn account come at an inconvenient time, following an earlier by Singapore’s “Lianhe Zaobao” that cast a shadow of doubt over his plans to establish a family office in Hong Kong. The newspaper cited a former UAE diplomat who portrayed the Dubai prince as a generally low-key figure, possibly a distant relative within the royal family, and questioned the significance of his investments in Hong Kong.

The website, launched in May 2023, and the corresponding LinkedIn profile, created later in August, are designed to project an image of Sheikh Ali as an active participant in various global forums, including educational and sustainability events in Hong Kong. During his recent visit, Sheikh Ali’s office signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Hang Seng University, focusing on sustainable development initiatives, and he was named an honorary professor in sustainability leadership.

However, this partnership faced its own set of controversies. Following the media attention, the university was compelled to revise a press release concerning Sheikh Ali’s appointment, although they confirmed that the agreement and the honorary title still stand. The repeated online disruptions, coupled with the ambiguity surrounding Sheikh Ali’s standing in the Al Maktoum family and his business ventures, add layers of complexity to his public engagements. Notably, Sheikh Ali had previously garnered attention in Hong Kong as a singer-songwriter known as “Alira,” popular in the Philippines, before announcing his $500 million family office project in the city.