Dubai royal Sheikh Ali Rashed Al Maktoum’s portrait mysteriously removed from HK office after identity as singer exposed

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Left: Sheikh Ali Rashed Ali Saeed Al Maktoum,. Centre: The prince as singer "Alira". Right: Eleanor Mak

3rd April 2024 – (Hong Kong) Sheikh Ali Rashed Ali Saeed Al Maktoum, a purported member of the ruling family of Dubai in the United Arab Emirates, had planned to open a family office in Hong Kong. The inauguration ceremony was scheduled to take place on March 28th but was abruptly cancelled the day before. It has since come to light that the prince had a previous career as a singer-songwriter under the name Alira, focusing on performing songs in the Filipino language.

Sheikh Ali Bin Rashed Al Maktoum establishes a family office in Hong Kong. Prince Sheikh Ali Bin Rashed Al Maktoum (left) and the office’s Deputy Chairman and CEO Ms Eleanor Mak (right) signed the family office registration document in Dubai.

Alira performing on stage.

However, it has been discovered that Prince Ali’s portrait has been removed from his office in Sheung Wan. Interestingly, his office is located within the premises of a company associated with the Stanley Ho family.

Using facial recognition technology provided by the website Pimeyes, journalists have analysed multiple photographs of Prince Ali and found visual similarities with the male countertenor singer Alira. By comparing their facial features, the way they speak English during interviews, and their accents, it has been determined that they are indeed the same person.

Alira, known for his impressive countertenor vocals that span an astonishing six octaves, gained popularity for his renditions of songs by Filipino female artists. Despite having no Filipino heritage himself, as both his parents are of pure Emirati descent, he expressed a deep fondness for the kindness and warmth of the Filipino people, which inspired him to sing Filipino songs.

During interviews as a singer, Alira revealed that his biggest musical influence was Mariah Carey, who introduced him to the world of music.

It appears that Prince Ali’s singing career began around 2020 when he performed at the Dubai World Expo and released an album. He was interviewed by several media outlets in Dubai and the Philippines, but no reports of his musical activities have surfaced since February 2023.

His official singer website, Instagram, Facebook, YouTube, and TikTok pages are all currently inaccessible.

Prince Ali’s office, located in the China Merchants Tower, Shun Tak Centre, Sheung Wan, is shared with a company affiliated with the Stanley Ho family called “Positive Goal Investments Ltd.” However, his portrait has already been replaced.

Following the postponement of the office opening ceremony, Prince Ali’s spokesperson released multiple statements explaining that he had to return to his home country to attend to urgent matters. The inauguration will now take place in May, and the prince is expected to visit Hong Kong again.

The family office of Prince Ali, named “Positive Goal Investments Ltd,” is situated on the 16th floor of the China Merchants Tower in Sheung Wan. The company’s board of directors has included Stanley Ho in the past, with the current directors being Su Shuhui and Lam Wai Ching. Su is a director of the Shun Tak Group.

According to South China Morning Post, when their reporter visited the office on 28th March, Prince Ali’s portrait was still on display. However, it was discovered today that the portrait had been replaced.

When questioned about the swift change of the prince’s portrait within less than a week and its connection to “Positive Goal,” office staff declined to comment. They also noted that the executive directors of Prince Ali’s family office, Cheng Cheung-hang (William Tien) and Vice-Chairman and CEO Eleanor Jane Mak, do not work at this particular office.

A press release was issued by the Vice Chairman & CEO of the Family Office Sheikh Ali Bin Rashed Al Maktoum earlier.