The Sheikh Rashid bin Hamad al-Sharqi (31) is the second son of Sheikh Hamad bin Mohammed al-Sharqi, the Emir of Fujairah, one of seven emirates in the UAE.
Prince Sheikh Rashid reportedly arrived in Doha, Qatar on May 16.
Abu Dhabi is the capital and the richest emirate in the UAE. Ruler or Emir of Abu Dhabi, Emir Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed al-Nahyan, also served as President of UAE.
Speaking to the New York Times, Sheikh Rashid accused Abu Dhabi authorities of extorting and laundering money. But he did not show any evidence to support his allegations.
Sheikh Rashid also revealed about the tensions between UAEs over the commitment of deployment of UAE troops to the war in Yemen.
Sheikh Rashid mentioned that the number of UAE soldiers killed in the Yemeni conflict reached more than 100 people as reported to the public. “There are far more deaths than Fujairah than others,” he said.
The UAE authorities are reluctant to comment when contacted by AFP. But UAE Foreign Minister Anwar Gargash commented vaguely via Twitter about the ‘conspiracy against the ruling family by the lack of courage and even giving out leaks as well’ without mentioning names.
Together with Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Bahrain, the UAE severed all ties with Qatar in June 2017. The four countries are compactly accusing Qatar of supporting militant groups and forging too close ties with Iran, Saudi rivals. Qatar has denied the allegations.
The New York Times report calls Sheikh Rashid the first member of the UAE Emirate who has criticized the openly controlled UAE in 47 years.