The now 33-year-old says she boarded a boat in the hope that she could get to India, and eventually seek freedom in the United States.
Within days, the boat was stormed and the princess was taken, not to be heard from since.
Sheikha Latifa Bint Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum II is one of the daughters of Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Prime Minister and Vice-President of the United Arab Emirates.
In preparation for her possible death or kidnapping following her escape, the princess made a video of her plan. She sent it to a trusted lawyer, who released the footage to YouTube following her alleged capture.
“If you’re watching this video, it’s not such a good thing. Either I’m dead, or I’m in a very very very bad situation,” she says in the video.
Nine months on, her ultraconservative family have spoken.
In a statement from the court of Dubai’s ruler, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum, it says the princess is “safe”.
“Her Highness Sheikha Latifa is now safe in Dubai,” said the statement from the court of Dubai’s ruler, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum.
“(Latifa) and her family are looking forward to celebrating her birthday today, in privacy and peace, and to building a happy and stable future for her.”
In a statement to Sky News, the princess’ lawyers said that they are concerned by the statement.
“If it is that Sheikha Latifa is with her family, and that this is a family matter for which she seeks no public concern, then why is she prevented from communicating this publicly, or to any individual that she considers to be a friend,” they told the publication.
“The only conclusion that can be drawn is that Sheikha Latifa remains detained against her will,” they added.