After that, she was only allowed to visit him twice a year.
Tariq was enrolled at the international school owned by the Al Habtoor family.
‘I love being back home and I don’t care if I never see my father again.’A shy, slightly awkward teenager, he turns frequently to his mother for moral support as he talks.
For Sarra, Tariq’s return is the happy conclusion to a long and bitter custodial battle that made national headlines, hit the High Court and even involved the British Consulate in the Middle East.
With no school, no polo and nothing to do but ponder his claustrophobic existence, Tariq began to plot a way out. Tariq, dressed in his school uniform and with no luggage except his satchel, bypassed his bodyguards, hailed a taxi to Dubai International Airport and boarded a plane to London.