Caitlin McNamara Biography – Caitlin McNamara Wiki
Caitlin McNamara alleged she was attacked in February by Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, a member of Abu Dhabi’s ruling family, the Sunday Times reported. The Times said McNamara, who had travelled to the UAE to work on the launch of the literary festival there, claimed she was assaulted by the sheikh when they met at a remote island villa.
Caitlin McNamara Age
She is 32 years old.
Caitlin McNamara Accused Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan
Caitlin McNamara says she was attacked by Sheikh Nahyan Mubarak Al Nahyan, 69, on Valentine’s Day earlier this year.
Ms McNamara had spent almost six months working at the Sheikh’s ministry after being hired by the Hay festival to organise its first event in the UAE.
On the morning of the alleged assault, which was Valentines Day, she told The Sunday Times that she received a phone call from the Sheikh inviting her to dinner, saying she had never spoken to him on the phone before then.
‘After six months there I was used to being summoned to meetings at all times of day,’ she told the newspaper. ‘And no one said no to Nahyan — he was like a god.’
From the car which was taking her to meet Nahyan, Ms McNamara texted Peter Florence, the head of the Hay Festival.
She described how she felt like she had been ‘called to the headmaster’s office for disrupting class,’ before joking that Florence should ‘send help’ if she did not return in 24 hours.
Despite the joky tone, Ms McNamara said she felt uncomfortable and so turned on her Whatsapp tracker, enabling others to follow her location.
Who is Caitlin McNamara?
Ms McNamara, 32, who was in Abu Dhabi working on the launch of the festival in the city, has now been interviewed by Scotland Yard.
Caitlin McNamara ‘serious sexual assault’
She has waived her right to anonymity and, in an interview with the Sunday Times, spoken publicly about the alleged assault.
Who is Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan?
The sheikh – who is a member of Abu Dhabi’s ruling family and likes to be known as the ‘Sheikh of Hearts’ – denies any wrongdoing, and said over the weekend that he was ‘surprised and saddened’ by the claims made by McNamara.
Sheikh Nahyan Mubarak Al Nahyan’s family is the fourth richest royal family in the world.
According to Business Insider, it controls a sovereign wealth fund with assets estimated to be worth £640bn, including Manchester City football team.
In 2013, Nahyan, who was educated in the UK and attended Oxford University, welcomed Boris Johnson to Abu Dhabi when he came to the country as part of a trade mission.
At the time, the sheikh was minister of culture and youth. In the same role, he also hosted Tony Blair when he attended the opening of the UAE’s global education and skills forum.
Hay festival Statements
On Saturday, the directors of the Hay festival pledged never to return to the UAE while the Sheikh remains in his post as the minister of tolerance in the United Arab Emirates cabinet.
Caitlin McNamara and Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan
Nahyan has previously hosted both Boris Johnson when he was mayor of London and also former Prime Minister Tony Blair.
The Times said McNamara, who was travelling to the UAE to kick off the literary festival here, claimed he was attacked by the sheikh when they met at a remote island villa.
The UAE Foreign Ministry, which also hosts the seven sheikh federations of Dubai in the Arabian Peninsula, said it did not comment on personal matters. When asked about the incident, the UK Metropolitan Police confirmed that a woman had contacted force on July 3 to report her alleged rape and said the first statement was taken from her.
The Associated Press doesn’t usually name the victims of sexual assault, but McNamara accepted recognition by the Sunday Times, who posted his picture on the front page.
Caroline Michel, chairman of the Hay Festival, said that her colleagues are determined to support McNamara in her search for legal action, and that the festival will not return to Abu Dhabi while remaining in the sheikh post.
“What happened to our friend and colleague Caitlin McNamara in Abu Dhabi last February was a terrible breach and a terrible abuse of trust and position,” Michel said in a statement.
“Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan ridiculed ministerial responsibilities and tragically undermined his government’s attempt to work with the Hay Festival to promote freedom of expression and women’s empowerment,” he said.
The Sheikh ministry paid for the four-day festival held in Abu Dhabi in late February, featuring many famous writers.
Sheikh Nahyan gained international attention when the Emirates hosted Pope Francis and moved towards normalizing ties with Israel while welcoming Jews to this Muslim ruled nation.
The Foreign Ministry of the UAE, a federation of seven sheikhdoms on the Arabian Peninsula also home to Dubai, said it does not comment on personal matters. When asked about the case, Britain’s Metropolitan Police confirmed that a woman contacted the force on July 3 to report an allegation of rape, and said an initial statement has been taken from her.
The Associated Press does not usually name sexual assault victims, but McNamara agreed to be identified by the Sunday Times, which ran her picture on the front page.