Princess Haya Bint Al Hussein

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Princess Haya bint Al Hussein (born Amman, Jordan, 1974 - ) Sheikha of Dubai, is the junior wife of Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum of Dubai, one of late King Hussein I of Jordan's daughters and sister of the current King of Jordan Abdullah II. She is graduated in England where she obtained a BA Honours degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from Oxford University. Princess Haya is an outstanding sportswoman, competing even in the 2000 Olympic Games. She has been President of the International Equestrian Federation (2006 - 2010), UN Messenger of Peace (2007), and is engaged in several humanitarian activities.

Princess Haya has underlined the need to use sport as a cost-effective tool to accelerate the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) to improve the lives of the world’s poorest people by 2015... She highlighted that poverty is no longer a problem restricted to a particular country or nation; that even the developed world is not immune.

“The work that we do during our lifetime and the lives that we touch will be our legacy, our gift to the future generations of Palestine – one that I hope will be passed on to their children and their children’s children,” stated Princess Haya. “Our passion for sport in this region provides us with an opportunity to change lives and develop young people. None of us have the capacity to individually solve the problems of the world, but collectively, we can help find solutions and provide hope to the children and youth of Palestine.” [1]

Her public roles include being a UN Messenger for Peace.

It is said that she has the nobility of his father and the beauty of her mother Queen Alia al-Hussein.

Today, I look at my daughter and I think, "Oh my God! My mother loved me this much!" It was always something that I wanted to quantify. I kept thrashing around trying to figure it out. In time, the answer came. My father always used to say, “Your mother would have been so proud of you.” And today, I realise that a lot of my character must come from her. [2]

Princess Haya is the founder of the first food aid non-governmental organisation in the Arab world known as Tkiyet Um Ali, chair of Sport and Solidarity – a group that raises money from sports events to help children around the world, honorary president of the Queen Alia Foundation for the Hearing and Speech Impaired, and member of the International Olympic Committee.

Marriage and child

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The lavish wedding of Princess Haya and Sheikh Mohammed took place on April 10, 2004 at the Al Baraka Palace in Amman. At present they have a daughter, Al Jalila, born December 2, 2007 in Dubai; the name Al Jalila means the "majestic one" in Arabic. Sheikh Mohammed also is married to Sheikha Hind bint Maktoum bin Jumaa al Maktoum, his senior wife since 1979.

Awards and nominations

  • Princess Haya was twice (1988, 1992) decorated by her late father King Hussein, for excelling in her sport internationally.
  • Voted “Athlete of the Year” by the Jordanian Public in 1993, and nominated “Athlete of the Year” by The Arab BBC Radio in 1994, after winning numerous National and International Events in the Arab and Asian Region.
  • In 1996, Princess Haya also received an award from the Spanish Equestrian Federation as the Equestrian Personality of the Year.
  • In March 2000, Princess Haya became the youngest person to receive The International Golden Helm Award from the International Association of Golden Helmsmen of Tourism, after setting up a tourism campaign at the request of her late father during her time training in Germany 1997-1999. This resulted in her raising the numbers of German and German speaking tourists to Jordan from 2% to 12.5% in a two-year period.
  • In February 2006, HM King Abdullah Bin Al Hussein II of Jordan bestowed the Bejeweled Grand Cordon of Al Nahda (Order of the Renaissance) on Princess Haya in recognition of her notable humanitarian efforts and her distinguished role as Goodwill Ambassador for the WFP. The Al Nahda is the highest decoration in the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan.
  • In October 2006, Princess Haya was awarded the Guirlande d’Honneur (The Laurel Wreath) and Celebrity of the Year Award by the Milan International FICTS Festival, the most important International Festival dedicated to sports televisions and movies, in recognition of her leading role as an international athlete and President of the Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI).

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