HRH Princess Haya Bint Al
Wife of HH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum
Vice-President and Prime Minister of UAE, Ruler of Dubai
Born on May 3rd 1974, Her Royal Highness Princess Haya Bint
Al Hussein is the daughter of HM Late King Hussein Bin Talal
of Jordan (1935-1999) and HM Late Queen Alia Al Hussein
(1948-1977). On April 10th 2004, HRH Princess Haya was married
to HH Sheikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President
and Prime Minister of UAE, Ruler of Dubai, and now resides
with her husband in Dubai, traveling to her homeland Jordan
Among her various international and regional activities,
Princess Haya’s main concentration is focused on humanitarian
aid, with a core interest in promoting health, education,
youth and sports through working closely with various regional
and global charities and social organizations.
Princess Haya is the first Arab and first woman to serve
as a Goodwill Ambassador to the United Nations World Food
Program from 2005 till 2007. Her appointment was supported
by former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan, making her the
second Goodwill Ambassador ever for the WFP. Princess Haya
is also Chairperson of the International Humanitarian City
in Dubai (IHC).
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.
As a long-time athlete in equestrian sports, Princess Haya
is the first Arab woman to compete in equestrian at Olympic,
world and continental championship level. She was elected
on May 1st 2006 as President of the International Equestrian
Federation (FEI) and therefore became the first Arab to
occupy this international position.
HRH Princess Haya graduated from St Hilda’s College,
Oxford University with an Honors Degree BA MA, in P.P.E.
(Politics, Philosophy and Economics.)
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