Saturday, May 3, 2014

Royal Profile: Princess Haya Bint Al Hussein, Princess of Jordan, Sheikha of Dubai

Princess Haya Bint Al Hussein, Princess of Jordan, Sheikha of Dubai was born on 3 May 1974, the daughter of King Hussein & his 3rd wife, Queen Alia {Source}. She is the younger half-sister of the present King of Jordan.

She was primarily educated in England, where she attended Badminton School for Girls,Bryanston School, St. Hilda's College, Oxford. She holds a BA honours in Philosophy, politics & economics{Source}.

On 10 April 2004, Princess Haya wed His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the ruler of Dubai{Source}. In December 2007, she gave birth to her first child, Sheikha Al Jaliala bint Mohammed Bin Rashild Al Maktoum {Source}. In 2012, she gave birth to her second child, Sheikh Zayed bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktom {Source}

The Princess is an active Equestrian and humanitarian. In 2002, she participated in the FEI World Equestrian Games in Spain{Source}. She also competed in the 2000 Sydney Olympics{Source}. She also participated in the 1992 Pan Arab Games in Syria {Source}. In 2006, she was elected President of the FEI for a 4-year term {Source}, she made history getting elected a second time in 2010 {Source}. She is also patron of the Retraining of Racehorses{Source}. She is also president of the International Jordanian Athletes Cultural Association {Source}. She founded Tikyet Um Ali, chair's Dubai's International Humanitarian City {Source} Princess Haya was an ambassador for the World Food Programme 2005-2007,{Source} and then appointed a UN Messenger of Peace in July 2007 by Secretary-General Ban-Ky Moon{Source}. She was a founding member of former Secretary-General Kofi Annan's Global Humanitarian Forum based in Geneva, and writes editorials and articles on hunger, nutrition and the UN Millennium Development Goals{Source} and serves on the boards of many non-profit organizations. In August 2012, she supported the 2012 United Nations' World Humanitarian Day in Dubai{Source}

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