Wednesday, May 3, 2017

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 3 May 1974 as the daughter of  King Hussein & his 3rd wife, Queen Alia {Source}. She has many half-siblings, silings, siblings-in-law, and nieces and nephews:
  1. Princess Alia bint Al Hussein (1956)
    1. Prince Hussein Mirza bint Al Hussein (1981)
    2. Master Talal Al-Saleh (1989)
    3. Master Abdul Hamid Al-Saleh (1992)
  2. King Abdullah II of Jordan (1962)
    1. Queen Rania of Jordan
      1. Crown Prince Hussein (1994)
      2. Princess Iman (1996)
      3. Princess Salma (2000)
      4. Prince Hashem (2005)
  3. Prince Faisal bin Al Hussein of Jordan (1963)
    1. Princess Alia Tabbaa (m. 1987-2008, div)
      1. Princess Ayah (1990)
        1. Mohammad Talal Halawani (m. 2014)
          1. Raiyah Halawani (2016)
      2. Prince Omar (1993)
      3. Princess Sara (1997) 
      4. Princess Aisha (1997) (twin of Sara)
    2. Princess Sara Bassam Kabbani (m. 2010-2013, div)
    3. Princess  Zeina Lubbadeh (m. 2014)
      1. Prince Abdullah bin Faisal (17 February 2016)
      2. Prince Muhammad bin Faisal (8 April 2017)
  4. Princess Aisha bint Hussein (1968)
    1. Master Aoun Juma (1992)
    2. Master Muna Juma (1996)
  5. Princess Zein bint Hussein (1968, twin of the above)
  6. Prince Ali bin Al Hussein (1975)
    1. Princess Rym al-Ali (1969, m 2004)
      1. Princess Jalila bint Ali (2005)
      2. Prince Abdullah bin Ali (2007)
  7. Abir Muhaisen (born 1972, adopted 1976)
  8. Prince Hamzah bin Al Hussein (1980)
    1.  Princess Noor bint Asem bin Nayef (m. 2004-2009)
      1. Princess Haya bint Hamzah (2007)
    2. Princess Basmah (m. 2012)
      1. Princess Zein Al Bint Hamzah (2012)
      2. Princess Noor Al Bint Hamzah (2014)
      3. Princess  Badiya Al Bint Hamzah (2016)
  9. Prince Hashim bin Al Hussein (1981)
    1. Princess Haalah bint Al Hashim (2007)
    2. Princess Rayet bint Al Hashim (2008)
    3. Princess Fatima Al Alia bint Al Hashim (2011)
  10. Princess Iman bint Al Hussein (1983)
    1. Master Omar Mirza (2014)
  11. Princess Raiyah bint Al-Hussein (1986)

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}. Together, they have two children{Source}:
  •  Sheikha Al Jaliala bint Mohammed Bin Rashild Al Maktoum (2007)
  • Sheikh Zayed bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktom (2012)

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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