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Princess Haya bint Al Hussein

Her Royal Highness Princess Haya of Jordan (Template:Lang-ar), born 3 May 1974 (age ) is one of King Hussein I of Jordan's daughters and one of the wives of Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum.



Princess Haya studied in Britain, where she attended Badminton School for Girls in Bristol, Bryanston School in Dorset and later St Hilda's College, Oxford University, from which she graduated with a BA Honours degree in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics (PPE).

Sports & activities

Princess Haya is an avid sportswoman. She participated in the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney Australia representing Jordan in show jumping, where she was also the flag bearer for the Jordanian delegation, and regularly takes part in equestrian events. She has been elected president of the International Equestrian Federation for a standard four-year term ending in 2010.[1] She has announced her intention to seek a second mandate at the 2010 FEI General Assembly, where she will stand against Henk Rottinghuis and Sven Holmberg. Princess Haya was also selected as a member of the international athletes commission at the International Olympic Committee.

On 7 June 2008, New Approach, the three-year-old colt owned by Princess Haya, trained in Ireland by Jim Bolger and ridden by Kevin Manning, won the Derby Stakes, the world's premier Classic race for thoroughbred race horses, over one and a half miles at Epsom Downs. Princess Haya was able to lead the horse into the winning enclosure, accompanied by Sheikh Mohammed. On 25 October 2008, her three-year-old colt, Raven's Pass, won the $5 million Breeders' Cup Classic, the premier North American horse race.

Princess Haya has engaged in a range of humanitarian activities and founded Tikyet Um Ali, the first Arab NGO dedicated to overcoming hunger, in her native Jordan, and now chairs Dubai's International Humanitarian City. She was appointed a UN Messenger of Peace in July 2007 by Secretary-General Ban-Ky Moon and earlier was the first woman and first Arab to serve as an ambassador for the World Food Programme (2005-07). She is a founding member of former Secretary-General Kofi Annan's Global Humanitarian Forum based in Geneva [1][2] and serves on the boards of many other non-profit organizations.

Marriage and children

On 10 April 2004, Princess Haya married HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the ruler of Dubai, becoming his junior wife; his senior wife is HH Sheikha Hind bint Maktoum bin Juma Al Maktoum of Dubai.

On 2 December 2007 in Dubai, Haya gave birth to her first child, HH Sheikha Al Jalila bint Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum. [3] The baby's birth coincides with the United Arab Emirates' 36th celebration of National Day. [4]

Titles and Styles

  • 3 May 1974 – 10 April 2004: Her Royal Highness Princess Haya Bint Al Hussein of Jordan
  • since 10 April 2004: Her Royal Highness Princess Haya Bint Al Hussein of Jordan, Sheikha of Dubai


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