People / HRH Princess Haya Bint Al Hussein Al Hussein
HRH Princess Haya Bint Al Hussein Al HusseinChairperson of the International Humanitarian City in Dubai (IHC)
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 often.
Among her various international and regional activities, Princess HayaвЂ™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 HildaвЂ™s College, Oxford University with an Honors Degree BA MA, in P.P.E. (Politics, Philosophy and Economics.)