Everything You Need to Know About Princess Haya

Princess Haya Bint Hussein with daughter (left)
Princess Haya Bint Hussein with daughter (left) | © princesshaya
Photo of Leah Simpson
10 July 2018

Princess Haya Bint Hussein is a well-known figure throughout the UAE, belonging to two Middle Eastern royal families. While she’s a fashion icon who can be seen socialising with Queen Elizabeth II at the Ascot races, she has plenty to back up her status as one of the most respected and approachable royals in the world. For starters, she has a degree from Oxford University in politics, philosophy and economics and is a huge fan of Guns N’ Roses, as well as of P!nk’s music. Here’s what else you should know about the princess.

Princess Haya was born into Jordan’s royal family

Princess Haya Bint Hussein may be married to the Vice President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates and Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Mohammed bin Rashid al Maktoum, but before becoming a UAE royal, she was regal in her own right.

Born in Amman, Jordan, on May 3, 1974, Princess Haya is the daughter of the country’s late King Hussein and Alia Al Hussein. Jordan’s international airport in the capital city of Amman is named after her mother, who was King Hussein’s third wife. She died in a helicopter crash when Princess Haya was just two years old.

Princess Haya is one of 11 siblings; her half-brother Abdullah II of Jordan currently has the throne as the Hashemite family continues their rule, which began in 1921.

Princess Haya’s Instagram is big

يعلّمنا تاريخ البشرية الطويل، أن الذين تعلّموا التعاون والبذل في الظروف غير المتوقعة تمكّنوا من تحقيق أهدافهم بفعالية. كلّي فخر بالشراكة الراسخة بين المفوضية السامية للأمم المتحدة لشؤون اللاجئين والمدينة العالمية للخدمات الإنسانية في دبي… شراكة تهدف إلى اغاثة اللاجئين الذين داهمتهم أزمات جعلتهم في أمسّ الحاجة للمساعدة. لذا، فإن المدينة العالمية للخدمات الإنسانية ملتزمة بمواصلة دعم المفوضية السامية للأمم المتحدة لشؤون اللاجئين لضمان تقديم يد العون للمتضرّرين من خلال تجهيز وايصال مواد الإغاثة الأساسية لحالات الطوارئ بشكل سريع وفعّال. ولا يسعني إلّا أن أتقدّم بالشكر للمفوض السامي لشؤون اللاجئين، فيليبو غراندي، وفريقه لعملهم الدؤوب والملهم لجعل هذا العالم مكاناً أفضل. “It is the long history of humankind that those who learned to collaborate and improvise most effectively have prevailed.” I am proud of the strength of the partnership between the UNHCR and International Humanitarian City. At the core of this collaboration, we aim to provide for refugees in crisis who are in greatest need of help. The IHC is committed to continuing to support the UNHCR, to ensure the protection of the people they serve through the quick and efficient deployment of emergency core relief items. Thank you, Filippo Grandi and all of your team at the UNHCR for your amazing work and for inspiring new generations to make our world a better place.

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Princess Haya’s Instagram account, @hrhprincesshaya, is booming, with hundreds of thousands of followers. Her profile documents everything from her work as a UN Messenger of Peace to the charity projects she’s involved in and beautiful pictures of Dubai and the Middle East region.

Don’t be surprised to see plenty of equestrian pictures on her page: Princess Haya was the first female to represent the Kingdom of Jordan at an international showjumping event, when she was just 13 years old. Another aspect you’re guaranteed to see on her page is how proud she is of her family.

Princess Haya’s children are a big part of her life

After marrying Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al Maktoum in 2004, Princess Haya had a daughter, Al Jalila bint Mohammed bin Rashid al Maktoum, in 2007, and a son, Zayed bin Mohammed bin Rashid al Maktoum, in 2012. She also proudly shares pictures of Dubai’s Crown Prince, Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid al Maktoum – her husband’s son – as he carries out his royal duties around the world.

She has paved the way for women

This royal has a number of firsts attached to her name: she’s the first woman in Jordan to be licensed to drive heavy vehicles and articulated lorries (inspired by her father’s nickname, ‘the Trucker’), so it’s no wonder her favourite TV show is Iced Road Truckers. She was the first woman and Arab to become a Goodwill Ambassador to the United Nations World Food Programme, and founded the first food assistance NGO – Tikyet Um Ali – in the Middle East.

Princess Haya’s sports CV is impressive

As well as horse riding since childhood (she was chair of the International Equestrian Federation 2006 – 2014), Princess Haya has spoken in the past about her love for shooting, falconry, water sports and driving fast cars. She believes sport is great for teaching discipline and team spirit, as well as keeping you physically and mentally fit.

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