Haya bint Hussein

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Princess Haya bint Hussein
Opening Cerimony by HRH Princess Haya Bint Al Hussein (crop).jpg
Princess Haya in 2011
Born (1974-05-03) 3 May 1974 (age 44)
Amman, Jordan
IssueSheikha Jalila
Sheikh Zayed
HouseHashemite (by birth), Al Maktoum (by marriage)
FatherHussein of Jordan
MotherAlia Toukan

Princess Haya bint Hussein (Arabic: الأميرة هيا بنت الحسين‎; born 3 May 1974) is the daughter of King Hussein of Jordan with his third wife, Queen Alia, and the half-sister of King Abdullah II. Princess Haya is a junior wife of the United Arab Emirates' prime minister, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, being known internationally as Princess Haya of Jordan. She is a 41st-generation direct descendant of Muhammad since she was born to the Hashemite family (who have ruled Jordan since 1921).

A graduate of Oxford University in England, she is an accomplished equestrian who competed for Jordan in international show jumping competition and is the two-term President of the International Federation for Equestrian Sports (FEI). In addition she engages in a variety of charitable activities.


Princess Haya studied in the United Kingdom, 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).[1][2][3]


On 10 April 2004, Princess Haya wed Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai in Amman, Jordan [4]

On 2 December 2007 in Dubai, Princess Haya gave birth to her first child, Sheikha Jalila bint Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum.[5] The baby's birth coincided with the United Arab Emirates' 36th celebration of its National Day, on 2 December.[6] On 7 January 2012, she gave birth to her second child, Sheikh Zayed bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum.[7]


Princess Haya began horse riding internationally when she was 13.[8] In 1992 she took the bronze medal in individual Jumping at the seventh Pan Arab Games in Damascus, Syria. and in 1993 was named Jordan’s athlete of the year.[8] Princess Haya was the first woman to represent her native Jordan in international equestrian sport and the only woman to win a medal in the Pan-Arab Equestrian Games.[9] Having trained for several years in Ireland and Germany,[8] she qualified for the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney, Australia representing Jordan in show jumping, where she was also her country’s flag bearer.[10]

In 2007 Princess Haya became a member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and in 2010 became an appointee to the IOC's International Relations Committee, and has also served on the IOC Athletes’ and Culture and Olympic Education Commissions.[8]

On 7 June 2008, New Approach, a three-year-old colt owned by Princess Haya, trained in Ireland by Jim Bolger and ridden by Kevin Manning, won the Derby Stakes. On 25 October 2008, her three-year-old colt, Raven's Pass, won the $5 million Breeders' Cup Classic. After being named the European champion 2-year-old in 2007 and winning the 2008 Epsom Derby, New Approach was retired at the end of the 2008 racing season.[11] In 2009, due to her contribution to the equine world, she was made the first Patron of Retraining of Racehorses.[12]

Princess Haya serves as president of the International Jordanian Athletes Cultural Association, which she founded to provide athletes with needed national incentive and support.[8]

International Federation for Equestrian Sports (FEI)[edit]

Princess Haya (right) congratulating FEI 2012 award winner Courtney King-Dye

Princess Haya participated in the 2002 FEI World Equestrian Games at Jerez de la Frontera in Spain,[10] and represented Jordan at the FEI General Assembly on several occasions.[8] She was elected president of the International Federation for Equestrian Sports (FEI) in 2006 for an initial four-year term in the FEI's first contested presidential race.[13] She made history a second time in 2010, becoming the first sitting FEI president to be challenged in a re-election bid.[13] She succeeded, however, in winning a second and final four-year term, receiving 75 percent of the vote to soundly defeat her two European rivals.[14] Nonetheless, during the FEI's campaign to eliminate doping and horse abuse in equestrian sport, Princess Haya's husband and stepson were both convicted by the FEI in 2009 for serious doping violations. Princess Haya ceded presidential powers to a senior colleague for the FEI disciplinary processes on the matter. She later complained that the issue would be used to "injure and damage the reputations of myself and my family."[15]

Charitable activities[edit]

Princess Haya is the first Arab and first woman ever to become Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations World Food Programme and UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon appointed her a UN Messenger of Peace in 2007.[8]

She founded Tikyet Um Ali (TUA), the first Arab NGO dedicated to overcoming local hunger, in her native Jordan, which provides food assistance and employment opportunities to thousands of poor families. In November 2012, Tkiyet Um Ali announced a campaign to quadruple the number of its beneficiaries to reach 20,000 families living under the food poverty line, aiming to meet the UN Millennium Development Goals on hunger by 2015. Tkiyet Um Ali (TUA) is intended to expand to reach all Jordanian families with insufficient income to meet basic food needs. In addition, Dar Abu Abdullah (DAA) and TUA announced a strategic partnership[16] for a parallel jobs creation program to help TUA beneficiaries become more self-sufficient.[17]

Princess Haya chairs Dubai's International Humanitarian City which is the world's largest operational center for the delivery of aid, both in emergencies and for long-term development. Ten UN agencies and nearly 40 non-government organizations are members of the IHC which has supported relief efforts all over the globe, including for Syrian refugees affected by civil war, for East Africans during the last drought, in Pakistan during the 2009 floods, and to Afghanistan and Yemen. The IHC has also hosted UN and NGO staff evacuated during emergencies and civil unrest.

Princess Haya was an ambassador for the World Food Programme 2005-2007,[18] and then appointed a UN Messenger of Peace in July 2007 by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. 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. In August 2012, she supported the 2012 United Nations' World Humanitarian Day in Dubai.[19] Under Her patronage, Dubai hosted the Global Meeting of the World Food Programme for 2012 and is increasingly a center for United Nations and regional meetings on development and humanitarian aid.

Relief and charitable programmes in Jordan have also benefitted from the support of the princess's consort, Sheikh Mohammed, specifically the King Hussein Cancer Foundation, the Haya Cultural Centre and the 'Reading Nation' campaign.[20]

Princess Haya and Tracy Edwards meeting in 2017

Princess Haya has followed in her father's footsteps in giving her support to the charitable foundation "Anything is possible", set up in the name of King Hussein to advance education for girls, including the project "The Maiden Factor", established by sailor Tracy Edwards with the relaunch of her yacht Maiden in 2018.[21]

She is a member of the Honorary Board of the International Paralympic Committee.[22]


Officer of the National Order of the Legion of Honour, France’s highest distinction. (26 September 2014)[23]

2015 Hunger Hero Award, UN World Food Programme, Davos, Switzerland, (22 January 2015)[24]


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