Princess Zein bint Hussein

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Princess Zein bint Hussein
Born (1968-04-23) 23 April 1968 (age 51)
Amman, Jordan
SpouseMajdi Al-Saleh
IssueJaafar Al-Saleh
Jumana Al-Saleh
Tahani Al-Shahwa (adopted)
FatherHussein of Jordan
MotherMuna Al-Hussein

Princess Zein bint Hussein (born 23 April 1968[1]) is the sister of King Abdullah II of Jordan and the twin sister of Princess Aisha bint Hussein.


She attended Westover School, where she captained the volleyball team and graduated in 1986; her father spoke at the commencement.[2] She married Majdi Farid Al-Saleh on 3 August 1989.[Note 1] Together, they have two biological children: Jaafar Al-Saleh, born 9 November 1990, and Jumana Al-Saleh.[1] They also have an adopted daughter, Tahani Al-Shahwa.[3]

Princess Zein has been involved in humanitarian efforts since the 1990s. She offered financial support to the Gulf Peace Team, a nonviolent protest group during the Gulf War.[4][5] In 1997, King Hussein ordered Hashemiyeh Palace, then used to house foreign dignitaries, converted into an orphanage after learning of poor conditions for orphans in Amman.[6] He selected Princess Zein to run the new facility and act as its patron; it opened nine months later as Dar Al Bir.[7][8] In 2013, she visited Miami Children's Hospital for a demonstration of telehealth programs.[9]

She and her husband also own Royal Jaafar Stud, where they breed Arabian horses.[10]


  1. ^ The Romanization of Arabic is not standardized, and various sources render the surname of Princess Zein's husband and biological children in slightly different ways. The Jordanian government uses Saleh in the official Hashemite family tree, Routledge spells the name as-Saleh, and many other sources prefer al-Saleh (as used here).


  1. ^ a b "Reigning Royal Families: Jordan". World Who's Who. Routledge. Retrieved 2016-09-28.
  2. ^ Johnson, Dirk (1986-06-07). "'Proud Parent' Hussein Addresses 45 Graduates". New York Times. Retrieved 2016-09-28.
  3. ^ "The Hashemite Royal Family". The Royal Hashemite Court. Retrieved 2016-09-28.
  4. ^ "Gulf Peace Campers Heading for Kuwait". Nonviolence Today (18): 5–6. 1990–91.
  5. ^ Weber, Thomas. "From Maude Royden's Peace Army to the Gulf Peace Team: An Assessment of Unarmed Interpositionary Peace Forces". Journal of Peace Research. 30 (1): 45–64. doi:10.1177/0022343393030001005.
  6. ^ Torriero, E.A. (1999-07-06). "Orphanage Fit For a King". Sun-Sentinel. Retrieved 2016-09-28.
  7. ^ "Human Rights". The Royal Hashemite Court. Retrieved 2016-09-28.
  8. ^ Mukhlis, Nadia (1997-12-04). "Monarch inspects renovations of Royal Palace donated to orphans, officially opens 'Dar Al Bir'". Jordan Times. Retrieved 2016-09-28.
  9. ^ "HRH Princess of Jordan Visits Miami Children's Hospital". South Florida Hospital News and Healthcare Report. 9 (10). 2013. Retrieved 2016-09-28.
  10. ^ Kirkman, Mary (2013). "Royal Jafaar Stud". Arabian Horse Times. 44 (3): 1–24.