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Princess Haya bint Al Hussein : biography

3 May 1974 -

Princess Haya bint Al Hussein (born 3 May 1974) is the daughter of King Hussein of Jordan and his third wife, Queen Alia. Princess Haya is the junior wife of Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum. She is known as Her Royal Highness Princess Haya of Jordan (), a title derived from her father.

Positions, roles, and honorary titles

  • Chain of Hope, Honorary President
  • Dubai Healthcare City Authority', Chairperson
  • Global Humanitarian Forum', Founding member
  • Haya Cultural Centre, Chairperson
  • INDEMAJ, Chairperson
  • International Federation for Equestrian Sports, President
  • International Humanitarian City, Chairperson
  • International Jordanian Athletes Cultural Association, President
  • International Paralympic Committee, Member of the Honorary Board
  • Land Transport and Mechanical Union, Honorary President
  • Princess Haya Biotechnology Center, Honorary President
  • Princess Haya Cultural & Islamic Centre, Honorary President
  • Tkiyet Um Ali, Chairperson
  • Traditional Islamic Book Art Academy, President
  • UAE Nursing and Midwifery Council, Chairperson
  • United Nations, Messenger of Peace

Awards and recognition

  • Al Saaoon Fi Al Kheir Award (2009). Honours GCC women leaders for their volunteer and community work.
  • Grand Cordon of Al Nahda (Order of the Renaissance) (2006) by King Abdullah II in recognition of Her notable humanitarian profile and for Her distinguished role in efforts to alleviate hunger and poverty on global and regional levels
  • the International Golden Helm Award from the International Association of Golden Helmsmen of Tourism in recognition for setting up a tourism campaign at the request of King Hussein during her equestrian training in Germany between 1997 and 1999. The campaign resulted in a rise in the numbers of German and German-speaking tourists to Jordan from two per cent to 12.5 per cent in a two-year period (2000).
  • Equestrian Personality of the Year (1996) from Spanish Equestrian Federation.
  • First and only woman in Jordan (to date) to hold a heavy goods and articulated vehicle licence.
  • She is the only a member of the Jordanian Royal family to be member of a trade union
  • Nominated ‘Athlete of the Year’ by Arab BBC Radio after winning numerous national and international events in the Middle East and Asia (1994).
  • Voted ‘Athlete of the Year’ by the Jordanian Public (1993).
  • Twice decorated by HM the Late King Hussein for excellence in international equestrian sport (1988 and 1992).
  • Five time winner of Jordanian National Show Jumping Championships (1986, 1987, 1989, 1990 and 1992).
  • Nominated by the International Femmes Mythique Association as one a ‘Legendary Women’


Princess Haya participated in the 2002 FEI World Equestrian Games in Jerez de la Frontera, Spain and the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney, Australia representing Jordan in show jumping, where she was also her country’s flag bearer. Additionally she is the Individual bronze medallist of show jumping in the 1992 Pan Arab Games in Damascus, Syria.

Princess Haya was elected president of the International Equestrian Federation (FEI) in 2006 for an initial four-year term in the FEI's first contested presidential race. She made history a second time in 2010, when dissatisfaction with her record led to her becoming the first sitting FEI president to be challenged in a re-election bid. She succeeded, however, in refuting the criticisms and in winning a second and final four-year term receiving an overwhelming mandate of 75 percent of the vote, soundly defeating her most vocal critics.

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.

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