Princess Haya bint Al Hussein is the daughter of late King Hussein of Jordan (1935-1999) and wife of Dubai ruler Sheikh Mohammad bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE.

Although her royal blood and marriage status stretch from the Levant to the Gulf, she is a multifaceted princess to say the least. 

With her efforts to promote a safer, healthier, and better educated Middle East, the working mother of two is a symbol of female empowerment. 

Here are a few interesting facts about the modern-day princess:

1. She is an Oxford graduate

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Princess Haya's humanitarian work gains international attention as she is awarded with the Giglio d’Oro Award Source: Snackable News

She obtained a BA MA honours degree from St. Hilda's College, Oxford University, in politics, philosophy, and economics.

2. She is the only Jordanian woman to hold a license to drive heavy trucks

Princess Haya remains the first and only woman in Jordan to hold a heavy and articulated vehicles license, and as such was named Honorary President of the Land Transport and Mechanical Union by Jordan's Taxi and Truck Drivers. She is the only member of th
Princess Haya WFP truck Source:

3. She is the half-sister of King Abdullah II of Jordan

Princess Haya and her half-brother King Abdullah II of Jordan
Princess Haya and her half-brother King Abdullah II of Jordan Source: The Royal Watcher

4. She is the first Arab and first woman to become a Goodwill Ambassador to the United Nations World Food Programme

She leading a battle against hunger, starting in her own country, Jordan. 

She's also "supported UN operations in Pakistan, Afghanistan, Gaza and sub-Saharan Africa through numerous field visits, fundraising and publicity."

5. In 2007, former UN Secretary Ban Ki-moon appointed Princess Haya as a UN Messenger of Peace

Princess Haya bint Al-Hussein of Jordan visiting the UN Headquarters in New York, USA on March 30, 2016
Princess Haya at UN Headquarters Source:

UN Messengers of Peace is a carefully selected group of individuals who are bestowed with the duty to represent the UN's work on an international scale as global citizens. 

6. She founded the first food assistance NGO in the Middle East

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Tikyet Um Ali, Princess Haya's food assistance NGO Source: Tikyet Um Ali

Tikyet Um Ali, which was created in honor of Princess Haya's late mother, Queen Alia of Jordan, aims to provide food assistance in every province in Jordan.  

7. At age 13, she was the first female to represent Jordan internationally in equestrian show jumping

Princess Haya at the San Patrignano equestrian event in Italy. Princess Haya has represented her country as an international athlete since age 13.
Princess Haya at the San Patrignano equestrian event in Italy. Source:

8. The Princess is into Guns N' Roses

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Princess Haya Source: pinterest

According to Tatler Magazine, Princess Haya enjoys her share of rock n' roll.

9. Princess Haya inaugurated a hospital that is 90% staffed by women

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Princess Haya inaugurates Medcare Women & Children Hospital Source: Emirates 24/7

As chairperson of Dubai Healthcare City Authority, she inaugurated Medcare Women & Children Hospital, which is a high-tech hospital devoted to women and children. 

10. She is a fashion icon

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Princess Haya in Dior couture for the 2012 Royal Ascot event Source: Order of Splendor