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
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
3. She is the half-sister of King Abdullah II of Jordan
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
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
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
8. The Princess is into Guns N' Roses
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
As chairperson of Dubai Healthcare City Authority, she inaugurated Medcare Women & Children Hospital, which is a high-tech hospital devoted to women and children.