5 Times Princess Haya Majorly Inspired Us

BY Harper's BAZAAR Arabia / May 3 2019 / 08:31 AM

In honour of HRH Princess Haya Bint Al Hussein's birthday today, we took a look at five ways the royal empowers, supports and educates those around her

5 Times Princess Haya Majorly Inspired Us

As a formidable Olympian...

If you didn't already know, Princess Haya is a highly accomplished athlete. She began horse-riding competitively on an international level at age 13, representing her native Jordan first at the Pan-Arab Games and earning the title of Jordan's Athlete of the Year in 1993. She went on to represent Jordan in showjumping at the 2000 Olympic Games held in Sydney, also becoming the country's flag-bearer. The same year, she became youngest person to win the International Golden Helm Award. In 2007, she was named a member of the International Olympic Committee and currently presides over International Jordanian Athletes Cultural Association, which provides support and a community to aspiring athletes. 

As a tireless humanitarian...

HRH has had several impressive titles bestowed upon her by the United Nations, including Goodwill Ambassador for the UN World Food Programme and a UN Messenger of Peace. She's also the founder of the first Arab NGO dedicated to eradicating regional famine, Tikyet Um Ali, was a founding member of the late Kofi Annan's Geneva-based Global Humanitarian Forum and currently chairs Dubai's International Humanitarian Centre - the world's largest logistics centre for the distribution of aid. She has also played a big role in the development of healthcare close to home, opening Dubai's first-ever dedicated children's hospital, Al Jalila Children’s Specialty Hospital

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إن منظومة العمل الإنساني محمولةٌ برمتها على أكتاف الأشخاص الطيبين ممن يكرسون حياتهم ويعرضون أنفسهم للخطر لجعل العالم مكاناً أفضل. وفي هذا #اليوم_العالمي_للعمل_الإنساني ، أشارككم بقصص بعض الأبطال من #المدينة_العالمية_للخدمات_الإنسانية في دبي. #أبطال_الإنسانية The whole humanitarian system is carried on the shoulders of good people on the ground who dedicate – and risk – their lives to make the world a better place. This #WorldHumanitarianDay I share with you stories from some of our #HumanitarianHeroes who are based #InternationalHumanitarianCity in Dubai. @IHC_UAE

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As a doting mother...

From her social media accounts, it's clear that HRH encourages in her children, Sheikha Jalila and Sheikh Zayed, a love of nature, falconry and water sports and cooking Middle Eastern food. She told Harper's BAZAAR Arabia in an interview that she ensures her children have a balance between using gadgets like iPads and iPhones and spending time outdoors or playing sports.

As a trailblazing Arab woman...

HRH Princess Haya has set records as a pioneer in sports; she was one of the first female athletes to represent Jordan on an international level. The first woman to represent the country in an international equestrian competition and the only woman to obtain a medal at the Pan-Arab Equestrian Games, her status as one of few professional Jordanian sportswomen never got in her way. 

She champions the role of women in healthcare, telling BAZAAR in an interview, "I think nurses are extraordinary and the amount of excellent, incredible female doctors that we have now around the world is also something to be extraordinarily proud of." She urges Arab women to be unashamed and overcome any reluctance when asking for medical help. Most recently, she is  lending her support to the 'Anything is possible' charity, set up in her father's name, that seeks to improve girls' education.

It's also worth nothing that she is the only woman to own a heavy vehicles driving license in Jordan.

As a revered style icon...

Wherever she is, be it a royal engagement, a UN conference or the Dubai World Cup, she never fails to deliver an elegant and super-polished look. A horse races regular, both in the UAE and in the UK, the mother-of-two is often spotted rocking a statement fascinator hat, looking equally regal in bright, bold tones as in muted pastel hues. You can count on HRH to school us all in fusing modernity with tradition and power-dressing with classic femininity to come up with an eye-catching ensemble. 

Kol sana wa enty tayeba, Princess Haya!

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