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Princess Haya- President, FEI

Updated on April 3, 2013

Federation Equestrian International (FEI)

Princess Haya is an avid sportsman. She participated in the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sidney, Australia representing Jordan in Show-Jumping, where she was also the flag bearer for the Jordanian delegation, and regularly takes part in equestrian events. She also has been elected president of the Federation Equestrian International for a standard four-year term ending in 2010.

Princess Haya has engaged in a range of humanitarian activities and founded Tikyet Um Ali, the first Arab NGO dedicated to overcoming hunger in her native Jordan, and now chairs Dubai International Humanitarian City. She was appointed a UN Messenger of Peace in July 2007 by Secretary General Ban-Kay Moon and earlier was the first woman and first Arab to serve as an ambassador for the World Food Programme (2005-07). She is a founding member of former Secretary General Kofi Annan's Global Humanitarian Forum based in Geneva and serves on the boards of several non-profit organizations.

Her Highness

Personal and Athletic Dossier

On April 10 2004 Princess Haya married HH Sheik Muhammad Bin Rashid Al Marktoum, the ruler of Dubai. On December 2, 2007 in Dubai, Princess Haya gave birth to her first child, HH Sheika Al Jalila bint Mohammmad Bin Rashid. The baby's birth coincides with the United Emirates 36th celebration of National Day.

Esquestrian Awards

Princess Haya won an individual Bronze Medal in the Pam Arab Equestrian Games in 1992, and is the only female equestrian to ever win a Pam Arab Medal in Equestrian to date. Her Highness officially opened the World Equestrian Games last Saturday, September 25, 2010.

World Equestrian Games

This will be the first time that the games are held on American soil. As the horse capital of the world, Kentucky is the ideal location for this premiere equestrian competition for dressage, endurance, eventing, show jumping, driving, para-dressage, vaulting, and reining. The rolling bluegrass of the Kentucky Horse Park will provide a picturesque backdrop to this international competition.

It is no surprise that Kentucky with its strong equestrian culture, was chosen as the host of WEG 2010.

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Princess Haya, FEI President and Pan Am Medalist

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      Ronald Tucker 5 years ago from Louisville, Kentucky

      @Jillynn: Jillynn, thank you for liking and commenting...appreciate it! Have great week

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      Jillynn 5 years ago

      New information to me. Thank you for this informative portrayal of Princess Haya and recognizing her contributions to the world..

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      Ronald Tucker 5 years ago from Louisville, Kentucky

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      Mary Norton 6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I often wonder how it is to work in this industry. I hired models before to show the clothes I design but sad to say, I abandoned that interest.

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      Ronald Tucker 6 years ago from Louisville, Kentucky

      @anonymous: SereneSea, not only is Princess Haya a fine equine athlete, she is also an United Nations Ambassador for the World Food Programme and her humantarian efforts has been applauded by the UN General Assembly.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Princess Haya seems to be an overall All rounder sportswoman excelling in many sports - very impressive.

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      Ronald Tucker 6 years ago from Louisville, Kentucky

      @Lady Lorelei: Hi Ladymermaid, thanks for the seo tips and checking out my lens...I just wrote a squidcast about the Princess. Have a great week.

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      Lorelei Cohen 6 years ago from Canada

      I had never heard of Princess Haya before....thank you so for enlightening me. Great lens just be sure to change your generic module titles to match the theme of your article ie: NEW GUESTBOOK and AMAZON. This will make your article more search engine and people friendly. Best of wishes.

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      Ronald Tucker 6 years ago from Louisville, Kentucky

      @delia-delia: That would have been a wonderful opportunity to showcase your work to an international audience...so times it is just as rewarding, being nominated or invited.

      Princess-Yaya's work with the United Nations is something that she is very passionate about. Thanks for your comments.

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      Delia 6 years ago

      One of my biggest regrets was not entering my invitation to the Dubai Art show on time, some friends got accepted and they where flown to Dubai for the show...all things are meant to be, right?

      I admire Princess Haya for her humanitarian activities...