Princess Haya- President, FEI
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.
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.
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.