First Arab Woman Olympic Flag Bearer, Olympic Equestrian Athlete, and Philanthropist
Hijri 1393–Present (AH); Common Era 1974–Present (CE)
In 2000, Princess Haya competed in the Olympic Games in Sydney; she was the first Arab woman to be an Olympic flag bearer, representing the Jordanian delegation. She also qualified for the Olympic Games in Athens, and she was the first woman to win a Pan-Arab medal in equestrian sport. In 2006, she was elected President of the International Equestrian Federation – the first Arab to occupy this position – and is currently also a member of the International Athletes Commission at the International Olympic Committee. Princess Haya tirelessly promotes a variety of social justice issues, from health to children’s welfare. She founded Tikyet Um Ali, an NGO strives to battle hunger within the Arab world. In July 2007, she was selected to be a Messenger of Peace with the United Nation, and until 2007 she was an ambassador with the World Food Programme (WFP). She established an educational foundation that supports promising young Jordanian and Emirati women to pursue their dreams. Princess Haya is also the founder of The International Jordanian Athletes Cultural Association, which promotes Jordanian athletes. She is the daughter of King Hussein I of Jordan and Queen Alia al Hussein. She is married to Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum of the United Arab Emirates.