Ed­i­tor in Chief talks to Princess Haya about her ef­forts to help those in need

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Warm, cour­te­ous and down to earth, HH Princess Haya bint Hus­sein speaks from the heart when it comes to help­ing the poor­est and most des­ti­tute.

She has wit­nessed first-hand how in need so many peo­ple are, not least Haitians, who saw their al­ready un­der­de­vel­oped coun­try dev­as­tated re­cently by Hur­ri­cane Matthew.

She flew with Dhs1.3 mil­lion worth of emer­gency sup­plies to the coun­try last month.

Princess Haya spoke pas­sion­ately about her com­mit­ment to hu­man­i­tar­ian causes when she met with 7DAYS and other me­dia out­lets in Dubai last week. The hur­ri­cane in the Amer­i­cas killed at least 1,000 peo­ple and left about 300,000 res­i­dents liv­ing in tem­po­rary shel­ters af­ter their homes were de­stroyed by Hur­ri­cane Matthew.

They were the ben­e­fi­cia­ries of the aid that in­cluded wa­ter pu­rifi­ca­tion units, mosquito nets, med­i­cal sup­plies and tents.

“It was so dev­as­tat­ing,” said Princess Haya. “Lives had been erased, but I am happy we were able to pro­vide sup­port to the peo­ple af­fected by the tragedy.

“It’s all about what such a coun­try needs, but to an ex­tent, it is also about what is given.

“It is im­por­tant that there are still some good peo­ple among us who are or­gan­is­ing aid re­lief to oth­ers around the world who also need our help.”

Ded­i­ca­tion to hu­man­i­tar­ian causes runs deep, par­tic­u­larly within her hus­band, HH Sheikh Mo­hammed bin Rashid Al Mak­toum, UAE Vice Pres­i­dent and Prime Min­is­ter and Ruler of Dubai, and her late fa­ther, King Hus­sein of Jor­dan.

“HH Sheikh Mo­hammed has al­ways put me at the fore­front of ev­ery­thing and his sup­port for me in the hu­man­i­tar­ian work goes be­yond bor­ders,” said Princess Haya, who is also UN Mes­sen­ger of Peace.

“Sheikh Mo­hammed has been so in­stru­men­tal in the hu­man­i­tar­ian work and his great love for char­ity and sup­port for peo­ple in crises is undis­putable.”

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