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