Her Royal Highness: The Arab Worldâ€™s most magnificent female royals
The Arab world’s female royals have been shaping a new future for their roles, and are having a little royal fun on the way. Queens, princesses, sheikhas, and lallas, here are Arabia’s all-time 12 most magnificent:
Princess Lalla Salma arrives at the Dutch Royal Family's Dinner in 2013
Information services engineer and wife of King Mohamed VI of Morocco, Princess Lalla Salma is a social activist and a beauty icon. Though she keeps a relatively low profile, she is one of the first Moroccan royal females to have a public image, using it to benefit society in areas like cancer and HIV/AIDS.
Qatar’s humanitarian and Vanity Fair’s Best Dressed: Sheikha Mozah at the 5th Global Forum in Vienna
The mother of the current emir of Qatar is heavily involved in social welfare and philanthropy. When she isn’t bettering futures, Sheikha Mozah never ceases to amaze the world by tailoring designers’ work like Givenchy and Valentino to her own royal taste.
Royal attendance: Princess Haya bint Hussein at England’s Royal Ascot horse race in June 2012
The Jordanian princess is an Oxford University graduate who got married to Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Ruler of Dubai, in 2004. She is also a sports enthusiast, and the former president of the International Federation for Equestrian Sports (FEI).
Royal Agenda: Queen Rania at the World Economic Forum in 2003
One of the more known royals of the region, Queen Rania is an activist by all means in numerous areas such as education, youth empowerment, and microfinance. She also happens to be a major style icon!
Regal Beauty: Princess Lalla Soukaina in traditional style at her wedding to Mohammed El Mehdi Regragui in June 2014
Princess Lalla Soukaina is the granddaughter of the late King Hassan II of Morocco, as well as a living ode to Moroccan beauty. The current Moroccan king’s niece welcomed twins to the world last month in Paris.
Princess Iman bint Hussein at at her religious wedding ceremony in Jordan.
Princess Iman is a graduate of the Fay School in Massachusetts, Maret School in Washington DC, the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, and American University’s veterinary medicine degree. The daughter of King Hussein and Queen Noor of Jordan took some time off in March 2013 to get married in her native Amman.
West royally meets East: Queen Noor of Jordan during her reign
Of Syrian, British, and Swedish descent, Queen Noor (born Lisa Halaby) was a graduate of Princeton University’s first coed class and a renowned architect before meeting King Hussein of Jordan. Initially unwelcomed by the Jordanians due to her distance from their culture, she excelled at winning their loyalty and trust. During her time as Queen of Jordan, and after her husband’s death in 1999, Queen Noor achieved developmental agendas both in Jordan and globally, including anti-nuclear weapons proliferation, refugee support, fight against poverty, and community advancement.
Sheikha Al Mayassa: art royalty
The current emir of Qatar’s sister is a notable art collector and on the lists of world’s most influential people by Time and Forbes. Sheikha Al Mayassa is the Chairperson of the Qatar Museum Board of Trustees, as well as an advocate for humanitarian and women empowerment matters.
Princess Sumaya of Jordan: using royatly to make real impact
Passionate for art history, the Jordanian princess graduated from University of London’s Courtauld Institute of Art. A mother of four, she is a strong activist in science, entrepreneurship, education, and innovation.
Big royal shoes to fill: Princess Iman at an event in Joran
Daughter of King Abdallah II and Queen Rania of Jordan, the 19-year-old has already made her appearances at a royal wedding and state events. A superb athlete, Princess Iman is currently enrolled at Georgetown University.