She's a known humanitarian and now, for her continued and unrelenting efforts to eradicate world poverty and hunger, Princess Haya Bint Al Hussein, wife of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, was awarded the prestigious 2015 Giglio d'Oro Award in a ceremony held in Florence, Italy on Friday (November 6, 2015).
In her acceptance speech, former World Food Programme (WFP) Ambassador Against Hunger and current chairwoman of the International Humanitarian City in Dubai paid tribute to Sheikh Mohammed, saying, "The recipient should have been my husband... without his loving support and generosity, I would not have been able to do nearly so much."
Princess Haya went on to highlight the UAE's contributions on a global scale. "Few people know this, but the UAE has moved into the number one position among the world's donors, giving 1.2 per cent of Gross National Income every year to foreign aid in more than 100 countries - nearly Dhs18.3 billion from a country of only 8 million people."
The Giglio d'Oro is awarded annually by Italy-based Galileo 2000 Foundation to individuals who make significant contributions to peace, music and art.