Daily Archives: Tuesday, 18 March, 2008

Arab Martial Arts Champion

Meet Maitha bint-Mohammed, Olympic athlete from the United Arab Emirates. She was just voted Best Female Arab Athlete of the Year for the second year in a row.

For some reason she doesn’t have her own Wikipedia entry, and is listed on her dad’s page. He’s the prime minister of the UAE. Apparently the whole family is big on charitable giving as well as athleticism. Cool.


Good luck to her.

This post is about an accomplished athlete, but here’s a bonus pretty-woman photo of Haya Bint al-Hussein*, the half-sister of King Abdullah of Jordan and now the wife of Maitha’s father, Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum.


I don’t want to encourage the wrong element here, but if you’re an aficionado of lovely women (Hi dad!), go ahead and do a search on Queen Rania of Jordan or Asma al-Assad (wife of Syrian president Bashar al-Assad).

And not particularly germane, but this funny blurb was on the Wikipedia page:

On 9 March 2007, the Metro (Associated Metro Limited) newspaper wrongly published a picture of Sheikh Mohammed attributing it to the terror suspect Khalid Shaikh Mohammed. The Metro has since apologised for the error.[11]

They illustrated an article about an accused terrorist with a photo of the prime minister of the UAE! Still, it seems less jarring than that article I saw that labeled a photo of Wesley Snipes as Sean Connery.

*By the way, Haya is also an Olympics athlete. Wikipedia says:

Princess Haya is an avid sportswoman. She participated in the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney Australia representing Jordan in show jumping, where she was also the flag bearer for the Jordanian delegation, and regularly takes part in equestrian events. She has been elected as president of the International Equestrian Federation for a standard four year term ending in 2010[1]. Princess Haya was also selected as a member of the international athletes commission at the International Olympic Committee.

Okay, now I can’t stop. Here’s Madiya bint Mohammed Bin Hasher Al Maktoum, one more royal, Arab, female athlete. Madiya is into endurance horse racing.



Filed under arab, arabian, arabist