Image 1 of 9: Meet Sheikh Hamdan. The Crown Prince of Dubai is considered one of the world’s most eligible princes! A gold-medalist equestrian, he pens poems under the name “Fazza” and loves extreme sports. This 29-year-old favored son once cheated death during a Canadian skydiving festival when his parachute malfunctioned!
Image 1 of 9: Crown Prince Hussein (aged 19) is heir to the Jordan throne, the eldest child of King Abdullah II and Queen Rania. He put his passion for motorcycles on hold as he’s currently studying political science at Georgetown University. The 42nd-generation descendant of Muhammad (MPBOH) has ditched his eyeglasses for contacts - take a second look!
Image 1 of 9: Jordan’s Princess Iman bint Al Abdullah (age 17) is the second child of King Abdullah II & Queen Rania of Jordan. The royal debutante, recently come-of-age, has grown up in the public eye, and this year graduated from high school, The International Academy Amman. A keen athlete, and 'mini-me' of her stylish mom, we predict her a bright future.
Image 1 of 9: Dubai Sheika Maitha is a taekwondo pro who represented the UAE in the 2006 Asian Games (she won silver!). This elder daughter of Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum competed in the 2008 Summer Olympics in the 67 kg category for women’s taekwondo. That same year, she ranked 17th on Forbes Magazine’s list of the "20 Hottest Young Royals".
Image 1 of 9: Dubai Princess Maryam bint Mohammad bin Rashed Al Maktoum (age 23) has a Facebook page followed by over 100,000 fans & an active Twitter account! Like father, (the ruler of Dubai) like daughter, she loves her horses. Her FB faithful say she has “confidence you spot from miles away, is not afraid to experiment... yet so sweet and down to earth.”
Image 1 of 9: Princess Raiyah Bint Al Hussein (age 28) is the youngest daughter of King Hussein of Jordan and Queen Noor. Half-sister to Jordan’s King Abdullah II, she spent a year in Japan studying at Ritsumeikan University, and currently lives and works in Japan. Wonder what she thinks of the new Godzilla flick?
Image 1 of 9: 'Steamy' Shaikha means serious business! This lovely princess was once ranked by Forbes as one of the world’s 100 most powerful women and Time named her one of the 100 most influential people in the world. As a chairperson for the Doha Film Institute, it’s clear Shaikha has many passions.
Image 1 of 9: The 34-year-old Prince Tameem Bin Hamed Al Thani the Prince of Qatar may hotter in sports than in looks, but the British educated prince was voted "the best sport personality in the Arab world" by Al Ahram news in 2006 and also headed Doha’s 2020 bid for the Olympic Games. This sports fanatic is putting Qatar’s name on the worldwide stadium!
Image 1 of 9: Saudi Princess & fashionista philanthropist Ameera Al-Taweel (age 31) grew up in Riyadh with her divorced mother & grandparents. The then-18-year-old beauty interviewed Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal for a school paper - nine months later they wed! Divorced last year, she’s back in the market, traveling extensively to improve the image of Saudi women.
Be still our beating hearts! The recent report of the Dubai Crown Prince's engagement to a commoner (a “street girl”, no less!) turns out to be a hoax!
The original story, scooped by World News Daily Report, asserted that Hamdan bin Mohammed Al Maktoum, the handsome heir apparent to the Emirate of Dubai, was getting hitched to a Palestinian former street girl whom he met whilst at a charity event in a Dubai slum. A fairy-tale movie script if we ever heard one!
The Prince is uber- active on Twitter, but Tweets were non-existent on his betrothal. (Check out any of the dozens of video tributes posted by his YouTube fans over the years - many commenters spiralling into depression thinking that gorgeous Hamdan was “off the market"!).
It’s now emerged that the story - which went viral online via Arab news and social media - is a Disneylike fantasy fabricated by an anonymous writer. Readers apparently missed a disclaimer featured on the original posting that declared that the "satire web publication" offers "presumably fake news." (Live and learn, and ALWAYS read the fine print!)
So this particular Prince Charming remains on the shelf, which got us curious - who else is available amongst the Middle East’s royal bloodlines? Our sampling is tantalizingly tiny when compared to the large young broods in our royal clans. *
*Disclaimer - The jury is still out on their eligible bachelerhood status but perhaps worth investigating further, all the single ladies and gents!
Fiercely protected from prying paparazzi and shielded from public scrutiny (particularly the young princesses), these are truly some of the world’s Most Beautiful (and privileged!) People. Think you have the right stuff to catch one?