The royal hopes her visit will strengthen ties between Australia and the UAE.

HRH Princess Haya bint Al Hussein has spoken of the need for governments to unite to address the world’s challenges following her official tour of Australia.

During her three-day visit, the royal learned about Australia’s aid programme in the Indo-Pacific region, and how the nation is supporting gender equality and women’s empowerment as part of its development programme.

On Thursday, HRH shared a snap of the iconic Sydney Opera House before jetting off – and revealing she narrowly missed a cyclone that was hitting Australia.

وداعا، أستراليا، وشكرا لكم! أود أن أشكر معالي وزير الخارجية، سمو الشيخ عبدالله بن زايد ال نهيان، ووزير الدولة للتعاون الدولي، معالي ريم الهاشمي، على توجيهاتهم ودعمهم لي خلال رحلتي. كما وأتقدم بالشكر لسفارة دولة الإمارات العربية المتحدة في أستراليا، برئاسة سفيرنا سعادة الدكتور عبيد الكتبي على دعمهم وحسن ضيافتهم . فسعادته، يقود فريق رائع من الموظفين من دولة الإمارات العربية المتحدة. أنا فخورة جدا بالعمل الذي يقومون به. خلال اللحظات الأخيرة من وداعي لأسماء اليماحي من سفارة دولة الإمارات العربية المتحدة، … قبل وصول إعصار ديبي إلى سيدني! Goodbye, Australia, and thank you! 🇦🇺 I would like to thank the UAE Minister of Foreign Affairs, HH Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed, and the Minister Of State for International Cooperation, HE Reem Al Hashimi, for their guidance and support in the lead up and throughout my trip. The UAE Embassy in Australia, led by our Ambassador HE Dr Obaid Al Ketbi, showed me and my team true hospitality and support. His Excellency, who is absolutely wonderful, leads a great team of staff who are all credit to the UAE. I am very proud of the work they do. Saying goodbye to Asma Al Yamahi from the UAE Embassy, minutes before we take off…just as Cyclone Debbie arrives in Sydney!

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“It was an incredible visit to Australia, and this trip taught me a great deal about the aid programme the Australian government has in place to respond to international crises and to help their neighbours in terms of education, health and reducing poverty,” Princess Haya said, according to the Emirates News Agency.

“As the world goes through a turbulent time, the scale and need for humanitarian aid is growing. Now more than ever, governments and the international community must unite to address the magnitude of the issues and find new and innovative ways to address crises across the globe.”

HRH, who is chairwoman of Dubai’s International Humanitarian City, participated in a roundtable at the Lowy Institute for International Policy in Sydney, discussing global humanitarian issues such as delivery of aid, the needs of conflict zones and those affected by famine.

The avid campaigner for children’s health also spent time visiting patients at the Centenary Hospital for Women and Children in Canberra and the Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne, and was full of praise for the facilities.

ليس من الصعب أن نرى السبب وراء تلقي مستشفى الأطفال الملكي في ملبورن إشادة دولية لبرامج الرعاية المبتكرة والمثالية التي يقدمها. وبيتر ماكدوغال هو من الرواد الذين يمكننا تعلم الكثير منهم، فهو يقود فريقاً رائعاً يجب أن يكون فخوراً بالإنجازات المتميزة التي يحققها، والتي حصدت الكثير من الجوائز المحلية والدولية. وكذلك فإن مبنى المستشفى قد شيّد وفقاً لأحدث المعايير في عالمنا المعاصر. حين يتم تشخيص إصابة الطفل بمرض خطير يهدد حياته، تتأثر حياة الأسرة بأكملها. وإن مجموعة الخدمات والدعم المهني والعاطفي الذي يقدمه مستشفى الأطفال الملكي تبعث الراحة في قلوب أفراد الأسرة وتمنحهم القوة للتعامل مع هذا المرض الذي أصاب طفلهم. It is not difficult to see why the Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne receives international acclaim for its innovative and exemplary care programs. Peter McDougall is a pioneer from whom we can all learn. He leads a wonderful team, all of whom should take great pride from their achievements, recognised with so many national and international awards.The Royal Children’s Hospital is a true state of the art facility built on the foundation of a centennial institution. When a child is diagnosed with a serious or life-threatening illness the whole family’s world is affected. The wide range of practical and emotional support services offered by the Royal Children’s Hospital is a real comfort to families coping with serious childhood illness. #RoyalChildrensHospital

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She also managed to stop by the FIFA World Cup 2018 qualifier between the UAE and Australia at the Sydney Football Stadium, after meeting members of the UAE team at training the previous day.

 
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“During my time in Australia I have met some incredibly dedicated people from whom we can learn a great deal, as well as some beautiful and brave children,” Princess Haya said of the tour.

“I have been touched by the warmth of the Australian welcome and hope that my visit will serve in a small and humble way to enhance the already strong ties between Australia and the UAE.”

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