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The World’s Most Eligible Muslim Royals

July 10, 2012 12:34 PM by

Ever dreamt of having your very own royal wedding of the century? Dream no more. With tongue planted firmly in cheek, Sheena Baharudin unearths the finest Muslim royal bachelors and bachelorettes who might just turn your dreams into reality.

Last year was, without a doubt, the year of royal weddings. Perennial royal hottie Prince William ended his reign as one of the world’s most eligible royal bachelors when he married Catherine Middleton on the 29th of April. Monaco celebrated its own glitzy royal union when its beloved Prince Albert II tied the knot with South African Olympic swimmer Charlene Wittstock on the 2nd of July. Joining in on these countries’ collective euphoria, websites and newspapers rallied to publish their lists of eligible blueblood bachelors and bachelorettes for those who still dream of their very own royal fairytale romance.

It is, however, hard not to notice that the names featured in the lists are predominantly European. Thus, featuring some of the most gorgeous Muslim royals currently single and available out there, Aquila Style offers you our very own list of ‘Most Eligible Royalty: Muslim Version’ for your dreaming—we mean, reading—pleasure.

PRINCES

TENGKU AMIR SHAH

Selangor Sultanate, Malaysia
Age: 21 (born: Dec 1990)

Contribution to Society : 4/5
Education : 3/5
Looks : 3.5/5
Wealth : 3.5/5
ELIGIBILITY 70%

The only son and heir of Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah, Tengku Amir Shah is the crown prince of the state of Selangor in Malaysia. A graduate of Wellington College, this tall cutie may be relatively young compared with our other eligible royals, but he has already shown strong potential to be the country’s next People’s Prince. These days he is busy in his role as royal patron to various charitable organisations, including Selangor Cheshire Home and the Raja Muda of Selangor Foundation. Give him a few more years and you’ll surely find a strong base of admirers dreaming to be his royal bride.

Possible Caveat Also known as his ‘father’s best friend’, Tengku Amir Shah is the youngest and only son in the family. This could translate to a long and potentially daunting checklist set by the royal family that must be fulfilled by his potential suitor.

Win Him Over With Polished charm, affability and his parents’ royal seal of approval.

PRINCE HAJI ‘ABDUL ‘AZIM

Brunei Darussalam
Age: 29 (born: July 1982)

Contribution to Society : 3/5
Education : 4/5
Looks : 3.5/5
Wealth : 5/5
ELIGIBILITY 77.5%

A man of intense taste for the finer things in life, this recent graduate of Oxford Brookes University remains a regular media fixture in Brunei and an international paparazzi favourite. The reason behind this is simple enough: as the second son of the current Sultan of Brunei and the third in line to a throne that carries with it a wealth of $22 billion, the prince is known for his lavish parties and generous gifts for his female companions. Who could forget his private-jet-delivered US$5.4 million diamond necklace and ring gift to Mariah Carey? Or his star-studded 28th birthday party where famous glitterati such as the late Whitney Houston, Usher and Hilary Swank celebrated with him?

Possible Caveat Often seen gallivanting with supermodels and superstars, he is a true-blue party lover who does not seem likely to retire from the limelight any time soon.

Win Him Over With Dancing shoes, a solid collection of party anecdotes and a passport with plenty of blank pages for those spontaneous decisions to attend social events around the world.

TUNKU ISMAIL IDRIS BIN IBRAHIM ISMAIL

Johor Sultanate, Malaysia
Age: 27 (born: June 1984)

Contribution to Society : 4/5
Education : 4/5
Looks : 4.5/5
Wealth : 3.5/5
ELIGIBILITY 80%

An enigmatic crown prince, Tunku Ismail bin Ibrahim has more than a few admirers drawn to his rugged good looks. A brief controversy involving a brawl with another prince fails to mar his reputation as a decorous royal who is known to forge close relationships with his people. The eldest son of Sultan Ibrahim Ismail and Sultanah Zarith Sofiah Sultan Idris Shah, Tunku Ismail completed his secondary education at the prestigious Hale School in Western Australia. Inspired and motivated by his family traditions in the armed forces, this award-winning polo player promptly enrolled as a cadet officer at Indian Military Academy, a top military training school, in 2003. These days you’ll find him serving as an officer in the Indian Army.

Possible Caveat His ‘bad boy’ allure has proven to be a magnet for beautiful women wherever he goes. Added with the possibility of a long distance relationship, you might just find yourself unable to sleep at night.

Win Him Over With A deadly combination of exquisite polo skills, feminine charm and an unusual appreciation of military service will have him marching to you for good.

TUNKU ZAIN AL-ABIDIN MUHRIZ

Negri Sembilan Sultanate, Malaysia
Age: 29 (born: July 1982)

Contribution to Society : 5/5
Education : 5/5
Looks : 3.5/5
Wealth : 3.5/5
ELIGIBILITY 85%

Known simply as Abidin to many, this bookish prince has boy-next-door charms and he’s brainy as well. He received his education in the UK at Marlborough College before completing a master’s degree in comparative politics and imperial history from the London School of Economics and Political Science. He is currently the president and founder of his very own libertarian think-tank, the Institute for Democracy and Economic Affairs (IDEAS), which aims to solve problems of public policy using wisdom gleaned from the private sector. When he is not advocating positive changes in society, he also shares his thoughts on various issues in Abiding Times, his column for Malaysian newspaper theSun. He has penned two books, too – quite impressive for someone under 30, even if he is a royal.

Possible Caveat Intelligence has always been an attractive factor for any woman, but he might be a tad too opinionated on things.

Win Him Over With Quick wit, a healthy sense of humour and a love of reading (to keep up with all the current local and global issues) will keep the both of you very happy.

Most Eligible Prince Who Wasn’t: ‘PRINCE’ BADR JAFAR

United Arab Emirates
Age: 32 (born: Aug 1979)

Contribution to Society : 5/5
Education : 5/5
Looks : 5/5
Wealth : 4/5
ELIGIBILITY 95%

The dashing Prince Badr certainly has a lot to offer from his jewel-encrusted plate. A well-known social entrepreneur, he attended Eton College, graduated with a master’s degree in engineering from the University of Cambridge, followed by a master’s degree in fluid mechanics. The high-achiever also armed himself with a business degree from the University of Cambridge Judge Business School before assuming the role of president of the multi-billion dollar family business, the Crescent Petroleum group of companies. The prince also actively contributes back through social initiatives such as the Happy Hearts Fund (founded by his voluptuous model ex, Petra Němcová); The Middle East Theatre Academy (co-founded by actor Kevin Spacey); the Charter for Compassion; and, most recently, Tomorrow/Bokra, a music collaboration he spearheaded along with the legendary Quincy Jones.

Possible Caveat Prince Badr seems to have a penchant for leggy types, having also been with hot-headed supermodel Naomi Campbell

Actual Caveat To be frank: Prince Badr is not a prince – in case the title of this entry didn’t make it obvious enough (and who could blame you, with assets like that?). His inclusion on dozens of ‘hottest royals’ lists continues to perpetuate this falsehood. In fact, Badr Jafar lodged a complaint with the Press Complaints Commission against a certain major media company for intruding on his privacy and calling him a prince from Dubai—‘when in fact he is neither’. Check it out for yourself, here. Tsk, tsk.

Win Him Over With A super-confident personality that can handle all the attention he gets and a heart of gold are just the qualities that may coax him out of his swinging single lifestyle.

WINNER: SHEIKH HAMDAN BIN MOHAMMED BIN RASHID AL MAKTOUM

Dubai
Age: 29 (born: Nov 1982)

Contribution to Society : 5/5
Education : 4/5
Looks : 5/5
Wealth : 4.5/5
ELIGIBILITY 92.5%

More affectionately known as Fazza, which means ‘the courageous’ in Arabic, Prince Hamdan seems to offer all the ingredients needed for a successful prince charming recipe. The heir to a whopping fortune of $12 billion not only has classic, traditional good looks – he is also an accomplished individual. A graduate of the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, Prince Hamdan is a gold medallist equestrian who is passionate about horses and has a penchant for fast cars and skydiving. Not only that, the chairman of the Dubai Executive Council is also a well-known poet. His work is predominantly—cue sighs—romantic. All right, all right, here’s his poetry if you’re curious.

Possible Caveat Apart from his dreamy eyes that might leave you stuttering, the question that remains is: what caveat?

Win Him Over With Your extensive knowledge of equestrianism (an album of your favourite pet horse might help), a thirst for adrenaline rushes and an appreciation for poetry (especially his) might just be his definition of a match made in heaven.

PRINCESSES

PRINCESS IMAN BINT AL-HUSSEIN

Jordan
Age: 28 (born: April 1983)

Contribution to Society : 4/5
Education : 4.5/5
Looks : 4/5
Wealth : 3.5/5
ELIGIBILITY 80%

Coming from a family famous for its good genes, the daughter of Queen Noor and the late King Hussein of Jordan is, not surprisingly, drop-dead gorgeous. Despite maintaining a low profile compared with her royal contemporaries, Princess Iman’s mysterious appeal continues to grace many lists, including Forbes’s ‘20 Hottest Royals’ back in 2008. Sharing a cumulative wealth that reaches into the billions with the rest of Jordan’s ruling family, the princess revealed a strong personality when she served in her country’s military soon after completing her course at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst. Her studies continued at the American University, and she is now reportedly studying veterinary science.

Possible Caveat Her surprising ability to remain under the radar possibly means that your biggest challenge would be to find her. How exciting!

Win Her Over With Quiet confidence, a mysterious disposition and a genuine appreciation of the rich history of the Hashemite Kingdom might just strike this proud Jordanian’s fancy.

SHEIKHA MAITHA BINT MOHAMMED BIN RASHID AL MAKTOUM

Dubai
Age: 31 (born: March 1980)

Contribution to Society : 5/5
Education : 3.5/5
Looks : 3.5/5
Wealth : 5/5
ELIGIBILITY 85%

At 31 years of age, Sheikha Maitha is an unconventional princess. Despite having a father who not only rules Dubai but is also the CEO of Dubai Inc, this feisty royal will have been mastering karate for a full dozen years by the time she is due in London this summer to compete in the 2012 Olympic Games. At the Beijing Games in 2008, the princess became the first woman to represent the United Arab Emirates in the Olympics. When she is not fighting a match, Princess Sheikha Maitha spends her time working as her father’s special envoy as part of the Dubai Cares initiative, which seeks to raise funds for the education of one million poor children in developing countries.

Possible Caveat This princess has made the family proud on so many levels that winning her over is synonymous with winning the family over. This could possibly be your biggest challenge yet.

Win Her Over With An impressive list of achievements, a love for martial arts (especially karate) and creative ways to make her feel like a lady will certainly help you get her vote. Her father’s too.

WINNER: PRINCESS LALLA SOUKAINA

Morocco
Age: 25 (born: April 1986)

Contribution to Society : 4/5
Education : 4/5
Looks : 5/5
Wealth : 4.5/5
ELIGIBILITY 87.5%

Princess Lalla Soukaina is the quintessential North African beauty. Tall and ethereal, the niece of the reigning Moroccan King Mohammed VI has only recently established herself as one of the world’s most stylish royals. Her fab flair, however, does not come as a surprise considering that her mother is the super-chic Princess Lalla Meryam. Coming from a royal family whose fortunes are one of the largest in the world, Princess Lalla Soukaina is a woman of immaculate beauty and style, who is often seen at glittering events adorning the very best of Chanel, Dior and Prada. She was reported to be taking an internship with French television channel TF1 in Paris beginning early this year.

Possible Caveat Getting the attention of one of the world’s most stylish princesses requires patience, an advanced knowledge of the French language and being perfectly polished from head to toe. Did we mention perfectly polished?

Win Her Over With Romance, fluency in at least three languages, an impeccable style of your own and an appreciation for fashion aesthetics (or at least those that she favours) will have her smiling her divine smile from ear to ear

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