Queen Rania’s appeal on YouTube

Jordan’s Queen Rania has launched an appeal on YouTube calling on young people across the world to challenge stereotypes of Arabs and the Muslim world.

The queen, said in her statement: “In world where it’s so easy to connect to one another, we still remain very much disconnected. There’s a whole world of
wonder out there that we cannot appreciate with stereotypes.”

“I want people to know the real Arab world, to see it unedited, unscripted and unfiltered, to see the personal side of my region, to know the places and faces and rituals and culture that shape the part of the world I call home,” she said.
She is now receiving questions and queries from fellow YouTube users. She plans to start responding to them beginning August 12, which is International Youth Day.
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  • Formerly Rania Al-Yassin
  • Born on 31 August 1970 in Kuwait
  • Completed primary and secondary education in Kuwait
  • 1991 obtained Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the American University in Cairo
  • Early professional career in banking and information technology
  • Married His Majesty King Abdullah, then Prince, on 10 June 1993
  • Mother of four children; HRH Prince Hussein 28 June, 1994; HRH Princess Iman 27 September, 1996; HRH Princess Salma 26 September, 2000 and HRH Prince Hashem 30 January, 2005.
Upon her graduation from university, Queen Rania returned to Jordan and pursued a career in banking, followed by a brief career in the field of Information Technology. After her marriage to then Prince Abdullah, Queen Rania channeled her energies behind initiatives that aim to improve the livelihood of Jordanians from various sectors of society.

As First Lady, Queen Rania’s activities encompass issues of national concern, such as the environment, health, youth, and human rights, among others. She also has a special interest in several core issues: the development of income-generating projects and the advancement of best practices in the field of microfinance; the improvement of the quality of life of the family unit including the protection of children from violence and the promotion of Early Childhood Development; the incorporation of Information Technology into the educational system; and the promotion of tourism and the preservation of Jordan’s heritage.

The story behind the King Abdullah and Queen Rania’s Marriage. Faith had a role to play in the marriage of the Jordanian King Abdullah and His Queen Rania. The young Prince Abdullah had met her by chance at one of the larger banks in Amman where she worked; the bank was run by King Abdullah’s brother in law. Queen Rania’s first job was with computers in a Jordanian Company, but she decided to resign after they refused to appoint her as manager, a position she was promised when she first joined. She looked for another job and found one at the bank that changed her life! In that bank she met King Abdullah who was a Prince back then. Like his father's story with his mother Toni "Muna", Abdallah fell in love at first sight; Rania also fell in love deeply with him. '' At the time, she had been thinking of marrying someone else, but with the Prince it was an instant love match.'' according to a close friend.

In 1993 Prince Abdullah’s grandmother, Queen Zain Al Sharaf had asked to see the girl who would marry her grandson and was very impressed by her, saying, “You’re a diamond that will be added to the Hashemite Family”.

The new King Abdullah married Queen Rania that same year. And the following year they had a baby boy who was named after King Abdullah’s Father King Hussein, in 1996 they had a baby girl who was named after King Abdullah’s half sister Princess Iman, in 2000 they had a baby girl Princess Salma and in 2005 they had baby boy Prince Hashem.

"I am an Arab through and through, but I am also one who speaks the international language," she told "Newsweek International" writers Daniel Klaidman and Jeffrey Bartholet. "I feel I do represent a large segment of women in the Arab world . . . I share with them their hopes and aspirations and the challenges they face."

Queen Rania's full interview with Oprah, the show had shown on MBC4 on Wednesday, July 7th 2006, so for those interested, who either weren't able to see it or would like to see it again, it's all available here. It's about 19 minutes long.

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badri said...

thanx for posting such useful information. Let's see the Queen Rania's respond....

waliz said...

i always admire her..she is beautiful and intelligent..and she is lucky to be a queen..!

Portia said...

I love this entry and all your other entries.Very interesting!Queen Rania is both beauty and brain plus character.Long Live Queen Rania!She's admired by Muslims and Christians alike.

Nairobian Perspective said...

Its interesting to see that Queen Rania is taking bold steps to change perceptions about muslim women especially in this era of apathy and intolerance!

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