Her Majesty Queen Rania Al Abdullah
“...I believe the education is the key to unlocking all the doors in your mind.
I believe in your right to transform your tomorrow from a dream into a reality.
I believe in your right to an education, opportunity and a life of dignity.
I believe we are all born equal, because we are all born with the gift of thought.“ - Her Majesty Queen Rania Al Abdullah
Queen Rania 's Life, Family and Education
Rania al Yassin was born on August 31, 1970, in Kuweit City to Palestinian parents. Rania's father was a pediatrician at a Kuwait Children's hospital. He and his wife settled in Kuwait in the early 1960s and become parents to three children: Dina, Rania and Magdi.
She attended school at New English School in Jabriya, Kuwait, then received a degree in Business Administration from the American University in Cairo.
In 1991 she moved to Amman, where her parents had settled after fleeing Kuwait along with hundreds of thousands of other Palestinians following the 1991 Gulf War. She worked briefly in marketing for Citibank, then for Apple Computers in Amman.
In January 1993, Rania met her future husband at a dinner party hosted by Prince Abdullah’s sister. They married 5 months later, on June, 1993 and they have four children: "Prince Hussein bin Al Abdullah">Crown Prince Hussein (born 28 June 1994), Princess Iman (born 27 September 1996), Princess Salma (born 26 September 2000) andPrince Hashem (born 30 January 2005).
Although Abdullah II was the late King Hussein's eldest son, his father changed the line of succession in favour of Abdullah's uncle when the boy was just three years old. On his deathbed in 1999, however, King Hussein unexpectedly named his son his successor.
Rania’s husband ascended on 7 February 1999, and proclaimed her Queen on 22 March 1999 thus becoming the youngest queen in the world. Without proclamation she would have been a princess consort, like her mother-in-law, Princess Muna al-Hussein
Queen Rania – the third most beautiful woman in the world
Along with Princess Lalla Salma of Morocco, Queen Rania is also known for her beauty and taste for fashion.
She was ranked as the third most beautiful woman in the world by Harpers and Queen Magazine in 2005.
These two strong women seem to have many things in common, beside beauty and style, they both involve in the development of the society and promote many projects regarding education and health.
Queen Rania 's Projects and Activities
Queen Rania is a very active figure on the world scene. Her projects and activities don’t concern only Jordan but also other countries and she advocates for global education by appealing the world leaders to involve and accomplish their duties.
Regionally and internationally, Queen Rania has campaigned for a greater understanding between cultures in such high profile forums as the Jeddah Economic Forum, the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, and the Skoll Foundation in the UK.
Over the past few years, Queen Rania has launched, championed, and given patronage to several initiatives in education and learning. Her concerns include improving the quality of Jordanian family life, promoting quality, access and innovation in education, championing cross-cultural and inter-faith dialogue, tackling issues affecting youth.
Beside education, Queen Rania is an outspoken supporter of Women’s Rights, and has worked with the Arab Women’s Summit.
She has supported health and family issues through the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization, the National Team for Family Safety, the National Team for Early Development, the Dar Al Aman Child Safety Center (center for abused and neglected children, the first of its kind in the Middle East), UN Children’s Fund (she was named the first Eminent Advocate for Children) and the International Osteoporosis Foundation.
Queen Rania is also Chairperson of the Royal Health Awareness Society(RHAS).
Queen Rania ‘s business knowledge has helped people through the World Economic Forum, for which she is a Foundation Board member, the Forum of Young Global Leaders, the World Economic Forum, the International Youth Foundation, and the Queen Rania Center for Entrepreneurship.
Queen Rania's Foundations, Programs, Awards
The activity of Queen Rania in the process of regional and global development is so vast that I couldn’t publish all in this page. Here is just a very small part of all what she does for accomplishing her mission in this world.
In 1995, Queen Rania established Jordan River Foundation (JRF) for bringing relief, security and opportunity to disadvantaged Jordanians families and to provide them with skills and knowledge to raise their income, and with it their self-esteem and self-confidence. JRF believes in a sustainable, holistic approach, investing in communities, focusing on the needs of whole villages, and inspiring locals to take on the mantel of civil society themselves and work towards their own development.
The Jordan River Children Program (JRCP) was developed by Queen Rania to place children’s welfare above political agendas and cultural taboos. This led to the launch, in 1998, of JRF’s Child Safety Program, which addresses the immediate needs of children at risk from abuse and initiated a long-term campaign to increase public awareness about violence against children.
Queen Rania supports Junior Achievement Worldwide, which was established by Save the Children in 1999 and launched as a Jordanian non-profit organization by the Queen in 2001.
She initiated the Al-Aman Fund for the Future of Orphans in 2003, and has partnered with international universities providing scholarships for Jordanian students abroad.
In July 2005, in partnership with the Ministry of Education, the King and Queen launched an annual teachers’ award, the Queen Rania Award for Excellence in Education.
Queen Rania is Chairperson of Jordan's first interactive children's museum. Opened in May 2007, it aims to encourage and nurture lifelong learning for children and their families.
In April 2008 the Queen Rania launched “Madrasati” (“My School”), a public-private initiative aimed at refurbishing 500 of Jordan’s public schools over a five-year period.
Queen Rania is Regional Ambassador of INJAZ Arabia, and has taught classes, and engaged in dialogue with young people in other countries; she also launched INJAZ’s presence elsewhere in the Arab world.