Queen Rania of Jordan
Queen Rania of Jordan (Arabic: انيا العبد الله; born Rania al-Yassin and sometimes called Rania al-Abdullah; born on 31 August 1970 in Kuwait City, Kuwait) is the Queen consort of Jordan. After she married Abdullah II of Jordan, she became known for her work in education, health, community empowerment and micro-finance. She also uses social media often (Facebook, Twitter and YouTube). She has two daughters and two sons. She has been given many awards by governments.
Queen Rania during a visit in May 2018
|Queen consort of Jordan|
|Tenure||7 February 1999–present|
|Proclamation||22 March 1999|
31 August 1970
Kuwait City, Kuwait
Abdullah II of Jordan (m. 1993)
|Issue||Crown Prince Hussein |
|Father||Faisal Sedki Al-Yassin|
Rania al-Yassin was born in Kuwait to Palestinian parents. She went to the New English School in Jabriya, Kuwait. She got a degree in business administration at the American University in Cairo. Before graduating from the American University, she worked with Citibank and Apple, Inc..
Work in JordanEdit
Education and healthEdit
Queen Rania of Jordan has launched and fought for many initiatives in education and learning.
Queen Rania is the chairperson of Jordan's first children's museum. It was opened in May of 2007. It encourages lifelong learning for children and their families. In 2007, Queen Rania began a program to renovate 500 of Jordan's schools in a period of five years. Queen Rania is also chairperson of the Royal Health Awareness Society (RHAS)..
Queen Rania created the Jordan River Foundation in 1995. This foundation works to empower society, especially women and children, to improve the quality of life and make a better future for all Jordanians. She also created the Jordan River Children Program (JRCP). This program wants to place children’s well-being above politics and cultural taboos. After two children were killed in Jordan because of child abuse, Queen Rania called for an emergency meeting to discuss where the system was failing.
On 30 March 2008, Queen Rania launched her own YouTube channel. It was originally to invite viewers to give their opinions on the Middle East and talk about the stereotypes they may have of Arabs and Muslims.
- "Profile: Jordan's Queen Rania", BBC 7 November 2001.
- Queen Rania Award for Excellence in Education.
- Queen launches award to honor school principals, 15 April 2009.
- King, Queen join Jordanian children at opening of children's museum, Jordan Times, 23 May 2007.
- "Childrens' Museum of Jordan". Cmj. Retrieved 20 June 2010.
- "Madrasati.jo". Madrasati. Retrieved 20 June 2010.
- Queen Rania chairs first meeting of Royal Health Awareness Society, 7 September 2005.
- "Royal Health Awareness Society". RHAS. Retrieved 20 June 2010.
- Interview with Il Messaggero, 13 May 2008.
- Queen calls emergency meeting to discuss child abuse cases, Jordan Times, 24 July 2009
- Queen Rania Launched YouTube Channel, USA Today, 31 March 2008.