Birthday: August 31, 1970
Age: 49 Years, 49 Year Old Females
Sun Sign: Virgo
Also Known As: Her Majesty Queen Rania, Rania Al-Yassin, Rania Al Abdullah
Born in: Kuwait City
Famous as: Queen consort of Jordan.
Height: 1.67 m
Spouse/Ex-: Abdullah II of Jordan
father: Faisal Sedki Al-Yassin
mother: Ilham Yassin
children: Crown Prince of Jordan, Hussein bin Al Abdullah, Prince Hashem bin Al-Abdullah, Princess Iman bint Abdullah, Princess Salma bint Abdullah
Notable Alumni: American University In Cairo
City: Kuwait City, Kuwait
Founder/Co-Founder: Jordan River Foundation
education: 1995 - HEC University of Geneva, 1991 - American University in Cairo, New English School
Queen Rania of Jordan, also known as Rania Al Abdullah, is the Queen consort of Jordon. She is a strong progressive female voice in the Arab world and a powerful advocate for education, health and women's rights. Using her position as the queen of Jordan, she advocates for many social causes, including the rights of women and children, public health, environmental concerns, and the development of strong Jordanian communities. Since her marriage, she has founded a variety of charities to campaign for various sectors of society in Jordan and beyond. She has also been particularly vocal about the importance of cross cultural dialogue to nurture greater understanding, tolerance and acceptance across the world. She makes effective use of social networking sites in order to promote intercultural dialogue by calling on young people around the world to engage in a global dialogue to dismantle stereotypes of Muslims and the Arab world. She is a leading humanitarian and is working towards the establishment of new reforms for education and public health. A profound supporter of cross cultural talks, an insightful promoter of women rights, she continues to serve as a source of motivation for social change and world peace.
Childhood & Early Life
She was born as Rania Al Yassin, on August 31, 1970 in Kuwait, to Faisal Sedki Al Yassin, a physician from Tulkarm and his wife, Ilham Yassin. Her parents were of Palestinian descent and she was raised along with her two siblings, Dina and Magdi, in Tulkarm.
She received her early education from the New English School in Jabriya, Kuwait City. Later she got enrolled at the American University in Cairo and earned a graduate degree in Business Administration in 1991.
In 1991, during the first Gulf War, her family fled from Kuwait along with thousands of other Palestinian families. The family resettled in Jordan, where she joined them after completing her university studies.
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In Jordan, she started her career in the fields of banking and information technology. She worked briefly in marketing for Citibank, followed by another marketing job with Apple Corporations in Amman.
In 1999, she was proclaimed the ‘Queen consort’ of Jordon after her husband became the King of Jordan. Since then she has used her position for the betterment of the people and served as a powerful advocate for various causes such as women rights, reforms in education and public health, and youth empowerment across the globe.
In 2003, she initiated the ‘Al-Aman Fund for the Future of Orphans’.
In 2007, she was named UNICEF's first Eminent Advocate for Children. The following year, she launched “Madrasati” (“My School”), a public-private initiative aimed at refurbishing 500 of Jordan’s public schools over a five-year period
For a greater understanding between cultures, she conducted campaigns in high profile forums such as the ‘Jeddah Economic Forum’, ‘The Kennedy School of Government’ at Harvard University, and ‘The Skoll Foundation’ in the UK.
In 2008, she created her own YouTube channel aimed at engaging Western viewers in a discussion about their perceptions of the Arab world. She also uses other social networking sites such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to initiate cross-cultural dialogues.
In 2009, she became Honorary Global Chair of the United Nations Girls’ Education Initiative (UNGEI). Same year, she co-founded and led the launch of the ‘1GOAL: Education for All’ campaign.
She also serves on the Board of Directors of several international organizations such as the ‘Foundation for International Community Assistance (FINCA)’, ‘Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunizations Fund’, and ‘Young Global Leaders’.
Awards & Achievements
In 1999, she was decorated as Member 1st Class of the ‘Order of al-Khalifa’ of Bahrain. The same year, she was also awarded the Dame Grand Cordon of the ‘Order of the Precious Crown’ of Japan.
In 2002, she was honored with the Dame Grand Cross Special Class of the ‘Order of Merit of the Federal Republic’ of Germany.
In 2009, she was awarded the ‘North-South Prize’ from the Council of Europe for her work in reaching out across cultures. She also received the ‘PeaceMaker Award’ for her work in cross-cultural peace dialogue.
In 2009, she was presented the Dame Grand Cross of the ‘Order of Merit of the Italian Republic’ and Dame Grand Cross of the ‘Order of Saint James of the Sword’.
She was also awarded the ‘FIFA Presidential Award’ for her commitment shown to the 1GOAL, an ‘Education for All’ initiative, in 2009.
In 2011, she was ranked as the most beautiful consort (or first lady) in the world by ‘Harpers and Queen’ magazine.
Personal Life & Legacy
In January 1993, she went to a dinner party thrown by the sister of Prince Abdullah of Jordan, where she and the prince fell in love almost instantly. They married on June 10, 1993, less than six months after their first encounter.
The couple is blessed with four children; two sons, Prince Hussein and Prince Hashem, and two daughters, Princess Iman and Princess Salma. Their eldest son, Crown Prince Hussein, is the heir apparent to the throne of the Kingdom of Jordan.