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September 23, 2008

Women of the World: Queen Rania

Queen Rania of Jordan

by Beata Loyfman

The energy level of the World Savers Congress has just jumped ten-fold. Why? Because we are in the presence of royalty. Her Majesty Queen Rania Al Abdullah of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan (what I would do for a title like that!) has just taken the stage to announce plans to develop nine new wildlife parks and sanctuaries throughout Jordan. "We want to transform Jordan from a place to visit, to a place to experience," said the queen.

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Together with her husband, King Abdullah II, the queen has dedicated herself to improving the lives of her people and dispelling stereotypes of the Arab world. With messages of understanding and communication on her You Tube channel, the queen is personally undoing years of tension between east and west.

Her Majesty invited everyone to visit her beautiful country, touting the hospitality and good will of her people. She quoted a famous Bedouin mantra: Every guest is a guest of God. She asked the travel community to "help me rebrand the place I call home." We're looking forward to it!

Further reading:
* 2008 World Savers Awards
* Make a Difference: Your online guide to responsible travel
* A Conversation with Queen Rania
* A Conversation with King Abdullah II



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