Jordan’s royal couple are on a two day visit to the tiny Persian Gulf state of Qatar. The visit is meant to strength bilateral ties and “boosting brotherly ties.”
King Abdullah and Queen Rania were invited, and greeted by, Emir Sheikh Hamad Bin Khalifah Al Thani and his wife Sheikha Mozha in the capital of Doha. They were then escorted to the Emir’s Wajba Palace for talks.
Meanwhile, back in Amman, Abdullah’s brother, Faisal, was sworn in as regent while the King is away.
Jordanian Prime Minister Nader Dahabi visited Qatar on November 8 during which he met with the Qatari emir, prime minister and foreign minister.
The prime minister stressed the government’s keenness to implement the King’s directives to advance Jordanian-Qatari ties and boost cooperation for the interest of both countries.
This was displayed when the King and the Emir signed protocol to the agreement of regulating recruitment of Jordanian manpower between Qatar and Jordan as well as a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on mutual recognition of certificates, in accordance with international conventions for the training and qualifications levels.
While all this was taking place, Queen Rania was given a tour of Doha’s recently opened Museum of Islamic Art. The museum was inaugurated this weekend by Sheikha Al-Masaya, and it is said to be the largest in the region.
The Queen of Jordan won YouTube’s Visionary Award, for her channel on the site. The Queen’s channel is aimed promoting communication between the East and the West, and breaking down stereotypes of Muslims and Arabs.
The Visionary Award celebrates active users of YouTube who aim to use the service as an open platform for constructive dialog to highlight social and cultural issues and work for positive change in their communities and around the world.
The award, which was presented by San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom at YouTube Live, is the first such recognition given by the video sharing community, and was established to highlight those who use YouTube as a global platform for positive social change.
Queen Rania accepted her award via video, and by showing her sense of humor by spoofing late night host David Letterman’s Top Ten List.
Queen Rania was honored by YouTube co-founder Chad Hurley, in a 90 minute live broadcast on the website.
“Queen Rania sets the standard for breaking down stereotypes and her YouTube videos are nothing short of inspirational. It is both a pleasure and an honor to present her with this much-deserved tribute,” said Hurley.
As for Queen Rania, she had this to say:
“”YouTube encourages us to be active participants in a global conversation, making our voices heard, giving us the power to broadcast ourselves, increasing knowledge of each other, breaking down the barriers between us clip by clip.”