Queen Rania of Jordan is embracing technology in her efforts to increase cross-cultural dialogue and help understanding between her country and the rest of the world.

She has launched a YouTube page to try to answer people’s questions about Arabs and the Middle East. She will accept questions until August 12th.

In her vlog she says that she has been surprised by some of the questions she has received so far (such as ‘do all Arabs hate Americans?’) and she aims to break some stereotypes with her campaign and help people to see the real side of the Arab and Muslim world and culture.

This initiative is sure to raise a lot of awareness – there are already more than 500 questions posted on the YouTube page.

Whilst Queen Rania is obviously not an average citizen of Jordan or the Middle East and so probably cannot speak for all the Arab world, this initiative should help to increase awareness and understanding of some important facts.

Tip-off from Global Voices Online.


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Lucy is English and first ventured out of the UK she was 19. Since then she has lived in 4 different countries and tried to see as much of the world as possible. She loves learning languages, learning about different cultures and hearing different points of view.