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Monday, May 18, 2009

"Bring Down the Walls," Tweets Queen Rania in First Twitter Interview




  • H.M. Queen Rania answers questions from the general public on Twitter
  • Extraordinary level of interactivity on social networks at World Economic Forum on the Middle East

Dead Sea, Jordan, 15 May 2009 – H.M. Queen Rania Al Abdullah of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, known to Twitter users as @QueenRania, has given her first Twitter interview today. On the sidelines of the World Economic Forum on the Middle East held at the Dead Sea in Jordan, H.M. Queen Rania personally tweeted answers to five questions from the general public on the popular social networking site.

Her Majesty Queen Rania answered five questions proposed and chosen by the general public on the World Economic Forum's blog: The full text of the royal Twitter interview is below:

Logo Forum@QueenRania 1) When do you think humanity will find out that we are all equals and that God is only one, regardless the name we call Him?
Queen Rania@davos 1) I think humanity knows. R'mber how world united after tsunami? The knowledge is there, we just need the will to act. #jordan09

Logo Forum@QueenRania 2) Do you see the opportunity to bring East and West closer together by bridging education closer with technology?
Queen Rania@davos 2)Yes. New cultures, languages, and experiences r just a click away, which means all our children can be digital diplomats. #jordan09

Logo Forum@QueenRania 3) What 3 or 4 words would you chose as a message to the whole world? (or to question the whole world with)? (via @RulaMughrabi)
Queen Rania@davos 3) Bring down the walls. #jordan09

Logo Forum@QueenRania 4) There's an underlying negative sentiment for Jordanians of Palestinian origin among Jordanians. R u aware of this phenomenon?
Queen Rania@davos 4b) I'm proud of Jordan's diversity & reputation for welcoming those in need. #jordan09

Queen Rania @davos 4a) Personal prejudice will always exist. But this by no means maj sentiment. #jordan09

Logo Forum@QueenRania 5) Should the global community prioritize humanitarian issues? What top 2 priorities 4 humanitarian movement? (via @sgbulfone)
Queen Rania@davos 5) Absolutely. Globally, it's the 8 MDGs. For my region, it's an end to conflict and quality education for all. #jordan09

@QueenRania has been active on Twitter for nine days and already has over 50,000 followers. The royal twitterati has been tweeting the recent papal visit to Jordan and has tweeted her thoughts from key sessions at the World Economic Forum on the Middle East. Queen Rania is one of the few world leaders to directly communicate with the general public on Twitter, and also has her YouTube channel ( and Facebook Fan Page (

The 2009 World Economic Forum on the Middle East was characterized by an unprecedented level of interaction with the general public on different social media platforms. The Forum organized the Davos Debates in the Middle East on YouTube (, a public debate on the importance of role models for the future of the Middle East. Selected video replies posted by YouTubers were shown in sessions, and over 50 participants replied to the question: "Are Role Models Important for the Future of the Middle East?" at a specially-designed video corner at the Convention Center.

Key quotes from plenary sessions were tweeted on the Forum's Twitter account ( which has over half a million followers and is among the top 50 Twitter accounts in the world. Plenary sessions and press conferences were also streamed live on Mogulus (, allowing anyone to put questions to the panellists through the chat function and opening press conferences to a worldwide audience.

The World Economic Forum is an independent international organization committed to improving the state of the world by engaging leaders in partnerships to shape global, regional and industry agendas.

Incorporated as a foundation in 1971, and based in Geneva, Switzerland, the World Economic Forum is impartial and not-for-profit; it is tied to no political, partisan or national interests. (

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