Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Royal Profile: 65 Facts of Queen Noor of Jordan

  1. Queen Noor al-Hussein,Queen Dowager of Jordan was born Lisa Najeeb Halaby on 23 August 1951 the daughter of Najeeb Halaby and Doris Carlquist in Washington, DC, USA. 
  2. She has two siblings, brother Christian and sister Alexa{Source}.
  3. She was educated National Cathedral School from fourth to eighth grade, before she briefly attended The Chapin School in New York City. 
  4. She went on to graduate from Concord Academy in Massachusetts{Source}. 
  5. She attended Princeton University with its first coeducational freshman class, and received a BA in Architecture and Urban Planning in 1973{Source}.
  6. After she graduated, Lisa Halaby moved to Australia, where she worked for a firm that specialized in planning new towns. 
  7. She became increasingly interested in the Middle East and immediately accepted a job offer from a British architectural firm that had been employed to redesign the city of Tehran{Source}.
  8.  In 1976, she moved back to the United States{Source}. 
  9. She thought about earning a master's degree in journalism and starting a career in television production{Source}. 
  10. However, she accepted a job offer from Managing Director of Arab Air Services, which was founded by her father, who was commissioned by the Jordanian government to redesign their airlines{Source}.
  11. She became Director of Facilities Planning and Design of the airline he founded{Source}.
  12.  In 1977, she was working for Royal Jordanian Airlines, in which capacity she attended various high-profile social events as the Director of Facilities Planning and Design{Source}.
  13. This is where she met Hussein of Jordan for the first time on the development of the Queen Alia International Airport{Source}. 
  14. The airport was named after Queen Alia, Hussein's third wife, who died in a helicopter crash the same year{Source}. 
  15. Halaby and the king became friends while he was still mourning the death of his wife{Source}. Their friendship evolved and the couple became engaged in 1978{Source}.
  16.  Wearing a Dior gown, she wed King Hussein on 15 June 1978 in Amman, becoming his fourth wife and Queen of Jordan{Source}.
  17. Together, they have four children:
    1. Prince Hamzah (1980)
    2. Prince Hashim ( 1981)
    3. Princess Iman (1983)
    4. Princess Raiyah (1986)
  18. They have the following children-in-law together:
    1. Fahdah Mohammed Abunayyan of Saudi Arabia (Hashim, m. 2006)
    2. Princess Noor bint Asem bin Nayef (Hamzah, 2003-2009)
    3. Princess Basmah biani Ahamad (Hamzah, 2012)
    4. Zaid Azimi Mirza (Iman, 2013)
  19. They also have the following grandchildren together:
    1. Princess Haya bint Hamzah (2007,Hamzah)
    2. Princess Noor Al Bint Hamzah (2014,Hamzah)
    3. Princess Haalah bint Al Hashim (2007,Hashim)
    4. Princess Rayet bint Al Hashim (2008,Hashim)
    5. Princess Fatima Al-Alia bint Al Hashim (2011,Hashim )
    6. Prince Hussein Haidara bin Hashim (2015,Hashim)
    7. Omar Mirza (2014, Iman)
  20. From this marriage, she also gained 7 stepchildren, and several children-in-law :
    1. Princess Alia bint Al Hussein (1956)
    2. King Abdullah II of Jordan (1962)
    3. Prince Faisal bin Al Hussein of Jordan (1963)
    4. Princess Zein bint Hussein (1968)
    5. Princess Aisha bint Hussein (1968)
    6. Princess Haya bint Hussein (1974)
    7. Prince Ali bin Al Hussein (1975)
  21. She has the following step-children-in-law:
    1. Nasser Wasfi Mirza (m. 1977, div)
    2. Sayyid Mohammed Al-Saleh (M. 1998)
    3. Queen Rania of Jordan (m. 1993)
    4. Princess Alia Tabbaa of Jordan (m. 1989-2008,Faisal)
    5. Princess Sara of Jordan (m 2010-2013,Faisal)
    6. Princess Zeina of Jordan (m. 2015,Faisal)
    7. Mr. Zeid Juma (divorced, Alisha)
    8. Mr. Majdi Al-Saleh (Zein)
    9. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum (2004, Haya)
    10.  Rym Brahimi(2004, Ali)
  22. She also has the following step-grandchildren:
    1. Prince Hussein Mirza bint Al Hussein (1981)
    2. Master Talal Al-Saleh (1989)
    3. Princess Ayah bint al-Faisal of Jordan (1990)
    4. Master Abdul Hamid Al-Saleh (1992)
    5. Prince Omar bint al-Faisal of Jordan (1993)
    6. Crown Prince Hussein (1994)
    7. Princess Iman (1996)
    8. Princess Sara bint al-Faisal of Jordan (1997) 
    9. Princess Aisha bint al-Faisal of Jordan (1997)
    10. Princess Salma (2000)
    11. Prince Hashem (2005)
    12. Princess Jalila bint Ali (2005)
    13. Prince Abdullah bin Ali (2007)
    14. Princess Haya bint al Hamzah of Jordan (2007)
    15. Princess Haalah bint Al Hashim (2007)
    16. Sheikha Al Jalila (2007)
    17. Princess Rayet bint Al Hashim (2008)
    18. Princess Fatima Al-Alia bint Al Hashim (2011)
    19. Princess Zein bint Hamzah (2012)
    20. Sheikh Zayed (2012)
    21. Princess Noor bint Hamzah (2014)
    22. Prince Hussein Haidara bin Hashim (2015)
    23. Princess Badiya bint Al-Hamzah of Jordan (2016)
    24. Prince Abdullah bin Faisal (2016)
    25. Master Aoun Juma 
    26. Miss Muna Juma
    27. Master Jaafar Al-Saleh
    28. Miss Jumana Al Saleh
    29. Miss Tahani Al Shawan al Saleh (Adopted)
  23. Queen Noor plays an active role in promoting international exchange and understanding of Arab and Muslim culture and politics, Arab-Western relations, and conflict-prevention and recovery issues such as refugees, missing persons, poverty and disarmament{Source}. 
  24. She has also helped found media programs to highlight these issues{Source}. 
  25. Her conflict-recovery and peacebuilding work over the past decade has focused on the Middle East, the Balkans, Central and Southeast Asia, Latin America, and Africa{Source}.
  26. Queen Noor's work in Jordan and the Arab world has focused on national development needs in the areas of education, conservation, sustainable development, human rights, and cross-cultural understanding{Source}. 
  27. She is also actively involved with international and UN organizations that address global challenges in these fields{Source}. 
  28. Since 1979, the initiatives of the Noor Al Hussein Foundation (NHF)  have transformed development thinking in Jordan and the Middle East through pioneering programs in the areas of poverty eradication and sustainable development, women's empowerment, microfinance, health, environmental conservation, and arts as a medium for social development and cross-cultural exchange, many of which are internationally acclaimed models for the developing world{Source}. 
  29. She is chairwoman of the  Noor Al Hussein Foundation (NHF)  {Source}. 
  30. She chairs the King Hussein Foundation and the King Hussein Foundation International (KHFI), founded in 1999 to build on her late husband's humanitarian vision and legacy in Jordan and abroad through national, regional, and international programs that promote education and leadership, economic empowerment, tolerance, and cross cultural dialogue and media that enhance mutual understanding and respect among different cultures and across conflict lines{Source}. 
  31. Through KHFI, headquartered in the United States, Queen Noor awards the annual King Hussein Leadership Prize to individuals, groups, or institutions that demonstrate inspiring and courageous leadership in their efforts to promote sustainable development, human rights, tolerance, equity, and peace{Source}. 
  32. Queen Noor is co-founder of The Alliance of Civilizations Media Fund, an unprecedented, not-for-profit initiative formed out of a partnership between private media, the United Nations, and global philanthropists to promote and support media content that enhances mutual understanding and respect within and among different societies and cultures{Source}.
  33. She has traveled extensively throughout the Balkans since her first humanitarian mission in 1996 after the fall of Srebrenica{Source}. 
  34. She is a Commissioner of the International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP) created through the Dayton Accords to promote reconciliation and conflict resolution through the search for, recovery, and identification of missing persons from the armed conflicts in the Balkans{Source}. 
  35. She has supported and overseen the ICMP's groundbreaking forensic DNA identification and families/community reconciliation programs{Source}. 
  36. She has advocated with the leaders of BiH to finalize the establishment of The Missing Persons Institute, critical to resolution of the tragedy of tens of thousands of missing and murdered in the 1990s Balkans conflicts{Source}. 
  37. She has assumed an advocacy role in the International Campaign to Ban Landmines and has traveled to Central and Southeast Asia, the Balkans, the Middle East, Africa, and Latin America to advocate with governments, support NGOs, and visit with landmine survivors struggling to recover and reclaim their lives{Source}. 
  38. She has testified before the U.S. Congressional Human Rights Caucus, appealing for humanitarian assistance and justice for hundreds of thousands of landmine victims worldwide{Source}.
  39. At the invitation of President Andrés Pastrana and President Álvaro Uribe Vélez, Queen Noor has undertaken several humanitarian missions to Colombia to try to negotiate a series of humanitarian accords with the leaders of the country's guerilla insurgency on landmines, child soldiers and kidnappings, to promote mine awareness programs in rural and conflict areas with UNDP, to advocate against the use of anti-personnel mines especially in civilian areas, and to oversee the destruction of Colombia's last arsenal of anti-personnel mines{Source}. 
  40. In gratitude, the Government of Colombia granted Queen Noor full Colombian citizenship{Source}.
  41. In 2004 and 2005, as an expert advisor to the United Nations, Queen Noor traveled to Central Asia to advocate for adoption and implementation of the Ottawa Treaty throughout the region and for multi-sectoral commitment to the Millennium Development Goals in Tajikistan, one of the world's poorest countries{Source}. 
  42. She is a board member of Refugees International {Source}.
  43. She is an outspoken voice for the plight of refugees, displaced persons, and other dispossessed people around the world. She has visited Pakistan to assess the Afghan refugee situation and is advocating for international support for the nearly 5 million Iraqis displaced in Iraq and in Jordan, Syria, and other countries after the 2003 US invasion of Iraq{Source}.
  44. Queen Noor is actively involved in a number of international organizations advancing global peace-building and conflict recovery{Source}. 
  45. She is a founding leader of Global Zero, an international effort to eliminate nuclear weapons worldwide, an Advisor to the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation, Seeds of Peace, Council of Women World Leaders, Women Waging Peace, and the International Campaign to Ban Landmines, and International Patron and Honorary Chair of Survivor Corps {Source}.
  46. She is President of the United World Colleges{Source}.
  47. She is a Board Member of the Aspen Institute
  48. She is a part of the Refugees International{Source}.
  49. She is a member of America Near East Refugee Aid{Source}.
  50. She also takes part in Conservation International{Source}.
  51. She is Patron of the International Union for Conservation of Nature,
  52. She is Founding President and Honorary President Emeritus of BirdLife International {Source}.
  53. She is Patron of the SOS Children's Villages - USA in Jordan{Source}.
  54. Queen Noor is on the board of the Daniel Pearl Foundation, alongside former President Bill Clinton{Source}. 
  55. She is the International Spokesperson for the McGill Middle East Program of Civil Society and Peace Building (MMEP); in this capacity she has twice visited Montréal, Canada, officially and unofficially visited a number of the MMEP's centres in Jordan and Israel, and undertaken a number of fundraising activities, including the establishment of an MMEP program fund in her name{Source}. 
  56. Queen Noor has been awarded numerous awards and honorary doctorates in international relations, law, and humane letters{Source}. 
  57. She received the United Nations Environment Program Global 500 Award for her activism in environmental protection and advocacy {Source}. 
  58. She was honored with the 2009 Global Environmental Citizen Award by Harvard University's Center for Health and the Global Environment{Source}. 
  59. In June 2009, Physicians for Social Responsibility, Los Angeles Chapter, honored her with its Healing the Planet Award{Source}. 
  60. She has published two books{Source}: 
    1. Hussein of Jordan (KHF Publishing, 2000) 
    2. Leap of Faith: Memoirs of an Unexpected Life (Miramax Books, 2003)
  61. She divides her time between Jordan, Washington, D.C., and London. 
  62. She continues to work on behalf of numerous international organizations and makes 70 to 100 speaking appearances annually{Source}.
  63. She holds numerous orders and honors from various countries, including{Source}:
    1. Grand Cordon of the Orders of Hussein ibn 'Ali with collar, Renaissance special class (5.6.1978)
    2. Order of Merit of the Italian Republic (26.11.1983)
    3. The Virtues (Nishan al-Kemal) of Egypt (1989)
    4. Member of the Royal Family Order of Brunei (DK) (1984)
    5. Royal Order of the Seraphim of Sweden (15.9.1989)
    6. Knight of the Order of the Elephant of Denmark (27.4.1998)
    7. The Grand Decoration of Honour for Merit in gold with sash of the Republic of Austria
  64. She is active on social media, especially twitter.

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