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Old 02-27-2006, 11:49 AM
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Oil and the future of where the US will be getting it is a HUGE isssue here in the US. In many of the midwest states, legislation is passing at lightning speed to improve/make more available alternative fuel sources--derivatives from various plant products. It's still going to be a long evolution though. For some reason, even though they saw them developing, politicians perhaps didn't adequately plan for the oil needs of countries like China.

Forgive the ignorance but does Jordan simply not have any oil whatsoever? As other ME countries have so much, I've wondered why that is or if it does but just hasn't tapped its potential?
Unfortunately, Jordan has very little by way of natural resources, oil or otherwise and great swathes of fertile, arable land were lost in the '67 war, which again put more pressure on what was left of Jordan as refugees came to live there after losing their homes. There has to be some kind of viable job creation scheme in Jordan and although service industries and IT may be the way to go there is such huge competition from Dubai, India and even little Bahrain is joining in.
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Thank you for explaining this so well! So Jordan basically has been struggling since 1967 to help refugees and jordanians find gainful employment? What kind of infrastructure in terms of economic development is KA/Jordan looking toward now as the most viable means of attaining economic stability/growth? Did KH begin anything which KA is now continuing? Are there new initiatives in the offing? I know, at one point, KH was hoping aviation would be one important part of the economy or, at least, he wished to make Jordan the hub for aviation training for the ME--but that, according to QN a few years ago on Larry King "remains a dream." And I don't know how many jobs it would have provided anyway. Bill Gates has visited Jordan and I believe is friendly with KA yet stated recently he would be looking to India for IT development--effectively bypassing even the US as he said there was simply a greater workforce supply and the desire on the part of the government/people to work in IT. Is he considering any ventures with KA and within Jordan? Again, I'd read they had a very good relationship so one would think Mr. Gates would be a logical person to partner with.

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Unfortunately, Jordan has very little by way of natural resources, oil or otherwise and great swathes of fertile, arable land were lost in the '67 war, which again put more pressure on what was left of Jordan as refugees came to live there after losing their homes. There has to be some kind of viable job creation scheme in Jordan and although service industries and IT may be the way to go there is such huge competition from Dubai, India and even little Bahrain is joining in.
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Institutionalizing Al Aman Fund for the Future of Orphans</STRONG>
Pet0882 4 0688 Institutionalizing Al Aman Fund for the Future of Orphans Amman, Feb. 26 (Petra) -- Her Majesty Queen Rania Al Abdullah on Sunday headed the meeting of the Board of Trustees for Al Aman Fund in Amman. The Fund was launched by Queen Rania in 2003 to provide orphans who have graduated from orphan care-centers with support that enables them to become active and productive members of society. The Board of Trustees reviewed the achievements of the Fund since its inception, including the scholarships awarded to 17 orphans from care-centers, all whom are currently enrolled in Jordanian universities. The Fund is currently paying tuition and a stipend to cover living expenses, transportation, and school fees to ease the burdens on these students. During the meeting, Her Majesty focused on the importance of creating a comprehensive plan to introduce the concept of foster families, a model that currently exists in several orphanages in Jordan and around the world. Queen Rania said that the Ministry of Social Development is actively following up on social issues throughout the Kingdom and should play a key role in the supervision, evaluation and follow-up of the various institutions and initiatives in orphan care. Her Majesty stressed the importance of involving the Fund with other development organizations to help with vocational training, schooling, and providing work for the orphans. She stressed the importance of increasing the involvement of social workers to help the orphans understand the value of this opportunity and to see it as a gift that must be used appropriately to benefit society. The Queen further stressed the need to facilitate the donation process in order to reach a greater number of beneficiaries. The Board of Trustees reiterated that the Fund has established valuable goals and created opportunities of a bright future for the orphans. The Fund helps to create confidence and a sense of security because it equips the children with the necessary tools to enter society. The Board concentrated on creating tangible and realistic goals. They said administrative and financial plans need to be applied which correspond to the principles of charity work. Queen Rania is the Head of the Board of Trustees. Also on the board are, His Excellency Umaya Touqan, His Excellency Sheikh Izzidine Al Khatib Al Tamimi, His Excellency Basem Al Salem, His Excellency Suleiman Tarawneh, Mifleh Akel, Mohammad Elayyan, Lena Kobti, Jumana Kawar, Laith Al Kasem, and a representative of Her Majesty's Office. The Board of Trustees elected five of its members to the Board of Directors which will be headed by Lena Kobti. //Petra// Shniqat 261731 Local FEB 2006 
http://www.petra.gov.jo/nepras/2006/Feb/26/31016800.htm
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King Abdullah at a science exhibition:
http://www.petra.gov.jo/nepras/2006/Feb/27/6306I.htm
http://www.petra.gov.jo/nepras/2006/Feb/27/6308I.htm
http://www.petra.gov.jo/nepras/2006/Feb/27/6310I.htm
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Surely you mean Prince Hassan????
I completely overlooked the typo, I wonder what Freud would have to say about it.
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Surely you mean Prince Hassan????
I completely overlooked the typo, I wonder what Freud would have to say about it.
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What a wonderful cause--thinking about and then taking steps to ensure the success of those who have graduated from orphan care centers so they will be able to make their way in the world and play a meaningful role in society! I'd never really considered the "gap" which exists in this transition for those who've been orphaned nor the services they might need. It's a very positive advancement and is clearly the result of a lot of thoughtful, strategic planning.

One question: Is Umaya Touqan a relative of the late Queen Alia? I'd heard the Touqans had long played an important role in Jordanian society; QA's father was ambassador to the UN, I believe, for awhile.

Anyway, thanks for the article! It's always good to read about positive things occuring in Jordan!:)

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Institutionalizing Al Aman Fund for the Future of Orphans</STRONG>

Pet0882 4 0688 Institutionalizing Al Aman Fund for the Future of Orphans Amman, Feb. 26 (Petra) -- Her Majesty Queen Rania Al Abdullah on Sunday headed the meeting of the Board of Trustees for Al Aman Fund in Amman. The Fund was launched by Queen Rania in 2003 to provide orphans who have graduated from orphan care-centers with support that enables them to become active and productive members of society. The Board of Trustees reviewed the achievements of the Fund since its inception, including the scholarships awarded to 17 orphans from care-centers, all whom are currently enrolled in Jordanian universities. The Fund is currently paying tuition and a stipend to cover living expenses, transportation, and school fees to ease the burdens on these students. During the meeting, Her Majesty focused on the importance of creating a comprehensive plan to introduce the concept of foster families, a model that currently exists in several orphanages in Jordan and around the world. Queen Rania said that the Ministry of Social Development is actively following up on social issues throughout the Kingdom and should play a key role in the supervision, evaluation and follow-up of the various institutions and initiatives in orphan care. Her Majesty stressed the importance of involving the Fund with other development organizations to help with vocational training, schooling, and providing work for the orphans. She stressed the importance of increasing the involvement of social workers to help the orphans understand the value of this opportunity and to see it as a gift that must be used appropriately to benefit society. The Queen further stressed the need to facilitate the donation process in order to reach a greater number of beneficiaries. The Board of Trustees reiterated that the Fund has established valuable goals and created opportunities of a bright future for the orphans. The Fund helps to create confidence and a sense of security because it equips the children with the necessary tools to enter society. The Board concentrated on creating tangible and realistic goals. They said administrative and financial plans need to be applied which correspond to the principles of charity work. Queen Rania is the Head of the Board of Trustees. Also on the board are, His Excellency Umaya Touqan, His Excellency Sheikh Izzidine Al Khatib Al Tamimi, His Excellency Basem Al Salem, His Excellency Suleiman Tarawneh, Mifleh Akel, Mohammad Elayyan, Lena Kobti, Jumana Kawar, Laith Al Kasem, and a representative of Her Majesty's Office. The Board of Trustees elected five of its members to the Board of Directors which will be headed by Lena Kobti. //Petra// Shniqat 261731 Local FEB 2006 
http://www.petra.gov.jo/nepras/2006/Feb/26/31016800.htm
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Old 02-28-2006, 07:56 PM
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:) Too funny! Thanks for lightening the mood!

Now, I'm going to be the big dark blot again. The article you shared got me thinking. KH took a great interest in the needs of orphans; he and QN I believe donated a palace to some for their housing (think it was the one he shared with Queen Alia). Now QR is--well, its actually a continuation of her other efforts--focusing again on the needs of orphans. How many are there in Jordan? Is this a significant issue in the country? Is this a special issue in QR or KA's initiatives in social development in Jordan? (I'm sure it's more the provence of QR than KA but perhaps he also is involved).

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What a wonderful cause--thinking about and then taking steps to ensure the success of those who have graduated from orphan care centers so they will be able to make their way in the world and play a meaningful role in society!
Pictures from this meeting (Petra and Jordan Times)
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King on Southeast Asian tour

His Majesty King Abdullah on Tuesday left for Brunei on a several-day tour that will also take him to Singapore. King will hold talks with Brunei's Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah, Singapore's President S. R. Nathan and Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong on the Amman Message, Middle East developments, the global war on terrorism and means to boost relations between Jordan and the Southeast Asian countries. Jordan Times

I wonder when we're going to see a state visit to Brunei, given the friendly relations between these two royal families Im surprised there hasnt been one soon. I'd love to see one from both countries.
Doesnt look like Queen Rania is going with KA to Brunei. She didnt accompany him last time either. She's probably busy with her engagements but it'd be something nice to see.
The Bruneians go all out with ceremony and banquets.
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King Abdullah has arrived in Brunei. Since the host nation is Brunei, pictures can be seen in the Royal Family of Brunei thread (starting with post 97):
http://www.theroyalforums.com/forums...d=1#post391390
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Thanks for the photos of the meeting regarding this program. Perhaps QR is not accompanying KA to Brunei because she has so much on her plate right now dealing with addressing internal issues like this one....but, I agree, it would have been nice to see them both there. She's really launched 2006 with a number of meetings, visits and programs all revolving around the welfare and betterment of children in Jordanian society. I know this has been part of her initiative platform for awhile but it really has been her dominant issue--or so it seems to me--thus far. And it's good to see her directing these initiatives. The children of any country--and I believe 50% or so of Jordan's population is under the age of 21 (correct me if I'm wrong--but the number was huge)--are its future. It's so vital to focus on what they need if the future--in so many areas--will improve for them, for the country and for the world.

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More than 1,200 delegates from 75 countries will gather in Abu Dhabi from 12-14 March for the second international students' leadership conference titled Women as Global Leaders. Speakers include Jordan's Queen Rania, former Irish president Mary Robinson, UK barrister Cherie Booth, and UAE Minister of Economy Sheikha Lubna Al Qasimi.
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Prep school to open in Jordan

AMMAN, Jordan, March 1 (UPI) -- Massachusetts' Deerfield Academy plans to help establish Middle East's first co-educational boarding school in the Kingdom of Jordan. ......

The facility was requested by Jordan's King Abdullah II, who graduated from Deerfield in 1980, The New York Times reports."
http://www.upi.com/NewsTrack/view.ph...1-112931-6170r

It's an interesting idea but I cannot see alot of parents opting to send their kids to a co-ed boarding school.
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The children of any country--and I believe 50% or so of Jordan's population is under the age of 21 (correct me if I'm wrong--but the number was huge)--are its future. It's so vital to focus on what they need if the future--in so many areas--will improve for them, for the country and for the world.
Really? I had no idea the figures were that high, I know Iran has something like 50% of its citizens being under 30 but I wasn't aware that Jordan was the same.
Although thinking on it it's not really a surprise, I imagine most Arab countries would have similar figures.
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Prep school to open in Jordan

AMMAN, Jordan, March 1 (UPI) -- Massachusetts' Deerfield Academy plans to help establish Middle East's first co-educational boarding school in the Kingdom of Jordan. ......

The facility was requested by Jordan's King Abdullah II, who graduated from Deerfield in 1980, The New York Times reports."
http://www.upi.com/NewsTrack/view.ph...1-112931-6170r
thanks for the article.
There are ambitious plans to build an academy, modelled on Deerfield, in Jordan as well. KA and QR attended the ground breaking ceremony in 2004.
Deerfield must've made quite an impact on KA for him to have initiated these projects in Jordan.
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King Abdullah and the Sultan of Brunei have had a busy day today.
All the pictures can be seen in this thread:
http://www.theroyalforums.com/forums...-a-6651-6.html
btw..Princess Basma's husband is also accompanying the King on this trip.
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I'll bet KA enjoyed doing the army thing in Brunei. Didn't he want to be a career army officer before being "promoted" to king?
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Do you think the response to it will be positive? Will people want to send their children to a co-ed facility? I don't know all the ins and outs of schooling in Jordan. Are girls and boys typically separated? Deerfield certainly has a prestigious reputation and it's an interesting concept.

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thanks for the article.
There are ambitious plans to build an academy, modelled on Deerfield, in Jordan as well. KA and QR attended the ground breaking ceremony in 2004.
Deerfield must've made quite an impact on KA for him to have initiated these projects in Jordan.
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