There are a lot of misconceptions about the Arab culture and the Middle East. In response, Queen Rania of Jordan is leveraging the popularity of YouTube by setting up her own video blog (vlog) page whose aim is to break down stereotypes and engage in an international dialog; or in her own words:
“In a world where it is so easy to connect with one another, we still remain disconnected. There is a whole world of wonder out there that we cannot appreciate with stereotypes. So it is important for all of us to join forces, come together and try to bring down those misconceptions. And I have been surprised by some of the questions I have been asked about the Arab world and the Middle East. Do all Arabs hate Americans? Can Arab women work? Are there any YouTubers in Jordan?”
For those whom may be surprised by the establishment of a royal vlogger, Queen Rania Al Abdullah is a major voice of the Hashemite Kingdom to the Jordanian and International community in establishing a greater undestanding and dialog between culture.
Which explains why she is using this channel to solicit questions about the Islamic and the Arabic world until August 12, 2008, where on International Youth Day Queen Rania will respond with answers that I personally think might surprise many U.S. readers.
Well actually, on a second visit to her video blog, I’m seeing she’s answering some of the questions right away – including video snips from some Americans in Jordan.by