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Queen Rania and Princess Iman visit Umm Qais

Copyright 2020, Royal Hashemite Court

As the world slowly reopens after the COVID-19 outbreak, the royals are getting back to undertaking more public duties. On Monday, Queen Rania and her daughter, Princess Iman visited Umm Qais in the Irbid Governorate to learn about their sustainable tourism efforts.

The Queen drove herself and her daughter to the village which sits north of Jordan’s capital of Amman. On her Instagram account, a video was shared of the Queen and Princess Iman trying to decide, like many mother-daughter pairs, what to listen to on the drive.

Queen Rania and Princess Iman travelled to Umm Qais to “learn about sustainable tourism efforts that aim to stimulate economic growth and protect Jordan’s cultural heritage and natural resources,” according to Her Majesty’s Office.

The pair were welcomed by founder of Baraka Destinations, Muna Haddad and received a tour of the bed and breakfast, Beit Al Baraka, that gives visitors a true insight into the culture of the village. They also had the opportunity to learn about basket weaving and partake in that and scarf embroidery during their visit.

Princess Iman takes part in scarf embroidering. Copyright 2020, Royal Hashemite Court

Additionally, Her Majesty and Her Royal Highness helped prepare Eid cookies in Galsoum’s Kitchen – a place that offers traditional Jordanian meals from locally sourced ingredients. They also saw some of the items produced by locals in the living room of Beit Al Baraka and participated in a stone masonry class. They later learned about making seed bombs and local plants at Beit Al Ward.

The six bedroom bed and breakfast is in an ideal location and overlooks the Golan Heights, the Sea of Galilee, and the Yarmouk Nature Reserve.

After her visit, Queen Rania said on Instagram: “Loved spending time with both Iman and the wonderful people at Beit Al Baraka and Beit Al Ward in Um Qais today. I cannot recommend them enough!”

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Brittani is from Tennessee, USA. She is a political scientist and historian after graduating with a degree in the topics from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, in December 2014. She also holds a master's degree from Northeastern University. She enjoys reading and researching all things regarding the royals of the world. Her love of royals began in middle school, and she's been researching, reading, and writing on royalty for over a decade. She became Europe Editor in October 2016, and then Deputy Editor in January 2019, and has been featured on several podcasts, radio shows, news broadcasts and websites including Global News Canada, ABC News Australia, WION India and BBC World News.