Each year, two Zayed Prizes for Human Fraternity are awarded by the High Committee for Human Fraternity. Queen Rania and King Abdullah of Jordan received their 2022 Zayed Prize on Saturday February 26. The official award ceremony was held at the Founder’s Memorial in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. This year’s other Zayed Prize went to the Haitian humanitarian organization Fokal. The sovereigns of Jordan are rewarded with this prize for their efforts in promoting human fraternity through their social actions. It was the Emir of Abu Dhabi himself who invited Queen Rania of Jordan, 51, and her husband, King Abdullah II of Jordan, 60.
The award ceremony on February 26 brought together many important personalities from the United Arab Emirates. Among others, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi Mohamed bin Zayed Al-Nahyan, 60, and Prince Abdullah bin Zayed Al-Nahyan, 49, were present at the ceremony. King Abdullah II of Jordan, 60, and his wife were accompanied by Ayman Al Safadi, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Jordan. Pope Francis and the Grand Imam of Al Azhar, Sheikh Ahmad Al Tayyib, intervened only briefly and virtually, according to Royal Histories.
Rania and Abdullah II, Queen and King of Jordan did not keep their prize money
“By supporting the values of human brotherhood, you have helped make the Kingdom of Jordan an example of tolerance and coexistence,” Pope Francis said while congratulating Queen Rania and King Abdullah II of Jordan. Jordanian rulers did not keep their 2022 Zayed Prize money to themselves. Instead, they donated all of the prize money to charity, according to the Royal Court. The financial reward of the Zayed Prize from King Abdullah II and Queen Rania of Jordan will be used by the association: “to repay the financial commitments faced by indebted Jordanian women who are unable to repay the loans they have taken out to support the needs of their families”, explains the Royal Court.
King Abdullah of Jordan and Queen Rania © Dana Press