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Queen cooks lunch with orphans

By JT - Aug 30,2015 - Last updated at Aug 31,2015

Her Majesty Queen Rania cooks lunch and joins a group of orphans for the meal at Beit Sitti Restaurant in Amman’s Jabal Luweibdeh neighbourhood on Sunday (Photo courtesy of Royal Court)

AMMAN — Her Majesty Queen Rania joined a group of orphans from the King Hussein Charity Society for Orphans on Sunday in a group cooking class at Beit Sitti Restaurant in Amman’s Jabal Luweibdeh area.

Upon arrival, Her Majesty met with Dina, Maria and Tania Haddad, and their mother, Shireen Haddad, owners of Beit Sitti, according to a statement from her office. 

The Queen also toured the restaurant and listened to a briefing from the owners about the idea behind it.

In a conversation with the Queen, the children said they have never been to Aqaba, at which point Queen Rania promised to arrange for them to visit soon.

Beit Sitti started in 2010 when three sisters collaborated to keep their grandmothers’ heritage alive by passing on the recipes that she taught them to locals, expatriates and tourists. 

Patrons learn to cook a four-course Arabic meal which they later enjoy in an informal sitting.


Founded in Irbid in 1968, the King Hussein Charity Society for Orphans is currently home to 36 children. A large number of these children are either orphans or come from broken homes and impoverished families.

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