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  • Ladies of The Middle East

    Asma al-Assad, the first lady of Syria and wife of President Bashar al-Assad, is photographed at the Bristol hotel Dec. 11, 2010 in Paris. Al-Assad, the daughter of a Syrian cardiologist and from a prominent family, attained a computer science degree from King's College London. She started working at Deutsche Bank but moved to Syria after marrying in 2000. They have three children.
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  • Ladies of The Middle East

    Queen Rania of Jordan poses backstage at the Glamour Magazine 2010 Women of the Year Gala at Carnegie Hall on Nov. 8, 2010 in New York City. Rania is married to King Abdullah II. She has topped many a best-dressed list, is very active with social media, spearheads several education efforts in her country and also is a New York Times bestselling author.
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  • Ladies of The Middle East

    Her Majesty Queen Noor of Jordan attends the PUMA.Creative Impact Award at Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park Oct. 11, 2011 in London. Queen Noor was married to King Hussein of Jordan. She graduated from Princeton University. She worked on issues regarding children and women and is an advocate of Global Zero, an anti-nuclear weapons proliferation campaign. She and her husband have four children.
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    Princess Haya Bint Al Hussein smiles in the parade ring on day three of Royal Ascot at England's Ascot Racecourse June 14, 2011. The daughter of Jordanian King Hussein Bin Talal, Haya is married to Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, ruler of Dubai. Haya is a former Olympic equestrian athlete, a mother of one and a graduate from Oxford.
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  • Ladies of The Middle East

    Sheikha Mozah Bint Nasser al Missned attends the gala dinner in her honor and the honor of the emir of the state of Qatar at the royal palace April 25, 2011 in Madrid, Spain. She graduated from Qatar University and has been awarded numerous honorary doctorates. Sheikha Mozah sits on several councils and foundations. And in 2007, she was named one of the world's 100 most powerful women by Forbes.
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    Princess Ameera walks with her husband, Saudi Prince Al-Walid bin Talal bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud, and his entourage at the presidential palace in Kabul, Afghanistan, March 18, 2008. She has joined forces with other Saudi women to push for their independence. She also focuses on poverty and education.
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    Princess Lalla Salma, the first lady of Morocco, attends the gala dinner for Association A.V.E.C. at Chateau de Versailles Feb. 1, 2010 in France. The wife of King Mohammed VI, Lalla Salma worked as an information services engineer. She founded a cancer organization and has done work for HIV/AIDS education.
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  • Middle Eastern Wives

    Leila Ben Ali attends the opening session of the third Congress of the Arab Women's Organization in Tunis Oct. 28, 2010. She is the second wife of former Tunisian President Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali. She was a hairstylist when she met her husband and she quickly became the country's most influential -- and infamous -- woman. The couple reportedly has three children.
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