Saudi Arabia’s King Salman arrived at a deliberate Red Sea megacity to “rest and recuperate”, state media stated Thursday, after the 84-year-old ruler underwent surgical procedure to take away his gall bladder.
The kingdom has sought to quell hypothesis over the well being of the ageing monarch, who has dominated the highest oil exporter and the Arab world’s largest financial system since 2015.
“The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman arrived in NEOM, where he will spend some time to rest and recuperate,” the official Saudi Press Agency stated in a short assertion.
State tv confirmed the king standing on an escalator descending from a airplane and later arriving in a convoy of automobiles at what gave the impression to be a royal palace in NEOM, an space within the kingdom’s northwest that’s presently underneath growth.
The king left Riyadh’s King Faisal hospital on July 30 after a 10-day keep following a laparoscopic surgical procedure to take away his gall bladder, in line with the royal courtroom.
A video launched by state media, apparently geared toward dispelling rumours in regards to the king’s well being, confirmed him chairing a digital cupboard assembly from hospital.
It is uncommon for the secretive kingdom to report on the well being of the monarch.
In 2017, Saudi Arabia dismissed studies and mounting hypothesis that the king was planning to abdicate in favour of his son Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who’s seen because the de facto ruler.
The Saudi royal household historically spends the summer time in Morocco and different European locations.
The $500-billion NEOM, set to be constructed from scratch alongside the dominion’s picturesque western coast, was hit by a uncommon revolt earlier this yr after a tribesman was gunned down by safety forces.
The tribesman had refused to surrender his land for the undertaking.
Under the king’s rule, Saudi Arabia has launched bold financial reforms for a post-oil period and given extra rights to ladies, but additionally adopted a extra assertive overseas coverage and entered a warfare in neighbouring Yemen.
The king was the second reigning monarch within the Gulf to be hospitalised lately, after Kuwait’s 91-year-old emir Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad Al-Sabah, amid the dual regional crises of the coronavirus pandemic and a plunge in crude costs.
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