Saudi king back home after medical treatment abroad   2011-02-23 18:59:42 FeedbackPrintRSS
Saudi King Abdullah bin Abdul-Aziz (L front) is greeted by visiting Bahrain's King Hamad bin Isa al- Khalifa (R front) at the international airport in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, Feb. 23, 2011. Saudi King Abdullah bin Abdul-Aziz returned home Wednesday after a three-month absence for medical treatment. (Xinhua/Saudi Press Agency)

RIYADH, Feb. 23 (Xinhua) -- Saudi King Abdullah bin Abdul-Aziz returned home Wednesday after a three-month absence for medical treatment, state TV reported.

Hundreds of men in white robes performed a traditional Bedouin sward dance on special carpets laid out at Riyadh airport.

The kingdom has declared Saturday a public holiday to celebrate the king's safe return.

The Saudi monarch has earlier announced a series of economic reforms that included housing and other benefits for Saudis ahead of his return.

Abdullah, the ruler of the world's biggest oil exporter, left for the United States on Nov. 22 and has underwent a successful back surgery. On Jan. 22, Abdullah arrived in Casablanca to recuperate.

Oil-rich Saudi Arabia, ruled by a Sunni monarchy and home to a small Shiite community, has been anxiously watching the developments in its smaller neighbor Bahrain.


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