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King Abdullah opens new military hospital in Amman

King Abdullah II of Jordan has inaugurated Latrun Military Hospital in the country’s capital, Amman. 

His Majesty arrived at the new facility on Monday, 5th September, accompanied by the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Major General Yousef Hneiti. 

The two military leaders listened to a briefing about the hospital capacity and plans for development by the Royal Medical Service. 

It was then time for the King to tour the facility. He walked the 6700 square metres of the facility and viewed the 105 beds that will host the patients making use of the hospital. 

The final event was the uncovering of a plaque commemorating the visit and the inauguration. 

Latrun Military Hospital includes an emergency department, a surgery area, an internal disease department, an intensive care unit, several radiation wards and “several specialised clinics”, according to the Royal Court’s communique. 

Because of the structure being a hospital, and due to current health safety measures, all participants, including the King, were seen sporting face masks for the entire duration of the inauguration.

Like all Heads of State, King Abdullah II is also the Chief of the Armed Forces, bearing the title of Supreme Commander of the Jordan Armed Forces-Arab Army. 

This was the first engagement that His Majesty carried out after his cousin and personal adviser on religious and cultural matters, Prince Hamza, married former Princess Miriam of Bulgaria, much to the surprise of royal watchers. 

It was the happy ending to a summer full of good news for the King: in July and August, his and Queen Rania’s two older children announced their respective engagements. 

On the 6th of July, the Court announced the engagement of Princess Iman to Jameel Thermiotis, a Venezuelan-born tech investor, while on the 17th of August Crown Prince Hussein announced his engagement to Saudi-born Rajwa Al Saif.