This year was not what anyone planned, and the COVID-19 pandemic impacted all of the royals across the globe. The Middle Eastern royals had a rough year with the deaths of two monarchs and forced virtual meetings instead of seeing their people in person. Let’s take a look back at 2020 for the Arab royals.
Princess Salma of Jordan received her wings after her pilot training. The Sultan of Oman, Qaboos bin Said al Said, died on 10 January, and a new sultan was chosen the following day. The new ruler is Sultan Haitham bin Tariq Al Said. King Willem-Alexander and the Prince of Wales flew to Oman to extend their condolences.
Crown Prince Hussein of Jordan delivered the keynote address at TechWadi in the United States. The final verdict was rendered in a UK court regarding the custody of Dubai’s Sheikh Mohammed and Princess Haya of Jordan’s children. Haya was awarded custody.
In one of the last state visits to take place, King Harald and Queen Sonja of Norway were welcomed to Jordan by King Abdullah and Queen Rania. More information was also revealed about the court case between Sheikh Mohammed and Princess Haya; the court said that the Sheikh had threatened the Princess and kidnapped two of his daughters. King Abdullah also addressed the Jordanian people regarding the pandemic.
Queen Rania and her elder daughter, Princess Iman visited Umm Qais; Rania visited Ajloun Forest Reserve later in the month. Saudi Arabia’s Princess Reema was elected to the International Olympic Committee.
Following the blast in Beirut, Lebanon, the King of Jordan sent medical aid to Lebanon. Queen Rania of Jordan celebrated her 50th birthday, and Royal Central highlighted some of her work.
President Donald Trump awarded Kuwait Emir, Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, the Legion of Merit; the Emir sadly died a few days later at the age of 91. The new Emir, Sheikh Nawaf Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, was elected the same day, and he was sworn in on 30 September as the late ruler was laid to rest.Embed from Getty Images
King Salman of Saudi Arabia also made his UN debut in September.
The quest to free kidnapped Dubai Princess Latifah continues, and we spoke to the leaders of the Free Latifah Campaign.