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Saudi King to build Bahrain a $266m medical city

King Abdullah pledges medical city as a gift to the Bahraini people on official visit.

Saudi King to build Bahrain a $266m medical city
ROYAL PLEDGE: Saudi Arabias King Abdullah has promised to build a medical city in Bahrain. (Getty Images)

Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah has pledged to build Bahrain a SR1bn ($266.6m) medical city as a gift to the people, following an official visit to the Gulf state on Sunday.

The city will be called the King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Medical City and will be affiliated to the Arab Gulf University in Bahrain.

Khalid Abdulrahman Al Ohali, university president, told the Gulf Daily News, the medical city would be named after King Abdullah “in recognition of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques' pioneering role in the services of the Arab and Islamic nations.”

No further details were released about the medical city.The Saudi King arrived in Bahrain on Sunday for an official two-day visit to boost bilateral relations.

"King Abdullah's visit is surely an added value to our steadily growing relations. The visit and talks will boost co-operation and consolidate the GCC march," Prime Minister Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa was quoted as saying.

Bahrain presented the Saudi King with a 140-year-old ‘Al Ajrab’ sword during a welcoming ceremony at Sakhir Palace.

The sword previously belonged to King Abdullah’s grandfather Al Imam Turki bin Abdulla Al Saud.

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