Many Arab and world leaders set to attend King Fahd funeral
Saudis prepared to bury their longest-ruling monarch, Fahd on Tuesday. By Monday afternoon, hotels in Riyadh were packed as Saudis and foreigners flocked to the capital to express their condolences to the royal family and congratulate new king Abdullah. According to The AP, many Arab and world leaders, including the Egyptian, the UAE, Pakistani and Syrian presidents, the Jordanian King, Britain‘s Prince Charles were to attend the ceremony.
Funeral prayers will be led by the kingdom‘s top cleric at a Riyadh mosque and attended by Saudi royals and senior tribal leaders. Fahd will be buried in an unmarked grave at a cemetery alongside previous kings and commoners - the tradition in Wahhabism, which frowns on the visiting of graves of family or revered figures.