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Kuwait ruler departs to UK on private visit

Kuwait ruler departs to UK on private visit

He is being accompanied by two senior officials

The Emir of Kuwait, Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, left the country on a private visit to the UK on Tuesday, the official Kuwait News Agency (KUNA) reported.

He was accompanied by the deputy president of the National Guard, Sheikh Mishal Al Ahmad Al Jaber Al Sabah as well as the president of Amiri Protocols Sheikh Khaled Al Abdullah Al Sabah Al Nasser Al Sabh.

The duration of the visit was not disclosed.

Muslims around the world are currently celebrating the Eid Al Adha festival, which marks the end of the hajj pilgrimage.

The public sector in Kuwait has been given leave from Sunday, August 19 until Thursday, August 23, to mark the occasion.

Work in ministries and government institutes will be halted during the entire week, officials confirmed.

Eid Al Adha, known as the ‘feast of the sacrifice’, honours the willingness of Ibrahim to sacrifice his son to God. Before he could commit the act, God sent an angel to replace the sacrifice with a sheep.

During Eid, Muslims sacrifice an animal in commemoration of this act and divide it into three parts.

One third is for family, one third is for relatives, friends and neighbours and one third is given to the poor and needy.

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