Sultan Qaboos bin Said Al Said of Oman was in Leuven for around a week for 'a series of medical checks.' Credit: Wikimedia Commons
Leuven authorities have said that the Sultan of Oman has left the city, which made significant accommodations for his stay, including the total closure of a four-star hotel.
“The sultan was escorted to Zaventem airport on Friday morning,” Leuven Mayor Mohamed Ridouani told Het Nieuwsblad. “He said that he greatly appreciated Leuven’s hospitality.”
Sultan Qaboos bin Said Al Said, the longest-serving leader in the Middle East, came to the Flemish city’s renowned university hospital, UZ Leuven, to undergo a “series of medical checks,” Belgium’s Foreign Affairs Ministry announced in a press release.
The 79-year-old sultan’s reported departure cut his stay short in Belgium to just under a week, in a visit which was initially expected to last for more than a month.
Ahead of their arrival and throughout the week, the sultan and his entourage saw the student city repeatedly hit the headlines, initially with news that the The Fourth four-star hotel had cancelled all new and existing bookings to accommodate the sultan’s arrival.