Jordan’s King Abdullah II hosts dinner for more than 4,000 Jordanians ahead of royal wedding

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Ahead of the royal wedding between Jordanian Crown Prince Hussein bin Abdullah II and Saudi Arabian citizen Rajwa Al-Saif, King Abdullah II hosted a dinner on May 31 for more than 4,000 Jordanians that includes the country’s festive national dish, mansaf.

Mansaf is a well-known symbol of Jordanian hospitality and camaraderie, and was recently inscribed into UNESCO’s Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity list.

The event – which took place in the Madareb Bani Hashem at the Royal Hashemite Court – “will celebrate Jordan’s diverse social fabric and demonstrate the royal family’s profound respect for each segment of Jordanian society,” according to a press release released ahead of the occassion.

The invitee list included members of the Royal Hashemite family, representatives of the nation’s esteemed tribes, members of Jordan’s Circassian and Chechen communities, as well as officials from civil society organizations, businesspersons, youth figures, former and current government officials, and army and security agency personnel.

The crown prince and Al-Saif will be married at Zahran Palace in a religious ceremony. The couple will then move to Al-Husseiniya Palace in a motorcade procession for the wedding reception, which will feature a diverse lineup of performers paying tribute to the crown prince’s military career, his bride’s Saudi Arabian heritage and traditional Jordanian artistry.

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