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Middle East

Saudi Arabia’s crown prince Mohammed bin Salman takes dozens of selfies

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 25 October, 2017, 3:54am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 28 November, 2017, 10:29am

Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman stopped to take dozens of selfies with an enthusiastic crowd hours after announcing plans for a new city to be built off the coast of the Red Sea.

Surrounded by dozens of attendees, the 32-year-old prince shook hands and took pictures for nearly an hour after the first day of the Future Investment Initiative. The three-day event is being viewed as “coming out party” for Saudi Arabia’s biggest sovereign wealth fund, with the prince trying to drive social and economic change in this tradition-bound nation.

More than 2,500 people have descended upon Riyadh for the conference, which has already seen Saudi strike yet another deal with SoftBank Group Corp’s Vision Fund, this time to provide energy for the new city.

While eager onlookers fought their way to the prince, his security guards tried to instil order on the crowd. “I’m with SoftBank!” shouted one attendee as he struggled to reach his new partner.