111-year-old Saudi shares secrets, memories

“I eat dates and drink camel milk,” 111-year-old Khunaifar Al Dhiyabi, a Saudi national, said when asked about the secret of his long life. Al Dhiyabi said he got married twice and had seven daughters and four sons.

His daily routine is very simple. “I wake up early for the Fajr prayer. I then spend the day with the family and the camels. There is nothing out of the ordinary. And my advanced age is not an exception in the family. My aunt was much older when she passed away and her memory was very good till her death.”

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Delving into the deep past, he recalled the hardships people had to brave to perform Haj and Umrah. “It was quite a challenge with trips taking more than two months. I myself performed Haj three times riding camels. During one of the pilgrimages, I met King Abdul Aziz Al Saud, the founder of Saudi Arabia. We were on Mount Arafat and we greeted him. We used to refer to him as the Imam. He was a very pious man.”

Source Credit: Khaleej Times
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