Saudi King Salman made a unique touchdown in Indonesia descending from his plane on a golden escalator. He was accompanied by 1,500 personnel along with 459 tons of luggage and equipment, including two luxury cars. Do kings need to display such crass wealth?
Saudi Arabia’s King Salman on Wednesday landed at a military airbase in the capital of Indonesia, the world’s largest Muslim-majority country, from a golden escalator.
The Saudi Monarch was accompanied by an entourage that Indonesian officials have said could number up to 1,500. They include 25 princes and several government officials. His party has brought 459 tons of luggage and equipment, including two luxury cars.
The visit is the first by a Saudi King in nearly five decades and will see the two nations sign a pact to combat terrorism, according to the Saudi envoy to Indonesia.
Two escalators and two Mercedes Benz S600s were included among the travel essentials for his three day visit to the capital, Jakarta, which will be followed by six days of “relaxing” in the popular holiday resort of Bali.
King Salman and his entourage will be staying in four luxury hotels in central Jarkata, with about 10,000 security personnel deployed to protect them.
More than 150 chefs are on hand to provide 24/7 halal Middle Eastern and local food, including grilled seafood and exotic fruits.
He may be a King, but such shameful display of wealth is repulsive to say the least