A Holiday Fit For A Saudi King Part 2

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A couple of days ago we reported that the luggage for Saudi Arabian King Salman’s 9-day beach holiday in Bali topped an astounding 506 tons.

Here are a few more fascinating details of the trip:

A Bali beach holiday for Saudi Arabia's King Salman and his considerable entourage has turned into a military exercise for host Indonesia. 

  • The octogenarian monarch is bringing an entourage of 1,500, including 25 princes and 10 ministers, aboard nine passenger jets.
  • The Saudis will be guarded by at least 2,500 Indonesian police and military personnel, as well as naval vessels parked offshore.
  • The king's Boeing 747-jet will be met at the airport by his usual gold coloured escalator. Flown in ahead of the visit were two plane loads of cargo, including plates, carpets and two bullet-proof Mercedes. An additional 200 Mercedes limousines have been brought in from Jakarta for the visit.
  • On the white sand beach in front of Bali's St. Regis resort, one in a row of five-star hotels where the Saudis will stay, two metre (7-foot) high screens have been put up to shield guests from prying eyes. A wooden staircase has been built for the royals to access the water.
  • Six Indonesian military ships will be deployed offshore, along with anti-terrorism police and snipers. 

The king's vacations have been controversial at times due to the disruption they tend to cause. He cut short a 2015 French Riviera holiday after local outrage erupted when the public beach at Vallauris was shut and concrete poured on the sand for a temporary elevator.

Bali's business community is hoping the king's visit will encourage more Middle East tourists to visit the "Island of the gods."




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