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King of Saudi Arabia takes 506 tons of luggage on trip to Indonesia

Most plane passengers worry about going over their baggage allowance, but for Saudi Arabia’s King Salman bin Abdul-Aziz, there is no such worry.

King Salman landed in Jakarta to begin a month-long tour of Asia that has already seen him visit Malaysia. Following this, he will be going to China, Japan and the Maldives.

And he certainly isn’t travelling light.

King Salman arrived in Indonesia with 506 tonnes of luggage, including two Mercedes-Benz S600s and two electric lifts. As well as that, he travelled with an epically sized entourage of 620 people, as well as another 800 delegates including ten ministers and 25 princes.

It will take 27 flights to transport them all to Jakarta, and another nine flights to get them to Bali.

The visit is the first by any Saudi monarch in almost half a century to Indonesia and will see the two nations sign an agreement to fight terrorism. President Joko Widodo of Indonesia also hopes it will prompt closer economic ties.

Salman said he hoped the visit would “contribute to the improvement of the bilateral relationship between our two countries.”

The Indonesian government has said that the country will see about $25 billion (£20 billion) worth of investment during King Salman’s visit.

Saudi Arabia, the world’s biggest oil exporter, is also keen to diversify its economy and move away from a dependence on oil income.

Preparations for the royal visit to Indonesia have been meticulously planned.

Naked statues at the Bogor Palace, one of the presidential palaces of Indonesia, were covered up. Local Indonesia media reported that 150 chefs had been hired to cook for the King’s party, and the Saudi King even had the privilege of having a VIP toilet installed into a major mosque he is going to visit.

Security isn’t light for the Saudi King either. Reportedly, up to 100 security personnel will guard King Salman. As well as that, another 10,000 Indonesia police officers and soldiers will be deployed during the visit.

Previously, the Saudi King has caused controversy in after an elevator was installed on a beach in France in 2015, as well as closing the beach.

However, at a press conference in Jakarta, the Saudi Ambassador to Indonesia assured people that tourist destinations would not be closed for the Saudi royalty.

“There is no special agenda in Bali. King Salman and his entourage will enjoy the natural beauty of the island,” the ambassador said.

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