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Saudi Arabian Monarch Packs Lifts and Cars on Visit to Indonesia

In addition to a heavy cargo load, King Salman bin Abdul Aziz al-Saud is also accompanied by 1,500 staff.

Apparently not one to travel light, it has been reported that the King of Saudi Arabia is hauling 459 metric tons of luggage along with him on his current tour of Indonesia. As if this wasn’t impressive enough, King Salman bin Abdul Aziz al-Saud arrived in the country on Wednesday for a nine day tour accompanied by an entourage of 1,500 staff.

Adji Gunawan, director of airfreight service operator PT Jasa Angkasa Semesta (JAS), confirmed that the king’s cargo would be split into two separate lots. One shipment of 63 metric tons has already been received at East Jakarta’s Halim Perdanakusuma International Airport (HLP) while the second shipment of 396 metric tons will be sent to Bali, where the king is spending part of his tour.

Gunawan told Indonesian news agency Antara, as quoted by CNN, that JAS has “been officially appointed to handle all [cargo] belonging to the king’s entourage aircraft.”

Among the more unusual items included in the king’s baggage are a couple of free-standing elevators as well as two Mercedes-Benz S600 cars.

As for his considerable cortège, this includes no less than 800 delegates, 25 princes and ten ministers, all of whom will be staying in top-end hotels across Jakarta during the first part of the monarch’s visit. Next week, the king and his crew will decamp to Bali.

Commenting on the state visit, Osama bin Mohammed Abdullah Al Shuaibi, Saudi Arabia’s ambassador to Indonesia, clarified that the king’s itinerary in a press conference earlier this week. “King Salman will be in Jakarta and Bogor, West Java, from March 1 to 3, 2017 to participate in state activities. Then, King Salman and his entourage of about 1.5 thousand people, including 10 ministers and 25 princes will make a visit to Bali from March 4 to 9, 2017,” he said.

The monarch’s visit to Indonesia is part of a wider month-long tour of Asia.

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