Saudi King Salman and entourage of 900 people make milestone visit to Indonesia
Not for almost half a century has Saudi Arabia’s King graced Indonesia with his presence, but that’s all about to change, in a big way.
King Salman bin Abdul Aziz al-Saud will begin an official visit to Jakarta today before heading to Bali, a surprising choice of holiday destination for a conservative Muslim.
The King’s entourage will total 900 people, including princes, ministers and businessmen.
They’ve reportedly already sent more than 500 tonnes of luggage, including four limousines and even electric escalators.
“How many planes? I don’t know,” the Saudi ambassador to Indonesia, Osama Mohammad Abdullah Alshuaibi said.
“But I believe there will be three parking in Bali, three I think will park in Halim airport [in Jakarta].”
During a press conference at the Saudi embassy in Jakarta, attended by the ABC, the ambassador said the King’s six days in Bali would not disrupt the holiday island, a signal bikini-clad women could still roam free.
But this is a visit with a far wider impact than Bali’s indiscretions to the Muslim eye; billions of dollars are at stake and there will be a heavy focus on Islamic education and culture.
“We have a long cultural relationship with Indonesia,” Mr Alshuaibi said, stressing the importance of teaching Arabic in Indonesian schools.
Indonesia’s police chief has guaranteed the embassy 9,000 police officers will be assigned to provide security for the King and his men during the visit.
The nations are expected to sign 10 memorandums of understandings, with the visit estimated to be worth more than $US20 billion ($26 billion).
“The King’s entourage will total 900 people, including princes, ministers and businessmen. They’ve reportedly already sent more than 500 tonnes of luggage, including four limousines and even electric escalators.”
disgusting waste of money..
“the ambassador said the King’s six days in Bali would not disrupt the holiday island, a signal bikini-clad women could still roam free.”
hes going to bali!!..excuse me whilst i double over laughing..
so women can wear a bikini and thats regarded as sort of controversial because we all know how much the sauds hate women..