Saudi King Said to Have Packed 506 Tons of Luggage
For first trip to Indonesia since 1970
By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 1, 2017 10:17 AM CST
Saudi King Salman steps out of his plane upon arrival at Halim Perdanakusuma Airport in Jakarta, Indonesia, Wednesday, March 1, 2017. Salman arrived in the world's largest Muslim nation on Wednesday as...   (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)
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(Newser) – What exactly is a transportable electric elevator? Ask Saudi Arabia's King Salman bin Abdul Aziz: He reportedly packed two of them among the 506 tons of cargo he is said to have taken with him Wednesday on a nine-day trip to Indonesia, the first time since 1970 a Saudi king has stepped foot in the country. Saudi royals aren't exactly known for packing light, and the rumored details of the current baggage come via the airfreight company that says it was hired to handle the cargo, which also is said to include two Mercedes-Benz limos, reports the Washington Post. The BBC notes King Salman will be surrounded by plenty of people as well: An entourage of 620 plus 800 delegates, 25 of whom are princes.

The AFP reports King Salman descended from his plane via escalator in Jakarta, where local media claim 150 chefs have been employed to prepare for a party for the king. The historic visit follows that of Indonesian President Joko Widodo's 2015 trip to Saudi Arabia, and is economic in nature. The AP reports Indonesia is hoping to secure $25 billion of new investments from Saudi Arabia; thus far, the countries' foreign ministers reiterated plans for a $6 billion refinery joint venture in central Java, and Saudi Arabia has pledged $1 billion in development financing. After the work comes play: Salman will spend six of his nine days in the country vacationing on Bali.

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