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Inside Lavish Saudi King Salman’s Insanely Luxurious Foreign Tours

Saudi Arabia's King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud is on a month-long diplomatic tour of the Asian-Pacific region and the diplomatic pomp has been ramped up to new levels of indulgence and comfort.

Golden escalators, 1000-person entourages and luxury to the nth degree. It’s all in the line of duty for Saudi Arabia’s billionaire King Salman bin Abdulaziz al Saud.

The Lockheed C-130 Hercules usually sees action cargo tanks and field artillery over international distances.

As part of Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz al Saud’s fleet, however, the military-grade aircraft is reportedly used to haul an estimated 500 tonnes of royal luggage, loaded with 2 limousines and a pair of golden escalators.


Saudi Arabia’s King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud is on a month-long diplomatic tour of the Asian-Pacific region and the diplomatic pomp has been ramped up to new levels of indulgence and comfort.

On the King’s schedule is Malaysia, Indonesia, Brunei, Japan, China and the Maldives as he travels in an official capacity with a 600 strong delegation of princes, generals and Saudi minders.

The lavish extent of the King’s diplomatic spending and opulent lifestyle have been revealed, here are some of our favorite indulgences the king could just not do without…

Adji Gunawan of airfreight firm PT Jasa Angkasa Semesta told Antara  News his company employed a  sum total of 572 workers to deal with the Saudi king’s luggage, including personal holiday items, cars and clothes.

King Salman’s 1,500-strong entourage numbers 25 princes, 10 ministers and at least 100 bodyguards aside military generals and assorted minders and fixers, with a net worth well $100 billion

6 Boeing passenger jets were chartered in order to transport the King’s entourage of 1,500 people,  for the trip — the fleet includes his personal 747 plane, painted in gold in course.

The Saudi king is visiting some Asian nations for first time in 46 years and it comes at a crucial moment for the economic future between Saudi Arabia and emerging Asian nations, many with large Muslim populations.

Saudi Arabia is prioritizing a reducution in its dependence on oil revenues.While crude oil prices have improved from their low in 2015 and 2016, Malaysia, Indonesia, Brunei, and Maldives are geopolitical targets for the kingdom as Sunni Muslim majorities.

As foreign policy has grown unpredictable and unstable since the inauguration of Donald Trump, Saudi Arabia looks to China and Japan as geopolitical counterweights in the Middle East.

The diplomatic outreach to the Asia-Pacific follows a pattern of dynamis since King Abdullah’s death in 2015.

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King Salman is not the only leader with a high lifestyle cost and expensive tour tag. When Barack Obama visited Senegal, South Africa and Tanzania in 2013 he was accompanied by 56 support vehicles and several hundred U.S. Secret Service agents.