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Saudi King lands in Indonesia in luxurious style

The king of Saudi Arabia is reportedly shipping an enormous amount of cargo for his forthcoming visit to Indonesia from March 1 to 9.

According to reports the freight company is handling 506 U.S. tons of cargo for King Salman bin Abdulaziz al-Saud and his staff. Among the hefty items are a pair of Mercedes-Benz limos and two elevators.

In addition to 620 people in the king’s entourage, 800 other representatives are expected to descend on the country at varying times.

King Salman bin Abdul Aziz al-Saud is in Jakarta from Wednesday as part of a month-long Asia tour that includes Malaysia, Brunei, Japan, China and the Maldives.

It is quite common for monarchs and heads of states to travel with luxury goods and a huge numbers of people; for some Indonesians it’s all quite lavish.

“A lot of Indonesians feel proud of King Salman and his luxurious lifestyle. I am more proud with our President Jokowi and his modesty,” said one user on Twitter, referring to President Joko Widodo’s famous  man-of-the-people style.

The last time a Saudi king went to Indonesia was in 1970, when King Faisal bin Abdul Aziz met President Suharto on his state visit to Jakarta.

King Salman’s visit comes after President Widodo visited Saudi Arabia in 2015 to promote Indonesia as an investment destination.