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Saudi King Takes 459 Tonnes Of Luggage For Nine-Day Trip To Indonesia

Mel Ramsay

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Saudi King Takes 459 Tonnes Of Luggage For Nine-Day Trip To Indonesia

For most of us, travelling abroad means desperately stuffing underwear into shoes, folding clothes ways they've never been folded before, and trying to decide how many bottles of sunscreen are worth taking. It's all in an attempt to stay under the baggage allowance. No-one likes being charged for going over.

One person who clearly doesn't need to worry about this kind of stuff is Salman bin Abdulaziz al-Saud - the 81-year-old Saudi king.

It's been reported that ahead of his nine-day trip to Indonesia tomorrow, he's packed up a whopping 459 tonnes of luggage. Well, I say he's packed it up. I can't imagine him single-handedly doing that.

Just to put that insane amount of weight into perspective, 459 UK tonnes (506 US tons) is:

  • 3036 American Fridge Freezers
  • Five Blue Whales
  • 10,000 toilets

Interestingly enough, if he was travelling with British Airways he'd be around 10,000 times over their luggage allowance.

So what exactly is he taking? Well, as well as a massive entourage of 620 people and 800 delegates (including ministers and 25 princes) he's taking two Mercedes-Benz s600 limousines and a pair of elevators. Why he needs that, I have no idea.

Airfreight company, Jasa Angkasa Semesta, has been given the unfortunate task of moving all the stuff and has had to dedicate 572 members of staff to the cause.

The Jakarta Post reported that the company's president director, Adji Gunawan, told Antara news agency that 63 tonnes would be unloaded at the Halim Perdanakusuma airport in East Jakarta and the rest would be sent to Ngurah Rai International Airport in Denpasar, Bali.

He simply said: "We have been officially appointed to handle all cargo belonging to the king's entourage aircraft."

It's not just the luggage allowance that's making headlines. This visit will be the first time a Saudi king has visited Indonesia in 46 years.

He's used to the life of luxury as he often spends upwards of $30 million (£24,240,000) on holidays. According to CBS News, he spends a lot of time in the Maldives, where he takes over three full resorts for himself and his entourage.

We don't know exactly how much he's worth, as the family's cash is tied up in the country's assets, but that is an estimated total of more than $1.4 trillion.

I guess he can afford a bit of extra luggage then.

Featured Image Credit: PA Images

Mel Ramsay
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