Superfluous Saudi King Brings Limos, Escalators, Entourage of 1,500 on Asia Tour

King Salman of Saudi

Saudi Arabia’s King Salman Abdulaziz Al Saud kicks off his visit to Indonesia on Wednesday (Mar 1) on the second leg of his month-long, six-nation tour in Asia.

According to reports, around 1,500 people including 10 ministers and 25 princes and an estimated 100 security personnel are accompanying him on the trip which is also seen as a “logistical feat” in transporting, housing and feeding them. It will take them 27 flights to get into Indonesia, and nine flights to depart.

Along with the entourage, there are “459 tonnes of cargo, two electric escalators to help them on and off airplanes, two Mercedes Benz S600s and vast amounts of halal food”, Dow Jones reported citing a Saudi official. Air freight firm Pt Jasa Angkasa Semesta said it would need more than 570 workers to handle the cargo. Read full in

“and eat and drink but waste not by extravagance, certainly He (Allaah) likes not Al-Musrifoon (those who waste by extravagance)”
[al-A’raaf 7:31]

‘Umar (may Allaah be pleased with him) said: By Allaah, if I wanted I could wear the finest clothes among you, and eat the best food, and have the most luxurious life. But I heard that Allaah will condemn people for some of their actions and said (interpretation of the meaning):

“You received your good things in the life of the world, and you took your pleasure therein. Now this Day you shall be recompensed with a torment of humiliation, because you were arrogant in the land without a right, and because you used to rebel against Allaah’s Command (disobey Allaah)”
[al-Ahqaaf 46:20]