Balinese Hindu local security 'Pecalang' stand guard during a rehearsal ahead of the arrival of Saudi Arabia's King Salman in Nusa Dua, Indonesia yesterday. -AFP
Luxury hotels have been booked out and security forces deployed across Bali as the resort island geared up yesterday for the arrival of Saudi King Salman on the latest leg of his extravagant Indonesian tour. Hundreds of top-end cars and SUVs are ready to transport the king, who arrives Saturday, and his vast entourage, while 396 tons of equipment has been flown in to the popular holiday island for the visit.
Salman is leading a 1,000-strong delegation, including princes and ministers, on the first visit by a Saudi Arabian monarch to the world's most populous Muslim-majority country in almost half a century. He arrived in Jakarta Wednesday for a state visit to an elaborate welcome. After disembarking from his plane on a escalator. - AFP, Denpasar
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