Saudi King Salman departs from his plane on a golden escalator

  • Saudi King Salman departs from his plane on a golden escalator

Saudi King Salman departs from his plane on a golden escalator

King Salman arrived in Southeast Asia with 500 tons of equipment, two Mercedes Benzes and almost 1,500 people including 25 princes, local Indonesian media reported.

King Salman used a personal escalator to descend from the plane where he was received by the Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak before being whisked away in a heavily guarded convoy for a state ceremony at Malaysia's parliament grounds. King Salman's net worth is estimated to be more than $17 billion.

The king met Indonesian President Joko Widodo at a military airbase in Jakarta, where he landed, and was escorted along a red carpet flanked by guards to a limousine.

Security has been heightened across Indonesia for Salman's trip, especially after several attacks over the last few weeks were blamed on supporters of Islamic State (Isis).

Saudi Arabia has rented 45 trucks to transport King Salman's private luggage, including other logistics, during their stay in Bali. It is the first such visit by a Saudi king to the world's largest Muslim populated country since 1970.

Saudi Arabia's King Salman and Indonesian President Joko Widodo walk under umbrellas in heavy rain upon arrival at the Presidential Palace in Bogor, West Java, Indonesia March 1, 2017.

"This is an extremely historic visit for us", Indonesian cabinet secretary Pramono Anung said before the visit.

Salman will spend six of his nine days in Indonesia vacationing on the resort island of Bali, a predominantly Hindu part of the Indonesian archipelago.

King Salman kicked off his three-week Asian tour in Malaysia earlier this week, and is also set to visit Japan, China and the Maldives. On his first stop in Malaysia, oil giant Saudi Aramco signed a $7 billion deal to take a 50 percent stake in a Malaysian oil refinery.

Saudi Arabia's King Salman bin Abdul Aziz attends a bilateral meeting at the presidential palace in Bogor.