Saudi Arabia’s King Salman bin Abdulaziz al-Saud has been touring Asia … and his latest stop in Japan was pure luxury.
The 81-year-old king made it to Japan with a massive entourage, bringing along two golden escalators and 100 limousines. Approximately 10 aircraft were required for the transportation, according to Japan Times.
The king also booked 1,000 rooms in Tokyo’s most luxurious hotels for the four day (three nights) stay, which will come to an end Wednesday.
The visit marks the first to Japan for a Saudi king in 46 years, since King Faisal’s visit in 1971.
It’s not the first for King Salman though, as he visited Japan in 2014 when he was still crown prince.
The two countries go way back.
“I feel a deep connection to Saudi Arabia. My grandfather, Nobusuke Kishi, made efforts to deepen the ties between Japan and Saudi Arabia,” said Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, in a statement.
“When he visited Saudi Arabia in 1970, he directly approached King Faisal about visiting Japan. When the King visited Japan, he had a meal with my grandfather at his private residence in Gotemba,” he said.
The trip is part of a month-long Asia tour, including Indonesia, Malaysia, Brunei, China and the Maldives. The kingdom is seeking investment as part of its plan to diversify its economy.
Japan’s Prime Minister sought the king’s support for a share listing of Saudi’s Aramco on the Tokyo Stock Exchange, according to Arab News.
The state-owned oil giant is planning what is being dubbed as the “world’s biggest initial public offering” – which could value the company at $2 trillion.
Saudi Arabia is considered to be Japan’s largest provider of oil exports, which makes its interest in the share listing all the more attractive.
The two countries are working to strengthen their ties.
Yoshihide Suga, Japan’s Chief Cabinet Secretary, said the two will discuss “growth strategy, including our ‘Saudi vision’ project,” referencing the country’s collaboration with Vision 2030.
In 2016, the two country’s joined forces as they launched a $25 billion private fund for technology investments.
The king’s Asian tour has been getting quite a lot of media attention, with his nine-day trip to Indonesia making international headlines.
That trip was nothing short of luxury, as the 81-year-old king carried with him over 400 tons of luggage, including two Mercedes-Benz Limousines and two free standing electric lifts.
The king traveled with some1,500 people, including ten ministers, 800 delegates and 25 princes, according to CNN.
According to the BBC, the Indonesian government was anticipating $25 billion worth of investment during the king’s visit, part of which amounts to $6 billion from Aramco, Saudi Arabia’s oil company.