A Bali holiday fit for a Saudi king

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Saudi King Salman rides on a golf transport with Indonesian President Joko Widodo during their assembly during Merdeka Palace in Jakarta.

Saudi Arabia’s King Salman bin Abdul Aziz al-Saud is visiting Indonesia with a outrageous entourage. After endless shared talks he’s now on holiday on a renouned island of Bali, and has apparently enjoyed a place so much, he’s extended his stay by 3 days.

BBC Indonesian’s Christine Franciska looks during since this unusual revisit has got Indonesians talking.

Open beaches though bamboo fences

The Indonesia revisit is partial of a month-long Asia debate for a king, that includes Malaysia, Brunei, Japan, China and a Maldives.

Media captionKing Salman descended from his craft in style

After attending shared assembly in Jakarta, King Salman flew to Bali on Saturday, on 6 Boeing planes and one Hercules.

He took along a 1,500-strong environment – including 25 princes – and hundreds of tonnes of apparatus and oppulance goods.

When a aristocrat disembarked a craft – around his possess gold-coloured escalator – there were during slightest 2,500 Indonesian troops and troops crew prepared for him to ensure a island.

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He is staying during a oppulance review a few stairs from a beach during Nusa Dua.

Question were being asked about either a beach would be sealed during his visit, as happened on a public beach in southern France dual years ago.

But instead, reports contend a hotel’s supervision built special walkways and erected bamboo fencing lonesome in white fabric to yield privacy.

How about Bali’s semi-naked women statues?

Whenever Muslim leaders from regressive countries go on visits, there is one thing that mostly sparks a debate: do we need to cover exposed statues to honour a guests?

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Bali is home to many statues of Hindu gods and bare-chested women

Last year a Rome museum lonesome adult exemplary bare sculptures in proxy wooden cartons during a revisit by Iranian President Hassan Rouhani.

In Indonesia, a answer is yes, and no.

Some exposed statues in Bogor Palace, where a aristocrat met President Joko Widodo, were lonesome with cloth, as a pointer of honour for a Muslim monarch.

But officials in Bali – a infancy Hindu island in a infancy Muslim nation – pronounced they would not cover adult a entire statues of deities and semi-naked women.

“We’re only going to leave [the statues] as they are, we don’t have to cover adult anything since it is a culture,” Bali internal supervision orator Dewa Mahendra told AFP, adding that a statues “are informative creations” and art.

Intruders armed with poems

He competence have had his privacy, though internal troops did detain dual women who attempted to crack confidence to accommodate King Salman.

One of them, a 41-year-old woman, attempted to enter a St Regis Hotel to give a aristocrat 500-pages of poetry, internal troops told BBC Indonesian.

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A perspective of partial of a drift of a Hilton Bali Resort located in a oppulance review area of Nusa Dua

“This is not a large threat,” pronounced Bali Police arch Insp Gen Petrus R. Golose. “It competence be since there are a lot of media coverage, so people wish to come here and see King Salman.”

Mr Golose pronounced a dual intruders had been sent for psychiatric evaluations.

‘Charming princes’

While fans competence have no fitness removing nearby a king, they could positively petiole some of princes on Instagram, to see what they have been doing.

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Prince Fahad bin Faisal Al Saud posted a reversion print of his prior outing to Bali on Saturday.

Prince Faisal bin Khalid bin Sultan and Prince Abdulrahman bin Badr are active on amicable media, Antara news group reports.

But Prince Fahad bin Faisal Al Saud has been a one receiving a lot of a attention.

He’s not believed to be partial of a entourage, though has visited Bali before and has a frequently updated and sundry Instagram account.

On Wednesday, he posted a video of King Salman’s revisit with a hashtag “Thank we Indonesia”, winning a lot of adore from internet users.

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