Descending regally from his private plane in a customised gold-coloured escalator, Saudi Arabia's King Salman bin Abdulaziz al Saud began the first visit in nearly 50 years of a Saudi leader to the world's most populous Muslim nation, Indonesia, on Wednesday.
The king was accompanied by an entourage of up to 1,500 people, including more than 700 delegates, 10 ministers and 25 princes. It is the first such visit by a Saudi king to the world's largest Muslim populated country since 1970.
The 81-year-old was greeted by president Joko Widodo and Jakarta governor Basuki Tjahaja Purnama, a Christian who is standing trial for blasphemy.
Saudi King Salman (left) and Indonesian President Joko Widodo (right) wave to the media during their meeting in West Java.. According to BBC, the freight firm said it took 27 flights to transport them all to Jakarta, while nine flights would take them to Bali.
"This is an extremely historic visit for us", Indonesian Cabinet Secretary Pramono Anung told local media before King Salman's visit.
Business deals could be announced, and a series of cooperation memoranda are also set to be signed on issues ranging from security, to health and education during the three-day visit to Jakarta.
They are tolerated in part because Indonesia wants to at least maintain its annual quota of citizens who can enter Saudi Arabia to participate in the hajj to Islam's holiest city.Aside from a common faith, Saudi Arabia employs hundreds of thousands of Indonesians despite a government ban on sending domestic workers there following the execution of an Indonesian maid in 2011. He is also set to embark on a holiday to Bali for five days and the trip has garnered much attention for the luxury goods he is taking with him.
Salman kicked off his three-week Asian tour in Malaysia earlier this week, and is also set to visit Japan, China and the Maldives.