Inside the Saudi Kings 1,500-Person Entourage in Moscow

Saudi  King Salman bin Abdulaziz  brought 1, 500 people, the golden escalator  and his own carpets and rugs on his historic, four-day state trip to Russia, a person familiar with the matter stated.

The 81-year-old chief of the Gulf kingdom exited their plane late Wednesday and walked out onto the special escalator he travels with. But some thing went wrong: It malfunctioned midway down, and he had to walk all of those other way. A cavalcade of vehicles sped the monarch to the middle of the city, flanked by Ruskies police escorts.

During the first visit to Russia with a Saudi monarch, the two countries have previously struck a deal on weapons sales plus discussed ways to continue to cooperate upon stabilizing the oil market. So that as they have done in other cities, the particular Saudis made themselves at home within Moscow.

A Saudi plane is traveling every day between Riyadh and Moscow to move supplies, said the person, who said  that 800 kilograms (1, 764 pounds) of food has been introduced. Members of the royal entourage furthermore replaced some of the hotel staff using their own personnel, who know precisely how they like their coffee produced, the person said. King Salman, who’ s staying at the Four Months, also came with his own furniture.

The Saudi government reserved two entire luxury hotels for the go to: the Ritz Carlton and the 4 Seasons. The latter had to ask a few guests to cancel their bookings to make room— and even moved out there people who live in the hotel completely, people familiar with the matter said.

Members of the delegation associated with Saudi Arabia before the talks within Moscow, Russia on  Oct. five, 2017.  
Photographer: Dmitry Azarov/Kommersant through Getty Images

A doorman dressed in red-colored livery at the Four Seasons mentioned the entire hotel was booked via Oct. 8 and wasn’ to open to the public.

Associates from the Ritz and Four Months declined to comment. The Regal Court in Riyadh didn’ to respond to a request for comment on dimension of the delegation.

Oughout. S. presidents also travel along with large entourages, including a bullet-proof limousine and a Secret Service safety force, and sometimes also guide entire hotels. Former U. T. President  Barack Obama  stayed in the Ritz in Moscow during a this year trip, and President Donald Trump also stayed there in 2013 for the Miss Universe contest which he owned.

The bill for fully reservation the two hotels during the visit might run about $3 million, excluding what the delegation will spend on solutions, restaurant meals and spa remedies, said Vadim Prasov, vice chief executive of the Federation of Restaurateurs plus Hoteliers of Russia.