Saudi king arrives in Antalya for G-20 summit, welcomed by convoy of luxury cars

Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz arrived in the coastal Turkish province of Antalya for the upcoming G-20 summit on Thursday with a large convoy of luxury cars transferring him to the hotel he had booked.
The king, who is accompanied by a 1,000-member delegation, landed at the Antalya Airport with his private jet around 5 p.m. The king was welcomed by Prince Alwaleed bin Talal who earlier arrived in the city with a convoy of some 60 luxury hours before the kingand’s arrival. Economy Minister Nihat Zeybekandci also welcomed the king at the airport.

Two helicopters were also ready on the airport apron for the king but he was transferred to his hotel by land. Security measures were stepped up in the kingand’s route to the Mardan Palace Hotel with special forces teams and police.

The 560-room hotel and villa complex, branded as one of the most luxurious hotels in the world, will be closed to other guests for 18 days since the king had rented the entire hotel in Antalya for his stay in the popular tourist destination
Mardan Palace was acquired last week by Turkeyand’s Halkbank. Built by Russian Azerbaijani businessman Telman Ismailov at a cost of $1.4 billion in 2009, the flashy complex has been put up for sale by an Antalya bankruptcy court for TL 207 million worth of debt that Ismailov owed to another lender, Garanti Bankasi.
King Salman, head of one of the worldand’s richest royal families, rented every room in the Four Seasons Hotel in Georgetown for himself and his entourage during a visit to Washington in September.
The kingand’s luxurious taste stirred protests in France this summer, when more than 100,000 people signed a petition against the closure of a beach on the French Riviera to allow the monarch to holiday in private.

SOURCE: TODAY’S ZAMAN

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