Saudi King Blows $100m on Single Vacation

King Salman (middle) pictured in Tangier, Morocco earlier this month

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Saudi Arabia’s king has splashed $100 million on what is unarguably the world’s most expensive holiday.
King Salman travelled in style to his favourite holiday spot, Tangier, in the north west of Morocco, along with an entourage of more than 1,000, who were booked into luxury hotels.
The king himself stayed in his 74-acre summer palace, one of his many properties around the world, which boasts lavish restaurants, and impressive views of the sea.
Expenses during the month-long break included more than 200 cars, Israel’s Haaretz newspaper reports.
The 81-year-old’s summer palace has been renovated extensively over the past 12 months, with helipads among the features added.
According to reports in Morocco, King Salman’s trip accounts for 1.5 percent of the country’s foreign tourism revenue.
When he arrived at the Ibn Battouta Airport, the king was greeted by Moroccan Prime Minister Saadeddine Othmani.
King Salman opted to go on vacation at a time of high tension in the Gulf, with Saudi Arabia locked in a political row with Qatar which has seen transport links to Doha severed since June.