Hilarious, but awkward moment when a Saudi king’s GOLDEN elevator jams

Think flying first class or private jets are a sign of luxury living? The king of Saudi Arabia has that beat.

King Salman bin Abdulaziz al Saud not only flies on a private plane, he exits the jet on a golden escalator.

But on a historic trip to Russia, the 81 year-old monarch did not exactly make the grand entrance he had hoped for. As he stepped on to the gilded steps of the escalator to deplane at Moscow’s Vnukovo airport, the customized transport broke down.

The king stood on the non-moving step for a few seconds, robes blowing in the breeze, apparently unaccustomed to the idea of walking down the steps.

King Salman is “known for his extravagant trips abroad, travelling with a 1,500-strong entourage, two Mercedes Benzes and 459 tonnes of luggage,” The Telegraph reported. His arrival in Moscow marked the first official visit of a Saudi monarch to Russia as he met with President Vladimir Putin “and signed a slew of arms and energy deals.”

“This is the first visit by a Saudi Arabian monarch in the history of our relations and that in itself is a landmark event,” Putin said, according to The Telegraph.

A momentous occasion, indeed. But perhaps upstaged by his un-glamorous arrival.

On the internet, the moment was a winner.

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Frieda Powers


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