Assets brought in for royal visit back to Saudi Arabia

Two helicopters brought in from Saudi Arabia for King Salman’s visit land in the Republic Square in capital Male during rehearsals for the royal welcoming ceremony. PHOTO: HUSSAIN WAHEED/MIHAARU

In the wake of King Salman bin Abdulaziz of Saudi Arabia postponing his official visit to the Maldives which was scheduled for Saturday, work is now underway to return the goods and assets that were imported for the king’s visit back to Saudi Arabia.

King Salman had planned to visit the Maldives as his final destination during his five-nation tour of Asia. The royal visit was delayed at the last minute due to the swine flu epidemic spreading across the archipelago, according to the local government.

While preparations had been in full swing to receive the king in capital Male during the days preceding the now-delayed visit, three resorts of Kaafu atoll had also been booked for ten days to accommodate the monarch and his accompanying delegation. King Salman had planned to spend five of his six-day visit on vacation in One & Only Reethi Rah resort; the other two resorts are Anantara Kihavah and Sheraton Maldives Full Moon Resort & Spa.

In the days leading up to the anticipated arrival, a huge number of goods were brought to the Maldives via chartered flights of Saudi Arabia for the king’s stay, including food, medical equipment and furniture for his rooms. Modern hospital quarters were also established in One & Only Reethi Rah for the monarch’s use.

“Everything has been packed up. Some have already been returned,” an informed source told Mihaaru.

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Source URL: Mihaaru-News

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