G20: Saudi Arabia Crown Prince touches down

THE Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia last night arrived on the Gold Coast after touching down in Brisbane ahead of the highly anticipated G20. 

Due to declining health, King Abdullah, 90, who is currently ranked the worlds eighth most powerful person with a personal fortune of $18 billion will not be attending this years international summit.

Instead, his brother Crown Prince Salman Bin Abdulaziz, 79, arrived just after 9pm and was greeted on the tarmac by Queensland Premier Campbell Newman and Stuart Robert MP. 


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Queensland Premier Campbell Newman & Stuart Robert MP welcoming the crown prince of Saudi Arabia to G20. PICTURE: Stuart Robert MP

The Crown Prince’s presidential motorcade made its way down the Pacific Motorway to the ritzy InterContinental Sanctuary Cove Resort at Hope Island shortly after 9.30pm.

The Saudi arrival came just minutes after the Brazilian delegation touched down with president Dilma Rousseff around 9pm.

Turkish delegates were also expected to touch down overnight, before the arrival of a further dozen world leaders today, including dignitaries from South Korea, India, Indonesia, Canada, Japan, Spain, Germany, and China.

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Brazilian delegation arriving at Brisbane International Airport on Thursday night. PICTURE: Brisbane Airport

Russian President Vladimir Putin is expected to be one of the last arrivals this evening before Australia welcomes the president of the United States of America tomorrow morning.

It’s tipped to be quite the spectacle when the dignitaries are escorted to their hotels in presidential motorcades with huge security detail.