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Al-Waleed Spends $176 Million to Outfit His A380

February 13th, 2008 by BallerRide View Comments


After dropping close to $320 million on his new Airbus A380 jet, Prince Al-Waleed of Saudi Arabia is spending another $176 million on ultra-lavish modifications, including a $60 million gold leaf paintjob. An unnamed German company is customizing the interior of the plane to include:

  • A lounge to seat a traveling entourage of 25 trusted aides;
  • A marble-paneled dining room with seating for 14;
  • A bar with curtains to mimic tents of the Arabian Desert;
  • A fiber-optic mosaic that will depict a shifting desert scene;
  • A movie theatre with plush leather seats the color of sand dunes;
  • A series of bedrooms linked to stewardesses by intercom;
  • A gym with Nautilus equipment and running machines; and
  • A large silk bed designed to resemble a Bedouin tent that will be the centerpiece of the plane’s interior.

Reports speak of the decor as being “Lawrence of Arabia meets Star Wars.” Al-Waleed’s A380 will be completed in two years, and in the meantime he will cruise in his Boeing 747 Jumbo Jet.

Prince Al-Waleed bin Talal bin Abdul Aziz al-Saud is a cousin of the Saudi Arabian king and one of the richest individuals in the world, with a fortune estimated near $30 billion. His Kingdom Holding Company is one of the world’s largest and most diversified investment firms. Al-Waleed is one of a handful of individuals to own an A380, the world’s largest commercial airliner.

[News.Scotsman via Luxist]

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  • joy

    Let him enjoy it .
    He has a premetive soul and needs a lot more reincarnations to understand the truth . although he gives 100 million a year to charity and god bless him for that but he is at the door step of soul evolution . poor guy has a long way to go .

  • Malhasg

    why is all this ..does it satisfy a sick ego? if he donates the money to somal he will feel better i am sure

  • Warrentrout

    he does not give a shit about poor people, even muslims

  • Rukhsana Shakir

    assalam alycum i need your help urgently prince please call me 03362542950 my Id on yahoo is rukhsana.shakir@yahoo,com

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