Mohammed bin Salman

A new book lifts the lid on Mohammed bin Salman’s jaw-dropping excess

PHOTO: Mohammed bin Salman (left) – favoured son of the recently crowned King Salman of Saudi Arabia – is at only 29 already the power behind the throne of a country that banned alcohol, dancing and even public interaction between men and women.

The guests arrived by seaplane — a few dozen Middle Eastern men, privileged guests of a host who had paid a mind-boggling $50million (£38million) to hire the tiny island of Velaa for a month to turn it into his private playground in the Maldives.

He had flown in some of the world’s top DJs and rappers to entertain them each night at the beach disco — which had its own snow machine so dancers could gyrate in an artificial blizzard if they so wished — and a host of beautiful women.

Every precaution had been taken to ensure privacy that summer in 2015 as the party took over an Indian Ocean getaway that has been described as one of the world’s ‘most luxurious and expensive destinations’.

The visitors brought their own servants for their more personal needs, while the island hotel’s 300 staff were banned from having mobile phones. In a further guarantee of their discretion, they were each handed a bonus of $5,000 (£3,800) — for many of them, nearly half a year’s salary.

Their generous benefactor had every reason to ensure that what happened on Velaa, stayed on Velaa.

For he was Mohammed bin Salman —favoured son of the recently crowned King Salman of Saudi Arabia — and at only 29 already the power behind the throne of a country that banned alcohol, dancing and even public interaction between men and women.

MBS had flown in some of the world's top DJs and rappers to entertain them each night at the beach disco - which had its own snow machine so dancers could gyrate in an artificial blizzard if they so wished - and a host of beautiful women (pictured: stock photo)

MBS had flown in some of the world’s top DJs and rappers to entertain them each night at the beach disco – which had its own snow machine so dancers could gyrate in an artificial blizzard if they so wished – and a host of beautiful women (pictured: stock photo)

Mohammed bin Salman - favoured son of the recently crowned King Salman of Saudi Arabia - is already the power behind the throne of a country that banned alcohol

Mohammed bin Salman – favoured son of the recently crowned King Salman of Saudi Arabia – is already the power behind the throne of a country that banned alcohol

Bin Salman's 439ft superyacht Serene includes a nightclub complete with poles for dancers

Bin Salman’s 439ft superyacht Serene includes a nightclub complete with poles for dancers

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