Lavish Arab wedding in Australia wows spectators, irks residents

The groom arrived in a local park by helicopter with his wedding entourage, stepping onto a red carpet

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An extravagant wedding of a deputy mayor of Arab descent in Australia on Saturday made headlines - but some residents felt less comfortable as the opulent celebration closed off roads.

Salim Mehajer
Salim Mehajer

Deputy mayor Salim Mehajer of Auburn – a suburb in the Australian city Sydney, had a fleet of limousines, four helicopters, luxury cars including a Ferrari and several Lamborghinis, and a squad of motorbikes to take part in his very lavish wedding.


Mehajer who arrived in a local park by helicopter with his wedding entourage, stepping onto a red carpet where he was greeted by cameras will be facing a large bill because his wedding caused traffic hassles, 7 News Sydney news reported.


Before the wedding, residents were warned in a letterbox drop on Friday night to park on their own properties and to leave the street clear of vehicles, Sydney Morning Herald.

They were also warned that any cars left parked illegally on the road would be “towed and removed by police.”

However, the police said they were only at the street to control traffic and the large crowd.

Numerous residents contacted Auburn’s councilor Irene Simms to urge her to prepare a motion inquiring about the arrangements for the wedding.

“I wish him every happiness in his marriage but this is not the way to make friends with your neighbors,” Simms, who said Mehajer was given an approval to land a helicopter in the local park, told Sydney Morning Herald.

On social media, Mehajer vowed to make his special day “AUSTRALIAS BEST WEDDING.”

He also a jet flyover and a plane towing a sign announcing his marriage with a love heart.

Watch Salim's pre-wedding video:

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