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Ritz Carlton: This Riyadh hotel has suddenly become world's most exclusive

On Sunday, the property was shut tight, its massive gates uncharacteristically closed, without a security guard in sight


The gates are shut, the phone line is perpetually busy and you can’t book a room until February 1. The Riyadh Ritz-Carlton has suddenly become very exclusive — and by popular account, a luxury prison. Earlier this week, just as Saudi Arabia declared an anti-corruption purge that targeted some of the kingdom’s wealthiest and most powerful men, guests were booted out and reservations were cancelled. Travel agents were told the palatial compound had been taken over for government use. Saudis gleefully shared screenshots showing the hotel as fully booked, because ...

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First Published: Thu, November 09 2017. 22:25 IST