Ritz Carlton, a luxury Saudi prison, takes Valentine's Day bookings

2018-01-15 15:04
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Saudi Arabia Ritz Carlton (Photo: AP)

Dubai — The Ritz Carlton in Saudi Arabia's capital may be reopening its doors in time for Valentine's Day, after serving for several months as a prison for the country's elite caught up in what the government has described as a crackdown on corruption.

The Ritz Carlton's website on Monday, 15 January, showed bookings available beginning 14 February 2018.

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An unidentified call centre employee handling bookings for the hotel says that "Bookings are available from 14 February, but the hotel is not liable if the booking is cancelled. Local authorities might extend the hotel lockout for security reasons."

Sarah Walker-Kerr, a Dubai-based spokeswoman for Marriott, of which the Ritz Carlton is a subsidiary, declined to comment.

Phone lines to the hotel have been cut off since 5 November 2017, when the crackdown began.

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