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Luxury oasis draws elite Saudis locked in by pandemic

Sumary of Luxury oasis draws elite Saudis locked in by pandemic:

  • A woman checks her phone in an outdoor seating area at the “Riyadh Oasis”, a luxury retreat in the Thumamah desert on the outskirts of the Saudi capital, on February 1, 2021…
  • Fayez Nureldine/AFP RIYADH – Well-heeled Saudis frolic in an artificial oasis built on salmon-colored dunes, splashing the cash after a year-long pandemic lock-in that dovetails with efforts to discourage citizens from splurging overseas…
  • The coronavirus hobbled Saudi Arabia’s plans to boost tourism and entertainment, new sectors central to a strategy to diversify the oil-reliant economy…
  • The Riyadh Oasis — a high-end desert retreat with palm-fringed pools, pop-up restaurants and luxury tents — seeks to lure Saudi high-rollers barred since the start of the pandemic from their usual overseas escapades, amid some of the world’s most stringent coronavirus measures…
  • The sprawling retreat, billed as a “five-star winter sanctuary”, marks the latest government attempt to reverse a decades-old trend of Saudis spending billions of dollars abroad annually…
  • said a Saudi guide, ushering in guests arriving at the retreat on the outskirts of Riyadh, in a fleet of luxury cars, from Bentleys to Maseratis…
  • “The oasis caters to Saudi HNWs (high net worth individuals), targeting those who could not visit the US or Europe for their annual jaunts,”..
  • For decades, citizens of Saudi Arabia and other Gulf petro-states were seen as top-spending clientele in Europe, largely because of a dearth of entertainment options at home….

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