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Saudi authorities take control of another hotel

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Saudi authorities take control of another hotel

A worker at the four-star Courtyard by Marriott in the Saudi capital’s diplomatic quarter confirmed to “Newsweek” that Saudi authorities had commandeered the hotel for their own use, forcing guests to leave.

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“Unfortunately this month is completely fully booked,” the receptionist confirmed, speaking on condition of anonymity, adding that December was unavailable too. An online search confirmed that a suite for December dates was unavailable.

 

"The local higher authorities booked the entire hotel,” she added. “We just received this order yesterday.”

 

When asked if the complex was being used as a second luxury detention center for princes, ministers, billionaire businessmen and officials, the hotel worker was hesitant. “I don’t know,” she said, laughing at the question. “There is nothing sure about that.” She refused to comment on any individuals who had been arriving at the complex in the past 24 hours.

 

The move comes after guests at the 52-acre Ritz-Carlton hotel were told to leave, before a video surfaced showing individuals sleeping on the floor of the complex’s Ballroom with armed guards present. The footage fueled speculation about the whereabouts of those detained and heightened interest in the luxury prison.

 

Late Saturday, the Saudi government embarked on the arrest of dozens of people it accused of corruption, including not only members of its own royal family but billionaire members of the ruling elite, such as investor Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, who boasts a net worth of around $18 billion and stakes in Citigroup and 21st Century Fox.

 

Other figures arrested included former Riyadh Governor Prince Turki bin Abdullah and former Finance Minister Ibrahim al-Assaf.

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