Light reflects on rolling dunes surrounding the “Riyadh Oasis”, a luxury retreat in the Thumamah desert on the outskirts of the Saudi capital, on February 1, 2021. – Well-heeled Saudis frolic in an artificial oasis built on salmon-coloured dunes, splashing cash domestically in a year-long pandemic lock-in that dovetails with government efforts to discourage citizens from splurging overseas. (Photo by FAYEZ NURELDINE / AFP)

Luxury oasis draws elite Saudis locked in by pandemic

Well-heeled Saudis frolic in an artificial oasis built on salmon-coloured dunes, splashing the cash after a year-long pandemic lock-in that dovetails with efforts to discourage citizens from splurging overseas. Coronavirus…

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Return of Thais from Bahrain suspended after consular official gets COVID-19

The repatriation of Thais from Bahrain, as well as consular services at the Thai Embassy in Bahrain’s capital, Manama, have been suspended until August 22nd after a Bahraini official in…

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