Saudi conference loses sheen after Khashoggi crisis

Saudi conference loses sheen after Khashoggi crisis

Delegates swooned as a band belted out “Hotel California” on the sidelines of a Saudi investment forum, with organisers projecting it as business as usual despite mass cancellations from global CEOs over critic Jamal Khashoggi’s murder. Multi-billion dollar “mega deals” were declared and sumptuous buffet spreads laid out at the Future Investment Initiative in Riyadh, while delegates rushed to take selfies with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman who received a standing ovation. In 2017, Prince Mohammed dazzled investors with plans for the $500-billion (440-billion-euro) mega city NEOM billed as a regional Silicon Valley, and a talking robot named Sophia was declared a Saudi citizen.

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Source:: Yahoo News

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