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Las Vegas on the Caspian?
Luxury hotels in Awaza, built using gas revenues and aimed at foreign tourists, have yet to benefit ordinary Turkmens.
Last Modified: 30 Dec 2011 17:31

The Turkmen president says it is his country's answer to Las Vegas. Using the country's copious revenues from oil and natural gas, Awaza is Turkmenistan's multi-billion-dollar beach resort project aimed at attracting foreign tourists to the Caspian Sea coast.

But as Robin Forestier-Walker reports, the luxury fleet of hotels has not yet benefited ordinary Turkmens - a third of whom live in poverty.

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Al Jazeera
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