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.

Source: Al Jazeera