Las Vegas on the Caspian?

Luxury hotels in Awaza, built using gas revenues and aimed at foreign tourists, have yet to benefit ordinary Turkmens.

    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


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