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Jeddah setback should spur Changi onwards

Changi Airports International should hasten to tap opportunities in other fast-growing markets

At around the same time a team from Changi was preparing to open a new airport in Jeddah, scores of Saudi princes, ministers and business tycoons were rounded up and detained in The Ritz-Carlton, Riyadh.

The luxury hotel, which became a holding place for the kingdom's elite after the unprecedented crackdown last November by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman - who was named heir to the throne in June - resumed normal business just last weekend.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on February 26, 2018, with the headline 'Jeddah setback should spur Changi onwards'. Print Edition | Subscribe