Jeddah setback shouldn't stop Changi from spreading its wings

The King Abdulaziz International Airport in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. Changi Airports International's 20-year contract to operate the airport was terminated on Feb 21, 2018. PHOTO: FACEBOOK/KING ABDULAZIZ INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT

SINGAPORE - Around the same time that 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 in November by crown prince Mohammed bin Salman who was named heir to the throne in June 2017, resumed normal business just last weekend.

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