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Saudi hotel owner dries up Cairo bar

A Saudi businessman who owns the Grand Hyatt hotel in Cairo has taken alcohol off the menu. The hotel bar now serves coffee to its very few customers. The only place in the luxury hotel that still serves alcoholic drink is the separately owned Hard Rock cafe. Ordinarily in Cairo tourist-oriented hotels feature drinks bars for foreigners and some Egyptians, so the decision to close a bar to sales of alcohol and destroy its stock of an estimated million dollars worth of high-end booze has been controversial. For more, see here.

Posted by David Fahey on July 21, 2008 at 11:10 AM in Alcohol (general), Drinking Spaces, Egypt, Saudi Arabia | Permalink