$400m Makeover for Saddam’s Palace

Kings, presidents and emirs are invited to a former Saddam palace for the Arab League summit in May.

Saddam Hussein’s former palace in Baghdad has been completely renovated in preparation for the historic summit.

The palace, which has a history as tumultuous as the country’s, has been given a $400m makeover. Many hope the gleaming structure will show that Iraq, too, has been restored to its former glory.

Baghdad’s Al Rasheed Hotel has also been renovated.

Al Jazeera’s Jane Arraf reports from the Iraqi capital:

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  1. […] Around $40 million of the allocated $450 million was used to renovate Saddam’s Republican Palace, used as a U.S. embassy and military headquarters after the 2003 invasion, while Al Jazeera put the figure at $400m. […]

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    […] Around $40 million of the allocated $450 million was used to renovate Saddam’s Republican Palace, used as a U.S. embassy and military headquarters after the 2003 invasion, while Al Jazeera put the figure at $400m. […]