A luxury Saudi hotel which has been a detention centre for dozens of princes and top officials held in a corruption drive since November is to reopen.

The five-star Ritz-Carlton in Riyadh is taking bookings again from February, after being in lockdown since the surprise round-up of senior figures.

Some of the detainees have reached settlements and been released, including Prince Miteb bin Abdullah, once seen as a contender to the throne.

A spokesman at the Ritz-Carlton confirmed the hotel was taking reservations from mid-February but with the proviso that bookings might still be cancelled at short notice.

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Many ordinary Saudis have welcomed the move to tackle corruption with the hope that some of their nation’s oil wealth will be redistributed to the general population.