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(Sabah Newspaper, 13 May 2011)
More than 10,000 officials of state and civilian organizations from 48
countries attending the 'Least Developed Nations Conference',
representing more than one billion people who live on less than one
dollar per day, have left their mark on Istanbul's luxury stores and
night life. The representatives, who came together for an event organized
by the United Nations to discuss the problems of the poorest nations,
filled up five-star hotels, the most expensive restaurants and nightclubs,
eating, drinking and enjoying themselves.
Some of them went to Turkey's most famous nightclub, Reina, to have
a lobster-champagne party costing 20,000 dollars, while others shopped
their hearts out at the Covered Bazar and in boutique stores of fashion
brands in famous shopping centers. In fact, there were some representatives
who came to Istanbul but didn't participate in any meeting and instead went
to Capadocia and the south shore. In other words, the country representa-
tives who came to Turkey to talk about the problems of the poorest people
painted a picture completely contrary to the reason for their visit.
However, Istanbul's restaurant and night club managers, as well as the
hotels and merchants, were quite pleased with the summit.