World Economic Forum 2012 Preview

By Bloomberg Photos - 2012-01-25T16:07:07Z

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World Economic Forum 2012 Preview

Perhaps the most famous annual meeting of global political and business leaders, the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland takes place this year from Jan. 25 to 29. In the days running up to event, workmen scramble to ready the venue as dignitaries trickle into town, sometimes to enjoy a few days of skiing before the jawboning and cocktail parties get under way. This year, the traditionally heavy security detail in Davos will be keeping a close eye on "Occupy WEF" protestors.

Click ahead for a peek into Davos in the days before the conference begins.