More and more women are joining the workforce in Saudi Arabia, official data show, as the Kingdom looks to increase female participation in the workforce as part of its Vision 2030 economic and social reforms.
The Republican chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Senator Bob Corker (R-Tennessee) has threatened to withhold arms sales to Saudi Arabia and other Gulf nations until a diplomatic solution is found with neighboring Qatar.
Four Arab states lead by Saudi Arabia agreed to extend until late on Tuesday a deadline for Doha to comply with a list of demands, as U.S. President Donald Trump voiced concern to both sides about the dispute, according to Reuters and other reports.
Saudi Arabia's push toward privatization is a key component of the government's ambitious Vision 2030 economic and social reform program, and necessary for the Kingdom's goals of diversifying its economy away from petroleum revenue dependency.
Just weeks after a glowing review of a renewed U.S.-Saudi relationship by a top advisor to Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, President Trump delivered a surprising rebuke of the U.S.-Saudi security relationship in an interview with Reuters.
Saudi Arabia's government is ordering its ministries and agencies to review billions of dollars' worth of unfinished infrastructure and economic development projects "with a view to shelving or restructuring them."