Aramco Taps Three Banks to Underwrite ‘Largest Ever’ IPO

Saudi Aramco has asked JPMorgan Chase & Co. and Morgan Stanley to assist with its upcoming initial public offering and could call on another bank, HSBC, with access to Chinese investors, according to reports.

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Aramco IPO

Saudi Aramco taps JPMorgan, Morgan Stanley for IPO, HSBC a contender

Oil giant Saudi Aramco has asked JPMorgan Chase & Co and Morgan Stanley to assist with its upcoming mammoth IPO and could call on ...


Travel and Tourism

Sun, Sand, Religious Police: Holidays in Saudi May Be Hard Sell

It’s the day before the grand opening of Shaden, a luxury desert camp in Saudi Arabia where air-conditioned tents look out on sandstone cliffs. A ...


Saudi Women

Remarkable week for Saudi women as females conquer top financial jobs

Three women have been appointed to top jobs in Saudi Arabia’s male-dominated financial sector in the space of just one week, in what marks a ...


Saudi Film

Saudi women gaining a foothold in filmmaking

On the eve of leaving for the US to study animation filmmaking at the University of Missouri for a semester, Bushra Al-Andijani’s professor in Saudi ...



Video: Consumer Price Deflation Hits Saudi Arabia

Saxo Bank Head of Fixed Income Simon Fasdal discusses the Saudi Arabian economy, the dollar and Fed policy. He speaks on "Bloomberg Markets: Middle East." ...



UAE-Saudi relations poised for big leap

A joint retreat between the UAE and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia kicked off on Tuesday in Abu Dhabi where over 150 government officials and ...


U.S.-Saudi Relations

King Salman-McCain talks focus on boosting Saudi-US ties

“McCain met top Saudi officials including King Salman, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Naif, and Foreign Minister Adel Al-Jubeir,” said Johann Schmonsees, a spokesman of the ...



Saudi foreign minister: Iran is the ‘biggest state sponsor of terrorism’

"The Iranians do not believe in the principle of good neighborliness or non-interference in the affairs of others. This is manifested in their interference in Lebanon, Syria, ...



Greek president’s visit shows potential of Saudi ties

Greece has a longstanding relationship with the Arab world and Saudi Arabia in particular. ...



King Salman to visit Indonesia in March with an entourage of 1,500

Saudi Arabia's King Salman will visit Jakarta and Bali on the Indonesian leg of his Asian tour next month, bringing 1,500 people in his entourage ...



Russia names new envoy to Saudi Arabia

Russian President Vladimir Putin has appointed Sergei Kozlov as his country’s ambassador to Saudi Arabia, replacing the present envoy Oleg Ozerov on Monday. ...


King Abdullah Economic City

Shoura wants KAEC port linked to Riyadh-Jeddah land bridge

The Shoura Council asked the Economic Cities Authority (ECA) to ensure that the port of the King Abdullah Economic City (KAEC) be linked with the ...



Creditors of Saudi steel giant agree to $1.7bn debt deal

Creditors of Saudi Arabia's Al Ittefaq Steel Products, the country's largest private sector steel manufacturer, have provisionally agreed to a 6.2 billion riyals ($1.7 billion) ...


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Muslim Women

Generation M: how young Muslim women are driving a modest fashion revolution

More than 40 designers, hailing everywhere from the UK to Saudi Arabia, showcased clothes that weaved culture and religious identity into yards of fabric. ...



Iraqi forces fighting Islamic State set to storm airport, clear way to western Mosul

U.S.-backed Iraqi forces closing in on the Islamic State-held western half of Mosul prepared on Tuesday to storm the airport and a nearby military base ...


Qasem Soleimani

Qasem Soleimani, Iran’s Celebrity Warlord

Soleimani remains the chief strategist of Iran’s external military actions including the fight against the so-called Islamic State in Iraq and Syria. As Iran’s intervention has intensified, ...


Middle East Conflict

Perspective: Donald Trump Will Design a New Middle East

Do you throw your lot in with strongmen who offer the semblance of order but cannot provide lasting stability, or do you double down on ...



Exclusive: CIA-backed aid for Syrian rebels frozen after Islamist attack – sources

CIA-coordinated military aid for rebels in northwest Syria has been frozen since they came under major Islamist attack last month, rebel sources said, raising doubts ...


Anti-ISIS Campaign

Use of weaponized drones by ISIS spurs terrorism fears

Late last month, a pair of Islamic State fighters in desert camouflage climbed to the top of a river bluff in northern Iraq to demonstrate ...


U.S. Defense Department

Mattis Takes on the Pentagon Bureaucracy

In a pair of memos to his deputy last Friday, Defense Secretary James Mattis signaled his readiness for battle against an especially entrenched foe—the department’s ...


H.R. McMaster

McMaster needs Senate confirmation to keep 3 stars

His job, like virtually all those in the West Wing of the White House, doesn't need Senate approval. But his decision to remain on active ...



Suicide bombers in Pakistan kill five in attack on court

Suicide bombers attacked a court complex in Pakistan on Tuesday, killing five people and wounding 20, police officials said, the latest incident in a new ...


U.S. - Israel

Perspective: Why Netanyahu’s supporters should not celebrate his meeting with Trump

On virtually all of the major issues, Trump’s remarks were at best incoherent, at worst counter to the interests of Netanyahu and his coalition. Netanyahu’s ...



Continued Focus on Economic Reform in Egypt’s Cabinet Reshuffle

The reshuffle included a total of nine ministers, and affected the ministries of Education, Higher Education, Transport, Local Development, Supply, International Cooperation, Investment, Parliamentary Affairs, ...


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