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Visa Launches Apple Pay in Saudi Arabia as Executives Continue Probe of Absher App

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Visa on Tuesday launched Apple Pay in Saudi Arabia, allowing its Kingdom-based cardholders to make payments using their Apple devices, according to reports.

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Saudi-Pakistan

Roadmap for $21 Billion Saudi Investment Has Been Finalized

The roadmap for Saudi investment of $21 billion has been finalized. The investment plan has been divided into short term, mid-term and long term investment. ...

 

Saudi-India

Saudi Crown prince’s visit to India will be a landmark event, says Ambassador Ahmad Javed

Ahmad Javed, the Indian ambassador in Riyadh, believes the visit by Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to India will be a landmark event in ...

 

Diplomacy

India-Pakistan crisis: Saudi Arabia aims to de-escalate tensions

Saudi Arabia has said it will work to de-escalate tensions between India and Pakistan, ahead of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman's arrival in Delhi. The prince, ...

 

MBS Asia Tour

Saudi Arabia seeks Asia’s support for its economic makeover

India's business relationship with Saudi Arabia already runs deep and is growing. Trade between the two countries rose about 10% in 2018 to reach $27.5 ...

 

Saudi-Russia

Russia’s Putin, Saudi King ready to continue energy cooperation: Kremlin

Russia’s President Vladimir Putin and Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, in a telephone conversation, voiced their support for continued coordination on the global ...

 

Saudi-Germany

Saudi arms ban continues to divide European partners

The Royal Saudi Air Force is now experiencing a disruption in the service and supply of spare parts, which undermines their contract to deliver another ...

 

U.S.-Saudi Relations

Congress closer to forcing Trump’s hand on Saudi support

Supporters of a measure to cut off U.S. support to Saudi Arabia in Yemen are projecting victory in the coming weeks when the Senate takes ...

 

SAMI

Saudi’s military company eyes $10 billion revenue in next five years

State-owned Saudi Arabian Military Industries (SAMI) aims to generate $10 billion in revenue over the next five years, its chief executive said on Monday, as ...

 

Digital Payments

Apple Pay launches in Saudi Arabia and the Czech Republic

In Saudi Arabia, Apple Pay is supported by the Saudi Payments Network (MADA), Alinma Bank, Al Rajhi Bank, Bank Aljazira, the National Commercial Bank, and ...

 

Refining

S-Oil to supply $2.32 billion worth of oil products to Saudi Aramco’s trading arm

S-Oil Corp, South Korea’s third-biggest refiner, said on Tuesday that it has signed a contract to sell a total of 2.61 trillion won ($2.32 billion) ...

 

Absher

Saudis Defend App That Lets Men Give Women Permission to Travel

Adopting the Twitter hashtag #i_support_ABSHER, some Saudis listed what they like about the e-government portal, which men can use to give permission for women to ...

 

Economy

Saudi January consumer prices fall 1.9 pct as deflation returns

Deflation returned to the Middle East's biggest economy for the first time since 2017. Prices had continued to rise throughout 2018 after the introduction of ...

 

Saad Group

Exclusive: Saad Group seeks debt resolution under Saudi bankruptcy law – sources

The company of indebted Saudi Arabian billionaire Maan al-Sanea has filed for bankruptcy under a new Saudi law that makes it easier for creditors to ...

 

Saudi Workforce

Recommendations against commercial cover-ups approved in Saudi Arabia

Ten government entities will collaborate to implement the program, which focuses on raising public awareness about the economic and social harm caused by commercial cover-ups. ...

 

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Defense Industry

Middle East represented over half of US foreign military sales in 2018

US sales of weapons and other military products to the Middle East reached $30 billion out of a total $55bn of foreign sales in the ...

 

War in Yemen

Parties agree Hudaydah port withdrawal plan

Yemen's government and the rebel Houthi movement have agreed on the first phase of a withdrawal of forces around the key port of Hudaydah, the ...

 

Drones

China is Flooding the Middle East With Cheap Drones

Particularly in the Middle East, the drone became the symbol of the U.S. empire operating in a legal vacuum. In the first decade and a ...

 

Anti-ISIS Campaign

Tense standoff spells endgame for IS militants in Syria

This is the last speck of land held by the Islamic State group — a patch along the Euphrates River in eastern Syria where an ...

 

Hackers

Chinese and Iranian Hackers Renew Their Attacks on U.S. Companies

Businesses and government agencies in the United States have been targeted in aggressive attacks by Iranian and Chinese hackers who security experts believe have been ...

 

China in the Region

Ahead of Saudi visit, China seeks ‘deeper trust’ with Iran

China wants to deepen “strategic trust” with Iran, the Chinese government’s top diplomat told Iran’s foreign minister on Tuesday, days before Saudi Arabia’s crown prince ...

 

China in the Region

A military foothold takes root on Afghanistan’s doorstep

At a moment when the United States might consider a pact that would pull American troops out of Afghanistan, China appears to be tiptoeing into ...

 

OPEC

OPEC Officials Say U.S. Sanctions Against Its Chief Won’t Derail Plans

OPEC will continue to operate normally despite U.S. sanctions placed on the oil cartel’s Venezuelan president, officials from the group said on Monday. ...

 

Beresheet

First private Israel lunar mission to be launched this week

SpaceIL and state-owned Israel Aerospace Industries told a news conference that the landing craft — dubbed “Beresheet,” or Genesis — will take off from Florida, ...

 

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