Saudi, Qatar Bond Issues Get Cozy; Both Oversubscribed

Saudi Arabia's Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and Qatar's Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani.
Saudi Arabia beat out regional rival Qatar's first bond issuance since the Gulf crisis began with its own "surprise" $11 billion raise, which drew $52 billion of orders this week, according to reports.

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MBS Europe Visit

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in Madrid for last stop of global tour

Prince Mohammed is scheduled to meet with Spain’s King Felipe VI, who acceded to the throne in 2014, on Thursday morning before holding talks later ...



France signs multi-billion dollar tourism deal with Saudi Arabia: Video

France will join Saudi Arabia in developing a multi-billion dollar open air museum in the Gulf kingdom ...


Saudi Oil Policy

Saudi Arabia happy with oil market, won’t let another glut form

Saudi Arabia’s energy minister said on Wednesday that the world’s biggest exporter of oil will not sit by and let another supply glut surface, but ...


Qatar Dispute

In call with Saudi king, Trump demanded quick end to Gulf rift: U.S. officials

In a telephone call this month with Saudi Arabia’s King Salman, President Donald Trump demanded that the kingdom and its Arab partners quickly end a ...


Houthi Missile Attack

Saudi Arabia intercepts missile over Riyadh, shoots down two drones in the south

The attack on Wednesday marked the fourth time in five months that missiles have flown over Riyadh, as the Houthis step up efforts to demonstrate ...



Value at stake from Saudi and its ICT laws are huge

“With head-spinning sums in play, the stakes couldn’t be higher. The future markets of tech companies in EMEA reside in emerging markets like Saudi Arabia, ...


Saudi Solar

Saudi Arabia Sets Sights on $200 Billion Solar Energy Investment

Solar panels are priced like a commodity with prices swings as large as 30% per year when supply and demand are out of alignment. ...


Saudi Aramco

Saudi Aramco to invest in $44bn Indian refinery

Leading Indian upstream companies such as Indian Oil, Bharat Petroleum and Hindustan Petroleum will join as partners in the Aramco deal, said a government statement Wednesday. Saudi Aramco ...


Fashion and Entertainment

Fashionably late: Saudi Arabia hosts its first-ever fashion week

Fashionable women, dark-haired Saudis and blonde Eastern Europeans alike, fill the gold-trimmed halls of Riyadh’s Ritz-Carlton Hotel, marking the start of Saudi Arabia’s first-ever fashion ...


Women in Sports

Saudi Arabia holds first cycling race for women

The 10km race was organized by the Saudi General Authority for Sports and was held in coincidence with the International Day for Health. ...


War in Yemen

Saudi-led coalition says it does not seek permanent Yemen presence

The spokesman for a Saudi-led coalition said on Tuesday that its military campaign in Yemen was not aimed at establishing a permanent presence along the ...


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Trump on Syria attack: ‘very soon or not so soon at all!’

President Donald Trump was evasive Thursday about when the United States might attack Syria in retaliation for an alleged chemical weapons assault, saying it could ...



The US Military Budget Shows Just How Deep Donald Trump is Getting Into Syria

While initially reluctant to get entangled in the war in Syria, the US is prepared to be more involved than ever. In fiscal year 2019, ...



Middle East Megatrends

Demographic and social change has driven both prosperity and instability in much of the Middle East, as explosive population growth has boosted economies, strained resources and ...


Global Oil Markets

Potential for big oil price spike grows after provocative missile strikes

The missile attacks by Iran-aligned Houthis aimed at Saudi Arabia's civilian areas and oil facilities have proven unsuccessful, but they are a provocation at a ...



Gaza’s immense potential

The miserable state of the Gaza Strip is a consequence of extreme overcrowding, mainly because Palestinian refugees fled there from Israel in 1948. On the ...



Qatar hires Trump-linked lobbyist ahead of emir’s visit

In conjunction with the emir’s visit, top Qatari economic officials and business leaders are touring the East Coast promoting commercial ties in Miami, Raleigh, North ...



Exxon, Qatar in talks on U.S. shale deal

Exxon Mobil (NYSE:XOM) is in talks with Qatar over a partnership that could lead to state energy giant Qatar Petroleum investing in XOM’s vast U.S. ...


Travel Ban

Chad is the first African country taken off Trump’s travel ban list

“Chad has improved its identity-management and information sharing practices sufficiently to meet the baseline security standard of the United States,” the White House said in ...


Qatar Bond Sale

Qatar Starts Dollar Bond Sale Days After Saudi Arabia

Qatar, in the midst of a diplomatic and trade standoff with a group of Arab nations including Saudi Arabia, plans to bridge its budget deficit ...


Abu Dhabi Natural Gas

Abu Dhabi opens up to oil and gas bidders

ADNOC estimates that, based on existing field data, the blocks up for grabs "hold multiple billion barrels of oil and multiple trillion cubic feet of ...


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