Catholic Cardinal meets Saudi king in Historic Visit to Riyadh

Saudi Arabia's King Salman has met French cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran during the first visit to the Kingdom by such a senior Catholic authority, according to the SPA.

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Global Oil Markets

Oil climbs on Saudi price ambitions and U.S. stocks draw

Brent crude futures LCOc1 reached $74.73 a barrel, the highest since Nov. 27, 2014 — the day OPEC decided to pump as much as it ...


Saudi Cinema

Saudi Arabia’s first new cinema in decades holds its grand opening with a screening of ‘Black Panther’

A VIP audience of government officials, movie industry insiders and at least one princess posed for selfies on a red carpet, collected their popcorn and ...


Saudi Solar

Saudi Arabian infighting casts shadow on solar deal

Several proposals for a SoftBank-linked solar project had been circling for months, three people said. They were dismissed as outlandish and unfeasible by the energy ...


Vision 2030

Saudi Arabia could be ‘fantastically changed’ even if only half of its reform plans happen, investor says

"I think if the crown prince only achieves 50 percent of his vision, that country is going to be fantastically changed," Investcorp's executive chairman, Mohammed ...


Interreligious Dialogue

Catholic cardinal meets Saudi king in historic visit to Riyadh

Saudi Arabia's King Salman has met French cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran during the first visit to the kingdom by such a senior Catholic authority, according to ...



Behind the scenes of WWE Day One tryouts in Saudi Arabia

Matt Bloom provides an inside look at Day One of the first Saudi Arabia tryout. ...



More women wearing colourful abayas in Saudi Arabia

“The laws are very clear and stipulated in the laws of Sharia: that women wear decent, respectful clothing, like men,” Prince Mohammad told CBS Television ...



Binladin Group receives $2.9bn government loan

The money, for which land owned by the Binladin family will act as security, will go towards completing key government projects including the King Abdullah ...


Gulf Bond Issues

Japan’s Mizuho loses Saudi bond role in ongoing Gulf rift with Qatar

No bank on the Saudi deal was involved in Qatar’s $12 billion bond, which was arranged by a group of banks including Deutsche Bank, Credit ...



JetSmarter: Sergey Petrossov’s Jay-Z, Saudi funded Uber of the skies

That funding soon came, and since launching its sharing platform in 2015 JetSmarter has received investments from several high-profile backers including rapper Jay-Z and Saudi ...


Joint Gulf Shield 1

Qatari forces participate in Gulf shield drill in Saudi Arabia

According to QNA, the closing ceremony was attended by the Qatar Armed Forces' Chief of Staff, Major General Ghanem bin Shaheen al-Ghanem, at the invitation ...


Saudi Students

Minnesota Man Convicted in Death of Saudi Arabian Student

A Wisconsin jury has convicted a Minneapolis man with a string of domestic violence convictions of battery in the death of a student from Saudi ...


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Saudi Arabia says two al Qaeda militants killed in Yemen

It described Murad Abdullah Mohammed al-Doubli, known as Abu Hamza al-Batani, and Hassan Basurie as among “the most dangerous leaders” of Yemen’s al Qaeda branch, ...



Libya’s Haftar ‘suffering irreversible brain damage’

Haftar is suffering from lung cancer, which has spread to his brain, according to a European diplomat. "He is unable to talk or even fully comprehend. He ...


9/11 Suspect

9/11 attacks’ suspect arrested by Kurds in Syria

A Kurdish military commander based in Syria's north has announced that his forces arrested Mohammed Haydar Zammar, a Syrian-born German national accused of being involved ...


ME Urban Planning

Middle East city planning has ‘tremendous potential,’ says exec

There's great potential in the areas of urban and city planning in the Middle East, said the chief executive of Singapore-based urban and infrastructure consultancy ...


Dubai International Film Festival

Key Middle East Film Festival Dubai Cancels 2018 Edition

The Middle East’s biggest festival has been a key hub for local and regional filmmakers and it offered international industry a keen insight into the ...



Curbing inflation tops Sisi’s list of economic priorities

Inflation in Egypt reached record levels in 2017 with 30.7% compared to 13.8% in 2016. In this framework, Faraj Abdel Fattah, a professor of economics at the ...


Netback and Beyond

How the Middle East oil pricing system emerged in the 1940s

1950 constituted the breakthrough moment when the Middle East became the central axis of the world petroleum economy. With the official price at $1.75 per ...


Asian Demographic

In China and India, men outnumber women on a massive scale. The consequences are far-reaching.

In China and India, men outnumber women by 70 million. Both nations are belatedly trying to come to grips with the policies that created this ...


Birthright Israel

Birthright Israel and #MeToo

Taglit-Birthright Israel, a near-100 million-dollar annual enterprise which has served more than 600,000 participants over its 18-plus years, is one of the most expansive projects ...


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