Milestone Achieved in Launch of Saudi Arabia’s National Privatization Program and Center

Turki Al-Hokail
Saudi Arabia has announced the launch of "Delivery Plan 2020," a privatization program headed by a newly created office, Saudi Arabia’s National Centre for Privatization (NCP), in a major milestone for the Kingdom as it looks to advance its Vision 2030 economic and social reform goals.

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Oil investment may prove a tricky target for OPEC

The overhang of unwanted crude and oil products has reached OPEC’s target, but the group now says it would rather see a pickup in investment, ...



Challenges and risks in the historic Saudi Arabian privatization plan

Raising around $10 billion through state sell-offs, public private partnerships and trade sales is certainly a long way from the $200 billion put up as ...



Saudi Arabia looks to the future — by stepping 5,000 years into the past

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Nihad Fathy Makes History In Saudi Arabia

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Bechtel: Partners in Saudi Arabia’s transformation

The CEO told Saudi Gazette that Bechtel’s history in Saudi Arabia started with a vision. More than 75 years ago, King Abdul Aziz Bin Saud ...


Turki Al-Hokail

FaceOf: Turki Al-Hokail, CEO of KSA’s National Center for Privatization

Turki Al-Hokail is the CEO and a board member of the NCP, reporting directly to CEDA and leading Vision 2030’s privatization goals and program. He is ...


Saudi Cinema

Saudi Arabia’s First New Movie Theaters Welcome Women – But Only With Chaperones (For Now)

“Things are moving so fast in the kingdom right now that the plans have changed three or four times,” John Fithian, president of the U.S.-based ...


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Saudi Arabia downs Al Houthi missile over Jizan

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Crude to Chemicals

Saudi Aramco and SABIC Award Second Crude Oil-to-Chemicals

In a second significant step toward the implementation of Saudi Aramco and SABIC’s fully-integrated crude oil-to-chemicals (COTC) complex in Saudi Arabia, the two partners have ...


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Saudi women say ‘Misconceptions’ keep them from being hired

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Japan-Saudi Vision 2030: Big boost to bilateral ties

JAPAN and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia started diplomatic relationship in 1955, and the two countries cerebrated 60 years of anniversary in 2015 with a ...


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