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Saudi King, Crown Prince Attend Groundbreaking Ceremony for Qiddiya, Saudi Arabia’s Answer to Disneyworld

Qiddiya
Saudi Arabia's King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman attended the opening ceremony this week of the Kingdom's massive forthcoming entertainment city, Qiddiya, on the outskirts of Riyadh this weekend.

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Pompeo Visit

Pompeo, in Saudi Arabia, talks tough on Iran, Gulf dispute

Pompeo on Sunday met with Saudi King Salman, whose country, along with Bahrain, Egypt and the United Arab Emirates, is embroiled in a row with ...

 

Capital Markets

Foreigners turn net sellers of Saudi equities for first time this year

Foreign investors turned net sellers of Saudi Arabian stocks last week for the first time this year, exchange data showed on Sunday, as fund managers ...

 

Qiddiya Entertainment Project

Saudi Arabia launches multi-billion dollar entertainment resort

Saudi King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman attended the ground-breaking ceremony on Saturday of a vast entertainment resort that is at the heart ...

 

Changes

Perspective: The Profound Normalcy of a Day at the Movies in Saudi Arabia

The simple changes I am witnessing in Saudi Arabia go far beyond movies and are partly propelling the country’s new momentum. ...

 

Investment

Not Everybody’s Buying the Saudi Story, Even as Money Gushes In

Gary Greenberg, an investing veteran, isn’t joining the Saudi party. The London-based head of global emerging markets at Hermes Investment Management Ltd. wants more evidence ...

 

Saudi Aramco

Saudi Aramco appoints new board members including a woman

State run Saudi Aramco, the world's top oil company, said on Sunday it has appointed five new members to its board including a female executive, ...

 

SABIC

Saudi Basic Industries Profit Rises 5.4% on Higher Prices

First-quarter profit at Saudi Basic Industries Corp., the Middle East’s biggest petrochemicals producer, rose on higher prices and sales volumes, in spite of a 1.1 ...

 

War in Yemen

Saudi man killed in missile salvo from Yemen

Yemen’s Houthi movement fired ballistic missiles at what it called “economic and vital targets” in the southern Saudi province of Jizan on Saturday, and Saudi ...

 

Hyperloop

Branson says hyperloop likely ‘quite soon’ in Saudi Arabia

Branson and Giegel did not disclose what the next steps to developing hyperloop in Saudi Arabia are. If a system does get built, though, it could cut ...

 

Sport

World No. 1 Dustin Johnson joins the field for inaugural Saudi Arabia tournament

The European Tour’s newest tournament, taking place in Saudi Arabia, has signalled its intent to become the biggest golf tournament in the Middle East by ...

 

eSports

Kingdom to develop first ever Electronic Saudi Professional League

Since October 2017, when The Saudi Arabian Federation for Electronic and Intellectual Sports (SAFEIS) was initiated, the federation has already held two major eSports events ...

 

Entertainment

Saudi Arabia ‘sorry’ for promotional footage of women wrestlers

Saudi Arabia's sport authority has apologised for the appearance of scantily clad women during a wrestling broadcast. World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) held matches in Jeddah, ...

 

Spy Trial

Saudi court starts trial of two Arabs accused of spying for Mossad

The charges under consideration by the Specialized Criminal Court include plotting a terrorist act during the annual Muslim haj pilgrimage four years ago and supporting ...

 

Saudi-Turkey

Saudi forces arrive in Turkey to participate in joint military exercises

Saudi and Turkish military personnel have joined hands with a large number of military units from friendly countries to hold an international defense drill in ...

 

Entrepreneurship

Saudi Arabian Digital Media Firm Telfaz11 Raises $9 Million From Investors

This week Saudi Technology Ventures and VentureSouq injected $9 million into Riyadh-based Telfaz11, a digital media company founded in 2011 that helps produce and distribute ...

 

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How the UAE’s Chinese-Made Drone Is Changing the War in Yemen

Since 2016, the Gulf nation has been trying to establish itself as the West’s primary counterterrorism partner in the region while simultaneously bolstering its military ...

 

Iran Nuclear Agreement

Place your bet: Three options for the Iran nuclear deal

Instead of trying to persuade the US president to preserve an agreement reached by Trump’s predecessor, former President Barack Obama, Macron pledged to work with ...

 

Qatar Ransom Payment

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Iran Nuclear Agreement

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There is a paucity of ideas on how to engage the region, aside from the president’s taunts to extract payments, namely from Gulf Arab allies, ...

 

Iraq

Iraq’s Shiite militias try to convert military victory into political power

In a calmer Iraq, political players are pushing for national unity, and Shiite militias who were key to defeating ISIS are swapping their fatigues for ...

 

Koshary

He was tortured in a Syrian prison. Now he runs a food truck in Germany.

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U.S. Arms Sales

Trump’s New Arms-Sales Policy Is Good but Sounds Awful

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Turkey

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n calling for snap presidential and parliamentary elections on June 24 instead of late 2019, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is aiming to ride a ...

 

Gaza

Israeli military kills three Palestinians along Gaza Strip border

The shootings follow a month of violence along the Israel-Gaza border, where Palestinians have been holding protests every Friday pressing for the right of return ...

 

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