VISION 2030

Poll: Strong Support for Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman among Young Arabs

Prince Mohammed with a Saudi student.
97 percent of young Saudis consider Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman a strong leader, and 90 percent say he will move the country in the right direction.

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Non-Oil Income

Saudi Arabia’s Non-Oil Income Jumps By 63% As Reforms Take Effect

. The government netted close to SAR 52.3 ($14 billion) in non-oil revenues thanks to the implementation of VAT and other fees levied. Meanwhile the overall ...

 

Arab Youth Survey

Arab Youth Survey 2018: Saudi Crown Prince and his reforms win huge support from young people across the Middle East

This is the 10th Arab Youth Survey, which involves face to face interviews with 3,500 young people between the ages of 18 and 24, in ...

 

Saudi Aramco IPO

Commentary: Can The Saudi Exchange Survive The Aramco Listing?

This solid presence of oil on Tadawul will without a doubt affect the price movements of non-oil stocks, effectively deepening Saudi Arabia’s dependence on the ...

 

Saudi Oil Policy

Perspective: How to Save the Saudi Golden Goose

Aramco is unique among national oil companies. Rather than seizing the company through nationalization, the Saudi government purchased Aramco from its American owners in transactions ...

 

FII

Will Saudi Arabia trump $500bn Neom at second FII event?

The second Future Investment Initiative (FII) will take place in Riyadh in October, following the success of the inaugural event which saw the launch of ...

 

Saudi Women Drivers

Saudi says to lift driving ban on women June 24

Saudi women will be allowed to start driving in the kingdom from June 24, the General Department of Traffic Director General Mohammed al-Bassami said on ...

 

Women Drivers

Saudi women air grievances on high driving fees

The women insisted that imposing such high fees compared with what men pay for their licences amounted to blatant business abuses by driving schools charging ...

 

Entertainment

Saudi Arabian advertising wars go viral as broadcasters up their game for Ramadan

Advertising pundits in the Middle East are hoping that the month of Ramadan will give a boost to what has so far been a lackluster ...

 

Mike Pompeo

Pompeo in Saudi Arabia

While the U.S. will continue to assist Saudi Arabia with its defense needs and support its right to defend its own borders, a political solution ...

 

Security

Court upholds ruling blocking transfer of alleged ISIS backer to Saudi Arabia

A federal appeals court on Monday upheld a judge’s order that had blocked the U.S. military from sending to Saudi Arabia an American suspected of ...

 

Tourism

Tourism industry to contribute $31b to Kingdom’s GDP

The Saudi tourism sector is expected to contribute SR118 billion to the GDP by 2020, said Hamad Al-Ismail, vice president for Investment and Tourism Development ...

 

Saudi-Sudan

Sudan in talks with Saudi Arabia on five-year oil aid agreement

Saudi Arabia would supply Sudan’s energy needs for five years on credit under an agreement being discussed by both governments, Sudan Oil Minister Abdulrahman Othman ...

 

Blockchain

Saudi Arabia Partners With Blockchain Startups ConsenSys and Ripple

Saudi Arabia is getting friendly with U.S.-based blockchain-focused startups. ...

 

Entertainment

20 entertainment centers planned in Saudi cities

Saudi Arabia’s main sovereign wealth fund will set up a network of entertainment centers across the Kingdom as the government tries to jump-start a domestic ...

 

King Fahd International Airport

Exclusive: Saudi Arabia’s Dammam Airport to double capacity as kingdom develops tourism projects

King Fahd International Airport, the Kingdom’s eastern hub in Dammam, will expand its current terminal to 30 million passengers annually, up from 12.6 million currently, ...

 

Gulf Capital

Latest Gulf Capital acquisition largest in Saudi fintech sector

Alternative asset manager, Gulf Capital has acquired a strategic stake in Saudi Geidea, the leading provider of electronic payment solutions and financial technologies in the ...

 

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Regional and related topics

Iran Nuclear Agreement

Trump is expected to announce he will allow sanctions to go forward on Iran

President Donald Trump is expected to announce on Tuesday he will allow sanctions to go forward on Iran, a first step toward withdrawing from the ...

 

Arab Youth Survey

Arab youth feel region ‘has gone in the wrong direction’ in last 10 years, survey finds

The majority of young Arabs believe the Middle East has moved in the wrong direction in the last 10 years, according to a regional survey ...

 

Lebanon

Hezbollah and allies set for majority in Lebanon elections

The Iran-backed Hezbollah group and allies won just over half the seats in Lebanon's first parliamentary election in nine years. The vote dealt a blow ...

 

Iraq

In Baghdad, Iraqis embrace return to normalcy, with eye on its fragility

n Baghdad the differences are striking: Blast walls are coming down, malls are going up, and streets are reopening. ...

 

2026 World Cup

Opinion: Saudi Moroccan soccer spat symbolizes the Arab world’s new politics

Mr. Al-Sheikh’s Saudi Arabia First stance reflected Prince Mohammed’s efforts to emphasize Saudi nationalism as a compliment, if not replacement of religion as his regime’s ...

 

Iran

Trump Decision Puts Iran’s $200 Billion Energy Wish-List at Risk

With Donald Trump set to announce a decision today on whether to re-impose U.S. sanctions on OPEC member Iran, $200 billion in potential energy deals ...

 

Iraq

Iraq, BP sign Kirkuk oilfield development contract, official says

Iraq’s state-run North Oil Company signed an agreement with BP on Monday to triple output from the Kirkuk fields in the north of the country, ...

 

Syria

Rebels begin evacuation of Syria’s last besieged enclave

Hundreds of rebels left the last major besieged opposition enclave in Syria on Monday, with thousands more expected to follow, responding to months of pressure ...

 

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