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Ramadan 2018

Ramadan to begin Thursday as Saudi moon observers say no sight of crescent

Saudi Arabian moon observers said that there was no sight of the Ramadan crescent on Tuesday, meaning millions of Muslims around the world will begin the holy ...


Capital Markets

S&P Dow Jones may lift Saudi Arabia to emerging market status

Equity index compiler S&P Dow Jones said it was consulting investors on whether to upgrade Saudi Arabia to emerging market status, a new sign of ...


Vision 2030

Opinion: Partnership between Masayoshi Son and Saudi Arabia not just about the money

But what the Economist did not do in any great depth was to explain the rationale for the Saudi Arabian interest in the Vision Fund. ...



Saudi-con Valley? Kingdom’s bid for global tech leadership

“Through the Public Investment Fund, its open approach to regulating emerging technologies, and evolving entrepreneurship ecosystem, Saudi Arabia is emerging as a very serious contender ...



Saudi Arabia’s $44 Billion Refinery Plan in India Faces Farmer Opposition

Thousands of farmers oppose the refinery and are refusing to surrender land, fearing it could damage a region famed for its Alphonso mangoes, vast cashew plantations and fishing hamlets ...



Saudi Arabia state security adds 10 Hezbollah militia leaders to its terror list

Saudi Arabia state security said Wednesday that it has added 10 Hezbollah militia leaders to its terror list, five of whom are the Lebanese militia's Shoura ...


Saudi Cinema

Opinion: The Sky is the limit for Saudi filmmakers

But films are more than mere entertainment — filmmakers, like all artists, have a message to convey. The good ones do a lot more than ...


Crown Prince Salman

‘I Am the Mastermind’: Mohammed bin Salman’s Guide to Getting Rich

While other sons of Saudi Arabia’s founder grew wealthy from government business, Salman, then the governor of this capital city, supported his family with handouts ...



Saudi education sector set to expand to $12bn market by 2023

New report says growth will be fueled by shift towards private schools, expatriate population growth, enrollment growth and tuition increases ...


Auto Racing

Formula E reveals 10-year deal to race in Saudi Arabia from 2018/19

Formula E has announced a 10-year agreement to stage a race in Saudi Arabia, with the capital Riyadh hosting the first race of the 2018/19 ...



Meet ‘Captainah’ Enaam, Careem’s first female driver in Saudi Arabia

Careem, the Middle East’s ride-hailing firm, has named its first female driver in Saudi Arabia, as the Kingdom prepares to allow women behind the wheel ...


Missile Defense

Video: Watch Saudi Arabia intercept, destroy missiles

Saudi Arabia's air force intercepted and destroyed seven missiles fired from Yemen, the Saudis said in a statement. ...


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Regional and related topics

Middle East Conflict

12,000 people a day internally displaced by conflict across the middle east in 2017

Key findings from the Global Report on Internal Displacement (GRID 2018) show that the region accounted for 38 per cent of the global total of ...


Russia in the Region

Russia Says Missile Ships Will Stay Near Syria, Challenging U.S. in Middle East and Europe

Russian President Vladimir Putin announced Wednesday that warships armed with advanced cruise missiles would be permanently deployed near Syria in the Mediterranean, where rival U.S. military ...



Israel’s use of fatal fire in Gaza: Excessive force or justified mob control?

About 1,360 Palestinians were shot over the course of about eight hours Monday, the Palestinian health ministry in Gaza said. All the dead were shot on ...



Nakba: ‘Day of Catastrophe’ observed by Palestinians 

Palestinians commemorate Nakba Day and protest the killings of more than 60 people in Gaza throughout the West Bank. ...


U.S. Oil Exports

U.S. ports may be limiting oil export potential

There may be limitations for U.S. crude oil exports to long-distant economies because of limited port access for large-scale carriers, the government said. ...


Israel in the Region

Middle East will be under Israel surveillance by 2025, claims ex-intel chief

Speaking at an intelligence conference in Tel Aviv yesterday, Aharon Zeevi Farkash revealed that at least 10,000 satellites would provide the state of Israel with ...


Michael Cohen

Trump’s personal attorney solicited $1 million from government of Qatar

The offer, which Qatar declined, came on the margins of a Dec. 12 meeting that year at Trump Tower between the Persian Gulf state’s foreign ...


Saudi-Qatar Crisis

Opinion: As Qatar Prepares To Mark A Year Under The Saudi Embargo, It Looks Like The Winner In The Dispute

As the IMF noted in a review of the Qatari economy in March, new trade routes were quickly established – with Oman, Turkey and Iran ...



Ancient people rode donkeys in Middle East long before horses were domesticated, new study suggests

Researchers uncovered evidence suggesting they were ridden as early as the third millennium BCE. ...


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