Saudi Arabia Selected for MSCI Inclusion; Analysts Expect Significant Capital Inflows

Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman blasted Iran for its aggression.
Following years of effort by Saudi officials to increase transparency in its stock market, the Kingdom won inclusion into MSCI, Inc.'s highly sought-after emerging market index, expanding the asset class by as much as $600 billion for the Kingdom.

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Saudi Stock Market

Saudi stock exchange cheers MSCI emerging markets upgrade

“It is a nationally great achievement, and a historic milestone on the journey of Saudi capital markets,” ...


World Cup: 2018

Disappointed fans hail improved performance by Saudi Green Falcons but defeat ends World Cup dream

Most Saudi fans in Jeddah were much happier with the team’s performance in game two, following the resounding 5-0 defeat by host nation Russia in ...



Is Saudi Arabia the next big heritage tourism destination?

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OPEC strives for oil deal as Iran insists on modest rise in output

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Saudi Women Drivers

Countdown begins to Saudi women driving

In just three days’ time, Saudi women will be able to take to the wheel and drive. ...


Saudi Aramco IPO

Saudi energy minister says Aramco IPO in 2019 would be nice, timing not critical

Saudi Arabian Energy Minister Khalid al-Falih said on Thursday it would be “nice” to see Saudi Aramco floated on the stock exchange next year, but ...


U.S.-Saudi Relations

Kushner meets with Saudi crown prince to discuss Mideast peace

White House senior adviser Jared Kushner met Wednesday with Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman in Saudi Arabia to discuss ongoing Middle East peace efforts. ...



Malaysia to withdraw troops from Saudi Arabia: Official

Malaysia’s new government plans to withdraw all Malaysian troops from Saudi Arabia, according to recent remarks by Defense Minister Mohamad Sabu. ...


Cyber Security

Saudi commission signs deal to boost cybersecurity education

The Saudi Arabian National Commission for Cyber Security has signed an agreement with the Ministry of Education to allocate 1,000 scholarships over five years for ...


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