HAJJ 2018

2.3 Million Attend Hajj in Saudi Arabia

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An estimated 2.3 million pilgrims reassembled in Mina on Tuesday in celebration of the Eid Al-Adha with the rest of the Islamic world, as part of the annual Hajj pilgrimage.

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Hajj 2018

Nearly 2.4 million pilgrims ascend Arafat for peak of Haj

A white sea of pilgrims ascended the vast plains of Arafat on Monday to pray and repent at the climax of the annual pilgrimage of ...

 

Hajj: 2018

Aerial photos of the Hajj reveal its massive scale

Aerial photos show the seemingly unending parade of pilgrims and the infrastructure necessary to accommodate them, from seas of tents and buses to the massive ...

 

Hajj Hackathon

Saudi women win a hackathon to make the pilgrimage safer

The winners were an all-female Saudi Arabian team that designed an app, called Turjuman, for translating signs around Mecca without internet access. ...

 

Global Finance

Commentary: Saudi Arabia is stumbling in effort to build global financial center

In some ways, Saudi Arabia is borrowing pages from Dubai's playbook. Both countries, for instance, have been tax havens for foreigners and the native-born population, ...

 

Public Investment Fund

This Is the Tesla Rival That’s Wooing the Saudis

Lucid Motors, a startup co-founded 11 years ago by a Silicon Valley veteran, is in the spotlight following news reports over the weekend that Saudi ...

 

Power

Saudi Arabia connects seven new transformers to national grid

The new transformers have a combined capacity of 3,613 MVA and cost SR2.1 billion ($560 million), and are located in the northern region of the ...

 

Saudi Women

Saudi Women Pitch Their Dreams at Halcyon in Georgetown, Washington D.C.

Dreamers from all over the world are imbued with an unshakeable sense of hope. This held true for a group of plucky Saudi Arabian women ...

 

Tourism

Jerry Inzerillo working with Saudi prince to build international tourist spot

Jerry Inzerillo flies to Saudi Arabia on Sept. 5 with a big job to do — create an international tourist destination in the 15th-century ruins ...

 

Media

Saudi Arabia permanently revokes beIN Sports license

Saudi Arabian authorities have permanently revoked the license of beIN Sports after accusing the Qatari-owned channel of illegal monopolizing practices. ...

 

U.S.-Saudi Relations

Trump sends condolences to families of Saudi students who drowned trying to rescue kids, embassy says

President Trump sent condolence cables to the families of two college students from Saudi Arabia who drowned in June while trying to rescue two young ...

 

Yemen

Report: Saudi Arabia Looks To Build Oil Port In Yemen

The al-Mahra governorate borders Oman, and the border crossing, as well as the seaport and airport in the governorate, is under the control of the ...

 

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Al-Qaeda

U.S. officials confident Ibrahim al-Asiri, chief al Qaeda bomb maker, killed in drone strike

U.S. officials are confident that al Qaeda's chief bomb maker Ibrahim al-Asiri has been killed by an American drone strike in Yemen. After Osama bin Laden was ...

 

Oil Prices

Commentary: Like a supertanker, the oil market needs time to change course

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Anti-ISIS Campaign

US to remain in Iraq ‘as long as needed,’ command says

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Eid Al-Adha

Eid al-Adha: how Muslims celebrate the Greater Eid

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Syria

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Iran

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Iran

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