Saudi Arabia Taps Aradhana Khowala for NEOM Tourism Chief

Neom, as shown on a map from, will be 10,000 square miles.
Aradhana Khowala, former CEO and founder of Aptamind, a global private client advisory firm, has been appointed as NEOM’s managing director of tourism, according to reports.

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War in Yemen

Saudi-led coalition condemns U.N. rights report on Yemen

The report was the first United Nations investigation into possible war crimes in Yemen although international human rights groups have regularly documented abuses. It was ...


Saudi Stock Market

Saudi Bulls Retreat

“Investors need to take a longer-term view -- 10 years plus -- on reform delivery,” said John Delaney, a Dublin-based money manager at Fideuram ISP. ...


Vision 2030

Commentary: Contradictory reports won’t stop Saudi economic reforms

Reuters’ articles doubting the social and economic reforms of the crown prince’s Vision 2030 program came just after the International Monetary Fund (IMF) released a ...



Saudi FM Holds ‘Fruitful’ Talks on Regional Affairs with Russian Counterpart

Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir held talks on the latest regional and international developments with his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov in Moscow on Wednesday. ...



Saudi Arabia awards fourth licence to operate cinemas

Saudi Arabia has granted its fourth licence to Lux Entertainment to operate cinemas in the Gulf kingdom ...


GCC Railways

UAE and Saudi Arabia lead GCC rail, metro construction schemes

The socio-economic impact of these rail schemes on the Gulf will be clearer as these projects are completed. However, there is no doubt that these ...


Saudi Workforce

Stakes are high as Saudi Arabia appoints first female mayors

In the Ministry of Justice, for example, 521 female Saudi lawyers trained alongside 650 men, and we have also suddenly started to see women working ...


Hajj 2018

Video: Saudi’s Hajj transportation expansion plans

The annual Hajj pilgrimage to Islam's holiest sites might have recently concluded but the plans to further ease the passage of more than two million ...



WWE Is Heading Back To Saudi Arabia This Fall

PWInsider is reporting that WWE has pushed back several scheduled European tour dates set for October to May of next year to make room for ...



Saudi royals appointed to International Olympic Committee

The three are Prince Abdulaziz Bin Turki Al-Faisal Al-Saud, Vice Chairman of the General Sports Authority (GSA) of Saudi Arabi, Princess Reema Bint Bandar Al ...



Saudi Arabia’s NEOM appoints Aradhana Khowala as tourism head

Aradhana Khowala has been appointed as NEOM’s managing director of tourism, the  project announced on Wednesday. ...



Turning ideas into reality

The training was funded in part by Madinah-based Taibah University, which launched a competition with support from the Saudi consulate in New York. ...



Ocean Polymers plans to develop land-based recycling solutions in Saudi-Arabia

“We are delighted to sign this MOU together with such a major Saudi Arabian entity and greatly appreciate the support offered by them not only ...


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Iran in the Region

Declassified Interrogation Reports Show How Much Iran Shaped Iraq War

The reports were declassified and approved for public release by the U.S. Central Command months ago as part of an effort to study the history ...



Perspective: Bound to Fail – Transnational Jihadism and the Aggregation Problem

The message should alarm policymakers about a potential new wave of terrorist attacks, but it also serves as a reminder of how far the group ...



Khamenei Says Ready to Abandon Nuclear Deal if Needed

Iran's supreme leader warned Wednesday the country could abandon its nuclear deal with world powers if it no longer served its interests, even as economic ...



Iraq Says It’s Ready to Boost Oil Exports Once OPEC Gives OK

Iraq sees a need to increase crude exports and says it’s ready to ship more as soon as OPEC agrees how members will share a ...



Commentary: Soccer superstar Mohamed Salah’s feud with Egyptian authorities is giving voice to popular frustrations

Salah’s credentials as a world-class player, along with his reputation for being humble and grounded, have put Egypt’s government in an unfamiliar bind. ...



US military on track to match record 2017 for airstrikes in Somalia

The United States is on track to meet or exceed last year’s record number of strikes in Somalia. AFRICOM has conducted 21 strikes against Shabaab in Somalia so ...


U.S. Elections

Opinion: The Arab wave in US Congress

The possibility of a second wave, come this November, is palpable with 23 candidates winning their primary races so far ahead of the general elections. ...



The New Lobbying: Qatar Targeted 250 Trump ‘Influencers’ to Change U.S. Policy

Because Mr. Trump often shuns traditional policy-making processes, relying on advice of friends and associates, interest groups have spent the past 19 months reorienting their ...


War in Yemen

US Navy seizes weapons from boat in Gulf of Aden

The US is analyzing the evidence on board to determine the boat's origin and destination, the official said. ...



Traders sell lira after Turkey’s economic confidence hits 9 year low

One measure of economic confidence for August hit 83.9, slumping from 92.2 in July. In response to that data, the lira shed value to reach ...


ME Air Freight

Middle East cargo growth outstrips rest of world in July, says IATA

Middle East air freight demand rose 5.4 per cent year-on-year in July, the fastest growth of any world region last month despite increasing trade risks, ...


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