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Saudi Oil Policy

Saudi Arabia aims to keep crude in $70 to $80 band: sources

Saudi Arabia wants oil to stay between $70 and $80 a barrel for now as the world’s biggest crude exporter strikes a balance between maximizing ...

 

Saudi Stock Market

MSCI to launch tradeable index with Saudi exchange in Q4

Khalid al-Hussan, chief executive officer of Tadawul, said the creation of the index provided a strong foundation for the development of index futures and other ...

 

Saudi Solar

Saudi Arabia’s superpowered sunshine dream

The United Arab Emirates, in particular, has seen a dramatic fall in the cost of new solar projects, achieving world record low bids for both ...

 

Technology

Saudi Arabia’s curious romance with Silicon Valley

From a $45bn investment in Softbank’s Vision Fund to a $2bn bet on Tesla and $3.5bn on Uber, the Saudis are chasing returns and hoping ...

 

Saudi Stock Market

Video: Saudi Bourse CEO on Derivatives Market, Aramco IPO

Khalid Abdullah Al Hussan, the chief executive officer of Tadawul, Saudi Arabia's stock market, discusses plans to launch a derivatives market on an index it ...

 

Saudi Aramco

Aramco plans to ship first crude oil to Malaysia JV refinery in October: sources

Saudi Aramco plans to deliver the first crude oil cargo to its joint-refinery project with Petronas in Malaysia in October as the companies prepare for ...

 

Saudi Oil Policy

Baker Hughes wins major Saudi offshore oil field expansion deal

Marjan, which lies off Saudi Arabia's eastern coast in the Persian Gulf, is the first of three major offshore expansions in a wider plan to ...

 

Online Satire

Saudi Arabia declares online satire punishable offence

Saudi Arabia will punish online satire that "disrupts public order" with up to five years in prison, the public prosecutor said Tuesday, as the kingdom ...

 

War in Yemen

Saudi Arabia intercepts ballistic missiles fired at Jazan

Yemen's Houthi rebels on Tuesday said that they had launched four ballistic missiles towards a town located in southern Saudi Arabia, and Saudi media reported ...

 

Saudi-Spain

Spain cancels bombs sale to Saudi Arabia amid Yemen concerns

As a longtime commercial ally of Saudi Arabia, Spain is the fourth-largest provider of military equipment and weapons to the Gulf state ...

 

Syria

Saudi Arabia’s $100m contribution to rebuild Daesh-freed regions in Syria

The contribution will help restore livelihoods and basic services, save lives, facilitate the return of displaced Syrians and ensure that Daesh and other terrorist organizations ...

 

Entrepreneurs

15 Women Entrepreneurs From Saudi Arabia Visit U.S. To Develop Their Pitches

Saudi Arabia has nothing like it, she says, and that pretty much describes all of these ventures - new to the Saudi market ...

 

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Regional and related topics

Syria

Shells hit Syria’s Idlib as rebels brace for assault

The Syrian military shelled the last stronghold of active rebellion against President Bashar al-Assad on Wednesday as a war monitor said insurgents blew up another ...

 

Middle East Retail

Will the ‘Amazon effect’ take hold in the Middle East?

It found the Amazon effect was not only keeping prices low due to the higher volume of e-commerce platforms, but that traditional retailers had become ...

 

Cyber

The Rise of the Cyber-Mercenaries

“Everything is becoming a computer—your phone, your fridge, your microwave, your car,” said Bruce Schneier, an expert on cyber-related issues at Harvard University. ...

 

Iran in the Region

Military Spending, Modernization, and the Shifting Military Balance in the Gulf

The military balance between Iran, its Arab neighbors, and the United States has been a critical military issue in the Middle East since at least ...

 

U.S. Middle East Policy

Trump’s ‘ultimate deal’ for Middle East peace meets resistance, throwing rollout into question

The administration “sees this as an opportunity to realign American policy in a way not seen in 25 years,” veteran Mideast negotiator Aaron David Miller ...

 

Unrest in the Region

Perspective: Syria, Iran, Iraq: The Middle East looks set to explode again.

After a monthslong stretch of merely sporadic violence and simmering tensions, the Middle East seems on the verge of another fiery eruption, and there are ...

 

U.S.-Kuwait

Gulf, Middle East issues top Kuwait-US talks

The situation in the Arabian Gulf and the developments in the Middle East peace process will top the agenda of the international talks between Kuwait ...

 

U.S.-Pakistan

Pompeo visit set to tackle Pakistan on terrorism, reassure India on trade

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will talk tough on terrorism to Pakistan and attempt to strengthen his country's links with India during what is ...

 

Yemen Civil War

Yemen’s plunging economy threatens to kill more people than war: aid agency

Yemen’s tanking economy threatens to kill more people than bombs and guns, an aid agency warned on Tuesday as the currency hit its lowest level ...

 

Qatar

Qatar Is First Gulf Nation to Grant Expats Permanent Residency

Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani issued a decree allowing a maximum of 100 expatriates to gain permanent residency each year, giving them access ...

 

Libya

How chaos in Libya is turning Italy’s fault line into a frontline

Immigration policies in Europe will face new challenges now that the state of emergency has been declared in Libya. In this crisis Italy is on ...

 

Iraq

Iraq protesters killed in Basra clashes with security forces

Local residents say the government is corrupt and has allowed infrastructure to virtually collapse in the region that generates much of Iraq's oil wealth. ...

 

Taliban

Taliban say founder of Haqqani network dies in Afghanistan

The founder of Afghanistan’s much-feared Haqqani network, a former U.S. ally turned fierce enemy, has died after years of ill health, a Taliban spokesman said ...

 

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