Saudi Arabia Adjusts National Transformation Plan (NTP)

Saudi Arabia has adjusted some targets within its five-year National Transformation Plan (NTP), making changes to metrics on the official document that can be found on the Kingdom's Vision 2030 website.

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SoftBank Vision Fund

Saudi-Backed Vision Fund Invests $1.1 Billion in a Maker of ‘Smart Window’ Glass

Despite the recent assassination of a journalist by Saudi Arabian agents and an ensuing global controversy, Masayoshi Son and his Saudi-backed SoftBank Vision Fund appear ...


Vision 2030

Saudi Arabia Quietly Revises Crown Prince’s Transformation Plan

Some targets were unchanged, while several new ones have been added, including reduced corruption, raising the retail sector’s share of economic output and better integrating ...


Saudi Cinema

Cinemas in Saudi Arabia: A billion dollar opportunity

Lifting the 35 year ban on cinemas is one of the most visible and impactful initiatives undertaken by the government in the Kingdom, unlocking an ...


Saudi Arabia

Jamal Khashoggi’s killing seems remote and royal involvement far-fetched to rural Saudis

Most people pointed to concrete ways in which Mohammed had improved life for them here, far from the major business hubs of Riyadh and Jiddah. ...



Commentary: Jamal Khashoggi murder hurts Saudi Arabia business ties

The world proved willing to overlook plenty to protect the investment gold rush — until the Khashoggi murder (and the political drama Turkish President Recep ...



Saudi Arabia’s crown princes hosts Christian evangelical leaders

Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman held a rare meeting with American evangelical Christians on Thursday, as the ultra-conservative Muslim kingdom seeks to open ...



Egypt signs deal with Saudi ACWA Power for $2.3 billion power plant

Egypt signed a deal on Thursday with Saudi Arabia’s ACWA Power to build a power plant in southern Egypt involving investment of $2.3 billion, the ...


Saudi Aramco/SABIC

Yanbu Selected as Site for Aramco-SABIC Integrated Industrial Complex

The COTC complex is expected to process 400,000 barrels per day of crude oil, which will produce approximately 9 million tons of chemicals and base ...



Analysis: Trudeau’s dilemma: how to be tough on Saudi Arabia and save jobs

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau faces a dilemma as an election approaches - how to credibly clamp down on Saudi Arabia over its human rights ...


Gates Foundation

Gates Foundation halts work with Saudi nonprofit after Khashoggi death

The Gates Foundation has already committed $1.5 million to the MiSK Grand Challenges, a $10 million initiative that plans to offer $100,000 grants to 100 ...



WHO details 8 recent Saudi MERS cases, 3 deaths

The World Health Organization (WHO) today released an overview of eight new MERS cases reported in Saudi Arabia from Sep 17 to Oct 15. Of ...


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Iran Sanctions

U.S. to Give Eight Nations Oil Waivers Under Iran Sanctions

The U.S. has agreed to let eight countries -- including Japan, India and South Korea -- keep buying Iranian oil after it reimposes sanctions on ...


Global Oil Markets

Oil steadies before U.S. sanctions on Iran

Oil prices steadied on Friday after a week of heavy falls as markets braced for the imposition next week of U.S. sanctions on Iran, which ...



US, Turkey begin joint patrols around northern Syrian town of Manbij

The U.S. and the Turks have been conducting independent patrols along the front line and joint patrols are considered a way to tamp down potential ...


Yemen Civil War

Yemen’s Saudi-backed government to resume oil exports soon

Yemen’s Saudi-backed government said it would work on resuming oil production and exports from new fields “in the coming days”, without specifying the quantity expected, ...


Yemen Civil War

Saudi coalition in Yemen attacks Sanaa sites, clashes in Hodeidah

The Saudi-led coalition fighting in Yemen said it attacked Sanaa International Airport and an adjoining airbase being used by Houthi insurgents, as the two warring ...



US weeks away from responding to Khashoggi murder: Pompeo

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Thursday it would take a "handful more weeks" before the United States has enough evidence to impose ...


Nile River

Will the next Middle East war be about water?

The authority to police the precious waters of the Nile was granted to Egypt in 1929 through an agreement signed by Egypt and Great Britain, ...


U.S. Military

American Military Apologizes for Booklet With Racially Offensive Language

The United States Central Command apologized on Thursday for posting racially offensive language in an online welcome booklet for troops deploying to Saudi Arabia, and ...


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