BBC Travel Profiles Asir’s ‘Flower Men’, Natural Beauty as Kingdom Eyes Tourism Push

A recently published story in the BBC highlights the unique culture and natural beauty of the Asir province in Saudi Arabia, whose male inhabitants don colorful and ornate head dresses made of local flowers.

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Senate Drive to Punish Saudi Prince Over Khashoggi Death Delayed

A bipartisan drive in the U.S. Senate to approve tough sanctions on Saudi Arabia for the murder of columnist Jamal Khashoggi will slip into next ...



Democratic House panel could investigate ties between Kushner, Saudi crown prince: report

The House Foreign Affairs Committee could investigate ties between senior White House adviser Jared Kushner and the Saudi crown prince as part of a broader probe into the ...


Global Oil Markets

Commentary: Why oil’s ‘big three’ just got bigger: Saudi Arabia, Russia and the US are still calling the shots

The meeting of the Organization of Oil Exporting Countries (OPEC) in Vienna last week confirmed what some in the oil industry have been saying for ...


Banking and Finance

Saudi banks close to deal with authorities on Islamic tax: sources

Saudi Arabian banks are expected to reach a deal with Islamic tax authorities before the end of the year to resolve a dispute over increased ...



Saudi Aramco, ADNOC’s India refinery project delayed by two years

India has delayed the commissioning of a giant refinery that state-owned firms are building in tie up with Saudi Aramco and Abu Dhabi National Oil ...



Saudi: Arabs in talks with US for new pact

"The aim is to achieve security arrangements in the Middle East that can protect the region from external aggression... and strengthen relations between the United ...



Energy park lays foundation for Saudi industrial strategy

The King Salman Energy Park (SPARK) will put Saudi Aramco’s program to boost domestic value on the right path and create a strong foundation for ...



ENOC plans to build 45 service stations in Saudi Arabia in the next 5 years

ENOC Group, a wholly-owned entity of the Government of Dubai, has announced major expansion plans to build 45 new service stations in the Kingdom of ...



Saudi-Tunisian relations: Balancing fiscal support and foreign policy

Short-term fiscal support and longer-term boosts to investment and trade are greatly needed in Tunisia, a country struggling to stabilize its economy. ...



MCIT, Huawei launch Kingdom’s first IoT Lab

The Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT) and Huawei have announced the launch of the Kingdom’s first Internet of Things (IoT) lab and a ...



The ‘Flower Men’ of Saudi Arabia

Today, mostly concentrated in the southern Arabian Peninsula, Qahtanis are said to be the oldest social formations in the area, claiming to be the descendants ...


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War in Yemen

Yemen’s warring parties exchange prisoner lists, talks focus on Hodeidah

Yemen’s Houthi movement and the Saudi-backed government on Tuesday exchanged lists of some 15,000 prisoners for a swap agreed as a confidence-building measure at the ...


Iran Sanctions

EU Sees Effort to Sidestep Iran Sanctions Ready by End of Year

“I would expect this instrument to be established in the coming weeks, so before the end of the year, as a way to protect and ...



Does a New US Goal for Syrian Training Portend a Longer Mission?

The United States is now aiming to train up to 40,000 local troops to fight ISIS, ensure stability, and help with diplomacy, Joint Chiefs Chairman ...


Oil Prices

OPEC and non-OPEC cooperation deal to be signed in three months: UAE

A general cooperation agreement between OPEC and non-OPEC countries will be signed in three months’ time in Saudi Arabia, the UAE’s energy minister said on ...


U.S. Military

Who Is Paying for the War in Yemen?

“Although DoD has received some reimbursement for inflight refueling assistance provided to the Saudi-led coalition (SLC), U.S. Central Command recently reviewed its records and found ...



Climate change: COP24 fails to adopt key scientific report

The IPCC report on the impacts of a temperature rise of 1.5C, had a significant impact when it was launched last October. Scientists and many delegates ...


Jamal Khashoggi

Time names Jamal Khashoggi, targeted journalists as 2018 ‘Person of Year’

Slain Saudi writer Jamal Khashoggi and other journalists who've been imprisoned, condemned or killed in the course of their work were named Tuesday as Time ...



Middle East Servers Targeted in Cyberattack Against Saipem

The Italian oil-services company Saipem SpA is still assessing the scope and impact of a cyberattack that targeted its servers in the Middle East, according ...



Why Is Qatar Leaving OPEC?

The surprising declaration by Qatar about leaving OPEC on Jan. 1 is a strategic response by the country to a changing energy landscape and the ...



Nike Middle East’s Latest Campaign Calls On Dubai’s Young Emerging Athletes To Rep Their City

We Play DXB’ calls on some of Dubai’s up-and-coming athletes, ages 16 to 26, who excel in sports ranging from running to football to skateboarding, ...


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