Photos of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Top Saudi Leaders Visiting Remote Northwest Saudi Arabia Go Viral

Photographs of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and some of Saudi Arabia's top officials visiting some of Saudi Arabia's most famous mountains in the Northwest region of the country have gone viral on social media.

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Sovereign Wealth Funds

Two Saudi sovereign wealth funds among the Top 10 globally

Saudi Arabian Monetary Authority (SAMA) has retained its position as the world’s sixth largest sovereign wealth fund (SWF) with a net worth of $515.6 billion, ...


Saudi Solar

Commentary: Saudi Arabia Reaches Renewable Energy Crossroads In 2019

That rate is in no small part to the excellent lending conditions on offer to the developer, ACWA Power, given that it has a 25-year ...


Ibrahim Al-Assaf

Saudi king taps veteran finance chief as foreign minister to improve image

Saudi Arabia’s king put a veteran former finance minister in charge of foreign affairs on Thursday, aiming to improve the kingdom’s image after the crisis ...



Growing Saudi-Egyptian Ties Face Challenges of Economic Reforms

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s November trip to Egypt highlighted the important regional alliance between Riyadh and Cairo, but collaboration over megaprojects may strain ...


Ibrahim Al-Assaf

Saudi ‘not in crisis’ over Khashoggi affair: new FM to AFP

Saudi Arabia's new foreign minister voiced defiance Friday in the face of international outrage over critic Jamal Khashoggi's murder, rejecting the kingdom was in crisis ...


Royal Family

Opinion: Funeral for Saudi prince provides peek into royal tensions

In Riyadh, King Salman, accompanied by Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman, aka MbS, attended the funeral of Prince Talal, an older half-brother of the king ...


Crown Prince Salman

Saudi Crown Prince mountain visit pictures go viral, generate headlines

A series of photos showing Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman during a trip to one of Saudi Arabia’s most famous mountains have gone viral. The images, ...


Traffic Safety

Traffic Rule Violations Decline Drastically

According to the latest figures of the General Department of Traffic, the fatalities in traffic accidents have fallen by 33% and injuries by 21% over ...



Aramex launches crowd-based delivery platform in Saudi Arabia

Dubai-based logistics firm Aramex has announced the launch of Aramex Fleet, a crowd-based delivery platform, in Saudi Arabia. The company said the new service aims to ...



Video: Saudi ministry builds house in 48 hours

The Saudi Housing Ministry signed three agreements with three specialised international companies on the sidelines of the Future Investment Initiative to accelerate building of houses ...


Public Investment Fund

Dog Walking App Attracts $300 Million Investment From Saudi Arabia

A dog-walking app named "Wag" just got a $300 million investment from Saudi Arabia. The big business is increasingly crowding out the independent dog walking ...


Carlos Ghosn

New allegations against Ghosn concern payments to Saudi businessman – sources

Prosecutors arrested Ghosn for a third time on Friday, accusing him of aggravated breach of trust in transferring personal investment losses to the automaker. ...


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Syrian army deploys around Manbij after Kurdish calls for protection from Turkey

The Syrian army said it had deployed forces around Manbij in northwest Syria on Friday, after the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) urged Damascus to ...


Oil Prices

Oil Watchers See $70 a Barrel in 2019 as Recession Fears Fade

The world’s biggest banks are reckoning on a rebound in oil prices next year as fears of a recession prove misplaced. ...


China in the Region

Master Developers: The New Sino-Arab Gulf Visions of Economic Development

The synergy now created by both Chinese economic statecraft and Gulf states’ increasing orientation eastward is a powerful force that will affect patterns of investment ...



Saudi Politics, Oil and Proxy Wars: Mideast Market Risks in 2019

The list of potential pitfalls for Middle East investors next year is long. ...


AFC Asian Cup

Commentary: It’s Time Asia’s Biggest Football Tournament Captured The Fans’ Imagination

Football fandom often has little to do with football. It is about identity, a sense of belonging. It’s why people who have little interest in ...



How Russia’s military intelligence agency became the covert muscle in Putin’s duels with the West

New details uncovered by The Washington Post also show that a GRU unit has been at the forefront of Russia’s psychological-warfare efforts, including an attempt ...



Bagram’s million-dollar trash economy: 70 tons of trash a day sorted by hand

The heaps of garbage made at the largest U.S. base in Afghanistan fuel a million-dollar economy that has curbed the use of open burn pits ...



Trump: Israel is ‘doing well’ with $4.5bn US aid annually

“I’m the one that moved the embassy to Jerusalem. I was the one who was willing to do that. So that’s the way it is ...



France urges Israel to reconsider settler home approvals in West Bank

Israel’s Higher Planning Committee approved 2,191 new housing units in Israeli settlements on December 25 and 26, though no building permits have been issued yet. ...



Stormy weather to continue across Turkey, Middle East into 2019

Months of unusually stormy weather across parts of the Middle East will continue into the new year as a series of storm systems brings rain ...


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