HOUSING AND REAL ESTATE

PIF-backed Saudi mortgage refinancing firm to expand offering in 2019 – Report

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The Public Investment Fund-backed Saudi Real Estate Refinance Company (SRC) expects to issue its first public sukuk this year and a second private placement in the next two weeks, while developing further plans to finance an expansion of the kingdom’s home mortgage market, according to reports.

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Logistics

Making Saudi Arabia a global logistics hub

Even as there is significant investment and expansion of major infrastructure projects, there is a crying need to improve the supply chain – and the ...

 

Tourism

Saudi Arabia Is Said to Seek Funding for Mega Tourism Projects

Authorities are already relaxing rules on entertainment, and by 2030, aim to double household spending on recreation to 6 percent. Concerts, dance shows and even ...

 

Investment

Dr. Majed Al-Qasabi stresses redoubled efforts in opening up for investments

Minister of Commerce and Investment Dr. Majed Al-Qasabi emphasized on Thursday that the challenges facing the world at present warranted the Kingdom and the United ...

 

Economy

Saudi economy ‘continued to expand in Q3’

Saudi Arabian economy has continued to expand for the third straight quarter in 2018 with Q3 2018 GDP increasing at the fastest pace since early ...

 

NEOM

KSA to Announce NEOM Project’s Overall Strategy Mid-2019

Chief Executive Officer of Neom Nadhmi al-Nasr said that a comprehensive strategy for Neom project will be announced within the next five months in addition ...

 

U.S. Congress

Lawmakers renew challenge to Trump over Yemen, Saudi Arabia

A group of Democratic progressives and Republican constitutional conservatives said Wednesday they are reintroducing a resolution that passed the Senate 56-41 last month to rebuke ...

 

Saudi Defense

Commentary: Alleged Saudi ballistic missile base may signal divergence from Washington, experts say

And at a time when Iran, which the U.S. and Saudi Arabia designate the world's top state sponsor of terror, has increasingly sophisticated ballistic missile ...

 

Mariah Carey

Mariah Carey defies activists to perform in Saudi Arabia

Carey appeared with DJ Tiesto, Sean Paul and the Yemen-born singer Balqees Fathi on Thursday in what she has claimed was an opportunity to work ...

 

Golf

Golf: Pieters grabs early lead at Saudi International

Belgian Thomas Pieters struck a flawless seven-under-par 63 to carve out a two-shot lead after the opening round of the inaugural Saudi International in King ...

 

Vaping

What you need to know about vaping in Saudi Arabia

While more Saudis are ditching their cigarettes and joining the vaping trend sweeping the world, the laws surrounding the activity in the Kingdom are shrouded ...

 

Defense

Crown Prince Chairs First Meeting of Saudi Defense Council

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defense, chaired on Thursday the first meeting of the Defense Council. The meeting reviewed ...

 

Saudi-Pakistan

Saudi Crown Prince to visit Pakistan on Feb 16

Saudi Crown Prince Muhammad Bin Salman will arrive in Pakistan on February 16, Saudi Ambassador to Pakistan Nawaf Saeed Al-Malki confirmed on Thursday. ...

 

Khashoggi Killing

U.N. Khashoggi investigator seeks more information in Turkey

The U.N. investigator leading the inquiry into the killing of Jamal Khashoggi said in Turkey on Thursday she had not yet received all the information ...

 

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U.S. Congress

Senate admonishes Trump on Syria

Senators voted 68-23 to end debate on an amendment that warns Trump against drawing down troops in Syria and Afghanistan. Senators still need to hold a ...

 

OPEC

OPEC Output Drops the Most in Two Years as Saudis Lead the Way

Top exporter Saudi Arabia cut deeper than pledged, while its close allies the United Arab Emirates and Kuwait also made sizable reductions. Those deliberate curbs ...

 

Security

Saudi-led coalition attacks drone storage site east of Sanaa

The Saudi-led coalition fighting in Yemen has attacked a site east of the capital Sanaa which the Iranian-aligned Houthi movement used to store drones, Saudi ...

 

Lebanon

Lebanon’s Hariri forms third government

Sunni politician Saad al-Hariri formed his third Lebanese government on Thursday after rival factions agreed a national unity cabinet, nearly nine months since an election. ...

 

Religion

Pope wants ‘new page in history’ on first trip to Arabian peninsula

Pope Francis is hoping to persuade a country enmeshed in a regional war that he has condemned to give Catholics more freedom when he becomes ...

 

UAE Cyber

UAE senior diplomat denies hacking Americans

When asked about Project Raven by reporters at a briefing in New York, UAE Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Anwar Gargash acknowledged the country ...

 

Gold Sale

Cash-strapped Venezuela to sell gold reserves to UAE

In total, the plan is to sell 29 tonnes of gold held in Caracas to the UAE by February in order to provide liquidity for ...

 

Airbus

Airbus A380 Future on Line as Emirates Considers A350 Switch

Toulouse, France-based Airbus seemed to have secured the A380’s future when it agreed last January to sell as many as 36 planes to Emirates. ...

 

Bahrain

U.N. raises ‘serious doubts’ whether Bahrain opposition leaders got fair trial

The U.N. Human Rights Office said on Friday there were “serious doubts” whether three Bahraini opposition leaders were given a fair trial after Bahrain’s highest ...

 

Arms Control

U.S. Leaving Arms Control Treaty With Russia

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has announced that the U.S. is pulling out of a treaty with Russia that’s been a centerpiece of arms control ...

 

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