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Once Taboo, Valentines Day is Celebrated in Saudi Arabia

Saudi Kingdom Tower at Night - photo by Lucien Zeigler for SUSTG
Before 2018 in Saudi Arabia, Valentines Day was "an old tradition kept in the dark" and not openly celebrated by Saudis, instead being secretly observed by citizens in the privacy of their homes.

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Here’s Why Saudi Aramco May Be Coming To An Oil Field Near You

Saudi Aramco is now planning to explore oil and gas resources outside of the Saudi Arabian kingdom. This is according to a recent interview given by ...

 

Aramco-SABIC

Saudi Aramco appoints banks to lead debut bond sale ahead of Sabic deal

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Valentines Day

Saudi Arabia Is Quietly Letting Valentine’s Day Happen

The mood at the florist’s was as vibrant as the colors. Fake red roses, amaryllis, and peonies were displayed in the window with natural ones ...

 

U.S. Congress

US House backs measure to end Saudi support in Yemen war

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EU Blacklist

EU adds Saudi Arabia to dirty-money blacklist, upsets UK, U.S.

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Milken Institute MENA Summit

Why US-Saudi relations will stand the test of time

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Saudi king launches $8 billion in development projects in capital

Saudi Arabia’s King Salman launched projects worth 29.9 billion riyals ($7.97 billion) on Wednesday in the capital Riyadh, the latest in a series of high ...

 

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Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund setting up shop in London and New York

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Saudi Aramco

Saudi Aramco and Total invest in high-quality retail fuel network in Saudi Arabia

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Federal Investigation

Feds launch investigation into disappearance of Saudi students facing U.S. charges

Sen. Ron Wyden learned of the probe Wednesday during a meeting in his office with Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Kevin McAleenan, an aide to ...

 

Lebanon

Saudi Arabia to End Warning Over Travel to Lebanon, Envoy Says

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U.S.-Saudi Relations

Thomas Barrack, Trump Confidant, Apologizes for Remarks Defending Saudis Over Killing

Thomas J. Barrack, a confidant of President Trump who served as chairman of his inaugural committee, apologized on Wednesday for statements he made defending Saudi ...

 

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