Saudi Arabia Names New Ambassador to United States: Princess Reema bint Bandar

Saudi Arabia has named Princess Reema bint Bandar bin Sultan bin Abdulaziz Al Saud as the 11th Saudi Ambassador to the United States, making her the first woman ever to serve in the role.


Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

Analysis: Vision 2030 is Well Underway. Here’s What’s Needed to Make it a Success.

Vision 2030 was designed as a 14-year project; however, in its first three years, we have already seen tangible advances, such as fiscal consolidation efforts, the introduction of a value-added tax, and continued commitment toward implementing structural reforms.

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Saudi Arabia Appoints Princess Reema bint Bandar Al Saud as First Female Ambassador to the US

Saudi Arabia appointed its first female to serve as an ambassador for the kingdom Saturday, naming Princess Reema bint Bandar Al Saud to be ambassador ...


Khalid Bin Salman

Prince Khaled bin Salman appointed Saudi deputy defense minister

Saudi Arabia appointed Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s full younger brother as deputy defence minister on Saturday and named a princess as the kingdom’s first ...


Saudi Stock Market

Foreigners Slow Saudi Share Spree Even as Index Upgrade Nears

Foreign investors are slowing the pace at which they are buying Saudi stocks, even as the kingdom’s inclusion in major emerging-markets benchmarks lies just around ...


Saudi Foreign Policy

Commentary: Crude and politics mingle as Saudi crown prince visits India, China

Trade and investment were the reported themes of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman recent visits to India and China, but it’s probably more than ...



Saudi, China’s CSCEC ink $660m Riyadh housing deal

Saudi Arabia’s National and Housing Company (NHC) and China State Construction Engineering Corporation (CSCEC) have inked a $666.7m (SAR2.5bn) agreement to build more than 5,000 ...



Saudi governor says does not see more bank mergers

His comments came after National Commercial Bank, the kingdom’s biggest lender by assets, and Riyad Bank said in December they had begun preliminary talks to ...


Digital Payments

Kingdom Where Cash Is King Has a Pay Solution for Family Driver

STC Pay, a digital wallet app launched in October by the biggest Saudi telecommunications company, is something of a cross between Venmo and Apple Pay, ...



Saudi Arabia issues more than 4.1 million Umrah visas

The number of Umrah visas issued this year by Saudi Arabia has reached more than 4.1 million. According to data provided by the Saudi Ministry of ...


Domestic Violations

Around 2.66 million held for residency, labor, border violations in Saudi Arabia

Since the campaign began in November 2017, there have been 2,666,916 offenders, including 2,078,375 for violating residency regulations, 407,966 for labor violations and 180,575 for ...


Evening Standard

Evening Standard investor unveiled as Saudi businessman

Abuljadayel previously bought around a third of the Independent, which is also controlled by Lebedev, two years ago. ...



Germany’s SPD wants to extend Saudi arms export halt despite UK-French pressure

The Social Democrats, junior partners in Germany’s ruling coalition, want to extend a freeze on arms exports to Saudi Arabia beyond March 9, despite pressure ...


Royal Family

UAE leaders offer condolences to Saudi King on death of Princess Adwaa Bint Abdulaziz

President His Highness Shaikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, has sent a cable of condolences to the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman ...


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Pentagon Wins a Reprieve with Trump Approval of ‘Residual’ Forces in Syria

General Dunford is “confident” U.S. allies will now agree to stay, but for how long remains undetermined. ...


Middle East Peace

Jared Kushner heads to Middle East to promote peace plan

Kushner, 38, left the US for a five-nation tour late on Saturday, according to White House officials. ...



Careem has mapped 45,000 miles of road in its bid to compete with Uber

In an interview with Business Insider, the founder and CEO of Careem, Uber's largest competitors in the Middle East, explained how the company has mapped ...



The Gulf Countries Are Having Their Own Oil Crisis

Saudi Arabia has just 33 million people, less than one-fourth as many as Russia, the country just below it on the list. Yes, it’s rich, but ...


Taliban Talks

Afghan peace talks: Taliban co-founder meets top White House envoy

The top US envoy seeking to broker peace in Afghanistan has met one of the Taliban's co-founders for the first time, as the latest round ...



Afghanistan’s war killed a record number of civilians in 2018

The casualties included 3,804 deaths and 7,189 injured in fighting between the Afghan government, a US-led coalition of Western military forces, the Taliban, the Afghan ...


Arab-European Summit

Saudi Arabia and Kuwait underline support for Palestinian cause at Arab-EU summit

The Palestinian issue is the “first concern” for Arab countries, the Saudi monarch said on Sunday at the opening of the first EU-Arab summit at ...


Oil Prices

Analysis: Hedge funds bet cautiously on even higher oil prices

Hedge funds added more bullish positions in crude and fuels in the most recent week in the expectation that positive trade talks between the United ...


ME Investing

KKR wants to make more investments in the Middle East: Video

BlackRock and KKR signed a $4 billion infrastructure investment deal with ADNOC. Henry Kravis, co-CEO of KKR, says he is hoping this will be the ...



Sudan protests intensify as Bashir swears in his emergency officials

Anti-government demonstrations began on Dec. 19, triggered by price increases and cash shortages, but quickly developed into protests against Bashir’s rule. ...


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