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Saudi Arabia plans 2.6 GW solar park near Mecca

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The Faisaliah Solar Power Project is planned to be developed in several stages by the Saudi Ministry of Energy, Industry and Mineral Resources and the Development Authority of Mecca.

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Saudi Aramco

Saudi Arabia Looks To Reduce Carbon Footprint Through Global Gas Venture

Saudi Arabia, through its oil behemoth Saudi Aramco, is looking to decreasing its carbon footprint by creating a global gas business, Aramco’s CEO Amin Nasser ...

 

Nuclear Power

Congressional watchdog to probe Saudi nuclear power talks

A congressional watchdog has agreed to investigate the Trump administration’s discussions about sharing nuclear technology with Saudi Arabia, according to people familiar with the matter. ...

 

E-Commerce

Mobile shopping popular with millennials in Saudi Arabia

Millennials in KSA are embracing online and mobile-first platforms for shopping, a new study survey revealed how millennials in Saudi Arabia think about and value ...

 

Construction

$2.1 Billion Municipal Projects in Makkah

The Saudi Minister of Commerce and Investment, Majid al-Qasabi, announced that the total number of projects approved in Makkah municipality during the current year reached ...

 

Energy Platforms

Saudi Aramco, McDermott sign EPCI agreement for fabrication facility in Saudi Arabia

“This facility will serve as a major engineering, procurement, construction, and installation (EPCI) hub for not only the Kingdom, but for the GCC region,” said ...

 

Tourism

Saudi tourism body to train 25,000 women by 2020

There are plans to increase the number of Saudi women in the tourism sector, the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported. The director general of the National ...

 

Travel

Saudi’s Al Tayyar aims to double online booking sales by end-2020

Saudi Arabia’s largest travel company, Al Tayyar Travel Group, aims to double its online booking sales to 4 billion riyals ($1.1 billion) by 2020, capitalizing ...

 

Loujain Al Hathloul

Saudi Female Activist Charged With Diplomat, Reporter Contacts

A leading Saudi women’s rights activist faces charges that include communicating with diplomats and journalists, according to people familiar with an indictment that makes no ...

 

Jamal Khashoggi

Pharo Hedge Fund Returns Saudi Cash After Khashoggi Murder

A hedge fund has told investors it returned money to Saudi Arabia following the murder of columnist Jamal Khashoggi, according to people with knowledge of ...

 

Justice

Picasso painting stolen from Saudi yacht recovered after 20 years

A Dutch art investigator announced Tuesday he found a Pablo Picasso painting stolen off a Saudi sheikh's yacht in 1999. The discovery came four years after ...

 

Tourism

Tuwaiq Palace Heart Tent – Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Walking around Tuwaiq Palace, formerly known as the Diplomatic Club, will give you spectacular views of Riyadh. But the outside views aren’t the only reason to ...

 

Space

Saudi Arabia joins Arab partners to collaborate on space exploration

The dream of an Arab space agency is one step closer to becoming a reality, after Saudi Arabia and 10 other countries signed the first ...

 

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Regional and related topics

Uber-Careem

Uber buys Careem in $3.1 billion Middle East, North Africa deal

As Careem operates in three times more cities than Uber in North Africa, it marks a major shift in the ride-hailing landscape in the region. ...

 

Anti-ISIS Campaign

Now What? Congress Quiet after ISIS Territorial Defeat

With all of the oxygen taken up by the culmination of the most politically-divisive drama of the Trump presidency — the Mueller report — the defeat ...

 

Renewable Energy

Middle East renewables: Gulf nations set out plans for solar energy plants

To date, Saudi Arabia has awarded only two contracts for clean energy projects, with a combined capacity of 700MW. It must show that it can ...

 

Iran Sanctions

Spooked by U.S. Sanctions, China Isn’t Standing By Iran

In short, while China is continuing to benefit from Iran’s energy resources, Iran is struggling to use its earnings to purchase Chinese exports. ...

 

Iran

Iran after Khamenei: Prospects for Political Change

Because Ayatollah Khamenei has always supported a conservative, hardline agenda and worked against any form of "democratization" or "normalization" of the Islamic Republic, the opportunity ...

 

Algeria

Army chief challenges Bouteflika’s fitness for office

Algerian army chief Ahmed Gaid Salah on Tuesday called for the activation of a constitutional article with the aim of having 82-year-old President Abdelaziz Bouteflika ...

 

Morocco

Morocco purchases 25 US aircraft in country’s largest arms deal

Morocco has signed a new purchase deal of dozens of US-made F-16 aircraft, worth $4.8 billion, in the largest military deal in the history of ...

 

War in Yemen

Hospital hit in air strike as Yemenis mark four years of war

The United Nations is pushing ahead with tough talks with the Houthis and the Saudi-backed government to find a political solution to the conflict. ...

 

Israel-Gaza

Calm appears to hold in Gaza despite exchange of fire

But violence could erupt again this weekend, when large-scale protests are expected along the Israel-Gaza frontier marking the anniversary of weekly rallies in which nearly ...

 

Libya

Saudi King Salman meets Libya’s General Haftar

Saudi Arabia’s King Salman met on Wednesday the commander of the Eastern Libyan forces Khalifa Haftar, the Saudi foreign ministry said in a tweet. ...

 

Golan Heights

Trump recognizes Golan Heights as Israeli, boosting Netanyahu and angering Syria

U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday recognized Israel’s 1981 annexation of the Golan Heights in an election boost for visiting Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, ...

 

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