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Saudi-based Telecom Firm Arabsat is SpaceX’s First Commercial Mission, Falcon Heavy Launch Successful

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SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy successfully launched its first commercial mission today with Saudi-based telecom firm Arabsat as its customer in a key demonstration for billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk’s space company in the race to grasp lucrative military launch contracts.

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Saudi Oil Policy

Saudi oil cuts deeper than promised: IEA

In its latest monthly oil market report, the Paris-based IEA said production by OPEC leader Saudi Arabia dropped to its lowest level in two years ...

 

Aramco $ Bond

Aramco’s Bond-Sale Billions Make Saudi Stock Inflows Look Tiny

The $12 billion in bonds sold this week by the world’s most profitable company exceeds by more than three times net inflows from foreigners investing ...

 

U.S.-Saudi

Saudi Alliance Makes Khashoggi Issue ‘Tough,’ McConnell Says

"It’s all been overwhelmed by this outrageous act, but a lot of reform is occurring in Saudi Arabia, and we do appreciate having an ally ...

 

Uber

Uber’s biggest investors include SoftBank, Google, and the Saudi Arabian government

In the 10 years since its inception, Uber has found support among some of the world’s biggest backers, with outsized pockets to match. Its largest ...

 

SpaceX

SpaceX carries out first commercial launch: a successful Saudi satellite deployment

The rocket carried a Saudi Arabian satellite operated by Arabsat, a year after sending SpaceX founder Elon Musk’s slick red Tesla roadster into orbit as ...

 

Saudi-Germany

Germany exporting weapons to Saudi Arabia and UAE — reports

Germany's secret security council has allowed weapons shipments to members of the war coalition in Yemen. European nations have called for Germany to lift their ...

 

Saudi-Canada

High court in Canada won’t hear appeal over sale of armored vehicles to Saudi Arabia

The Supreme Court of Canada will not delve into the multibillion-dollar sale of Canadian-made light armoured vehicles to Saudi Arabia. The high court, as is customary, ...

 

Family Businesses

Family Businesses Make Contribution Worth $216 Bn of Saudi GDP

Family businesses have employed approximately 7.2 million, accounting for 52 percent of the country's labor force, said CEO of the National Center for Family Businesses ...

 

Dream NEOM

Misk Foundation, NEOM helps youths to build the future

As part of a partnership signed by Misk Foundation and NEOM company in November 2018, the first activity will take place in NEOM City from ...

 

Aldossary 34559

NASA names a minor planet after a Saudi student

NASA has just honored this Saudi student from the University of California at Berkeley by naming a minor planet “Aldossary 34559”. Faisal received this privilege ...

 

Iran Floods

UAE, Saudi Arabia relief agencies announce joint initiative to help flood victims in Iran

The Emirates Red Crescent, ERC, will coordinate with its Saudi counterpart on the best ways of implementing the initiative. ...

 

Saudi-Sudan

Saudi Arabia to host Sudanese pilgrims until resumption of flights

All flights in and out of the country were halted earlier in the day after President Omar Al-Bashir was removed from power by the Sudanese ...

 

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U.S.-Iran

Fresh U.S. Divide on Iran Emerges Over Expiring Nuclear Waivers

On the other side is Pompeo -- normally seen as among the toughest Trump aides on Iran -- whose State Department advisers have argued that ...

 

Turkey

How Turkey’s industry could suffer from the S-400 deal with Russia

A U.S. diplomatic source has told Defense News that the direct cost of U.S. sanctions on the Turkish industry could reach $10 billion. “And that ...

 

Sudan

Sudan coup: Military reaches out to protesters

The army has said it will oversee a transitional period followed by elections. As part of this, it is imposing a three-month state of emergency, ...

 

Anti-ISIS Campaign

Syria Kurds say deal made for 31,000 displaced Iraqis to go home

An Iraqi official said on Tuesday that Baghdad was making preparations for the return of tens of thousands of citizens, most of them "women and ...

 

Libya

Tripoli forces take prisoners as EU demands Libya’s Haftar to stop offensive

An offensive by eastern forces on the Libyan capital Tripoli stalled in the face of strong resistance on the southern outskirts on Thursday and the ...

 

MENA Aviation

Suddenly Middle East aviation is becalmed; Africa too is stalling – again

After years of being the world’s focus for airline growth and innovation – as well as attracting lots of attention from airlines who felt threatened ...

 

Shale Oil

Chevron to buy Anadarko Petroleum in a $33 billion cash and stock deal

Chevron announced plans Friday to acquire oil and gas exploration and production company Anadarko Petroleum in a cash and stock deal valued at $33 billion. ...

 

U.S. Department of State Announces Kidnapping Risk Indicator

The Travel Advisories for 35 countries have been updated to include a “K” indicator for the risk of kidnapping and/or hostage taking ...

 

Culture Summit

Radical Abu Dhabi arts summit aims to shake up Mideast cultural scene

The Culture Summit saw 350 leading figures from the arts, media, public policy and technology gather on Abu Dhabi's Saadiyat Island for five days from ...

 

Beresheet

Israel’s Beresheet Spacecraft Crashes Into Moon During Landing Attempt

Beresheet ended up covering about 4 million miles (6.5 million kilometers) during this phase of the mission, team members said. No other spacecraft has taken ...

 

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