EID AL-FITR

Shawwal Crescent Sighted, Eid to be Celebrated Tuesday

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The Saudi Royal Court said the Shawwal crescent moon was seen in Saudi Arabia on Monday, meaning the festival of Eid al-Fitr will officially begin on Tuesday.

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Eid Al-Fitr

Shawwal crescent sighted, Eid to be celebrated Tuesday

The Shawwal crescent was sighted in Saudi Arabia on Monday, according to the Saudi Royal Court, as a result of which the festival of Eid ...

 

NEOM

Saudi Arabia Plans To Build Mega-City Of Renewables and Robots

The city will power itself with only wind power and solar energy, as the project is slowly preparing the country for its post-oil era. Neom’s ...

 

Technology

Saudi’s Al Hokair to launch VR gaming zones in Abu Dhabi

Saudi-based Al Hokair Group in partnership with Immotion Group will be launching a virtual reality zone at Sparky’s family entertainment centre in Mushrif Mall, Abu ...

 

FinTech

Saudi Arabia’s central bank licences 14 new fintech startups

Saudi Arabia’s central bank has issued trading licences to 14 new fintech startup companies. All of the newly licenced fintech startups operate in either the ...

 

Ministry of Commerce and Investment

1.13m Saudi companies and establishments

Riyadh province topped the list with over 330,000, forming 34 percent of the total existing companies and establishments in the Kingdom. This is followed by Makkah ...

 

Ineos

Ineos billionaire Jim Ratcliffe in $2bn Saudi investment

Under the deal, Ineos will develop three chemical plants at Jubail 2, a $5bn petrochemicals complex run by Saudi Aramco and Total. It said the plants, ...

 

Oil Trading

ADNOC could follow Saudi Aramco with oil trading office in Fujairah: sources

ADNOC could soon open an oil trading office in the eastern UAE port of Fujairah, sources told S&P Global Platts, as it looks to follow ...

 

Saudi-France

French weapons sales to Saudi jumped 50 percent last year

France sold about 1 billion euros worth of arms to Saudi Arabia, with the main item being patrol boats. ...

 

Iran in the Region

Iran Hardliner Threatens Saudis With ‘Shocking’ Response

Amir Abdollahian, who is widely known as the man who determines Iran's foreign policy about the Arab world, did not elaborate on what he called ...

 

Tourism

19 new archaeological sites listed in the National Register of Antiquities in Saudi Arabia

The office of the Saudi National Tourism and Heritage Commission in Asir has added 19 new archaeological sites to the national register of antiquities. A ...

 

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U.S.-Iran

Navy, Air Force Conduct Simulated Strikes On Iran’s Doorstep

The drills included air-to-air training, formation flying, close air support exercises, strike coordination and reconnaissance training, and simulated strike operations. ...

 

Yemen Civil War

Cheap drones are changing the calculus of war in Yemen

In Yemen, civilians have grown used to the high-pitched whine of drones overhead. This past month was no exception, with Houthi rebels repeatedly using unmanned aerial ...

 

Climate Change

World’s biggest firms foresee $1 trillion climate cost hit

More than 200 of the world’s largest listed companies forecast that climate change could cost them a combined total of almost $1 trillion, with much ...

 

Global Oil Markets

Oil falls to lowest since January on economic slowdown

Oil prices fell on Tuesday to their lowest since January on signs that an economic slowdown is starting to dent energy demand and as Russia’s ...

 

Commercial Flights

Middle East airline losses set to deepen amid turbulent global market

Airlines in the region are expected to see a combined net loss of $1.1 billion this year, $100 million more than in 2018, the International ...

 

Gulf-South Asia

New Opportunities and High Stakes for Gulf-South Asia Relations

South Asians have long played an integral role in Gulf Arab labor markets, but strict workforce nationalization policies in Gulf countries are squeezing expatriate labor ...

 

GCC

Analysis: The Gulf Divided – The Impact of the Qatar Crisis

Rather than regarding the GCC as their primary regional alliance, the Gulf countries are now pursuing new alignments. The new regional alignments will reflect shifting, ...

 

U.S.-Turkey

No Backtracking On Turkey’s S-400 Deal With Russia, Erdogan Says

Kathryn Wheelbarger, acting assistant secretary of defense for international security affairs, said last week that the consequences would be "devastating" for Turkey's joint F-35 fighter ...

 

OPEC

Iran sets scene for tough OPEC meeting, opposes date change

Iran has told OPEC that it opposes delaying the oil producer group’s next meeting, setting the scene for another fight with fellow members as U.S. ...

 

Lebanon

Tunnel crossing between Lebanon and Israel went 22 stories deep

The tunnel was rigged with electrical wiring, fuse boxes and communications equipment. An army spokesman said it began almost a kilometer away inside Lebanon and ...

 

Sudan

Sudan: opposition rejects army’s plan for snap elections

Lt Gen Abdel Fattah al-Burhan said in a statement on national television early on Tuesday morning that polls were planned and and that all previous ...

 

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