SEVEN WONDERS OF ARABIA

Aramco Expats’ The Seven Wonders of Arabia, a Tribute to the Kingdom’s Remarkable Heritage Sites – Part 1: Madain Salih

Made'in Saleh in Saudi Arabia dates from the 1st century BC to the 1st century AD.
Aramco Expats, an online blog that is a resource for current and former Saudi Aramco expatriates and their families, recently published a series of excellent blog posts on the seven wonders of the Arabia - the best heritage sites and historical places in the Kingdom.

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Tanker Attacks

Saudi Arabia agrees Iran was behind tanker attacks: Saudi minister

Saudi Arabia agrees with the United States that Iran was behind the suspected attacks on two oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman, Saudi Minister ...

 

War in Yemen

Second assault on Saudi Abha airport in two days

Five drones targeted Abha airport and the nearby city of Khamis Mushait, Saudi officials said in a statement. ...

 

Yemen Civil War

Shrapnel, fire in Saudi airport passenger hall after missile strike

As Nadia Assiri waited inside a regional Saudi Arabian airport for her sister to arrive from the capital Riyadh, an explosion threw her to the ...

 

U.S.-Saudi Relations

Pelosi: Congress will block Trump’s arms sales to Saudi Arabia

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) on Thursday vowed that President Trump would have a fight on his hands as he presses to realize a sweeping arms ...

 

Petrochemicals

Exxon Mobil, SABIC to start construction of $9 bln petrochemical plant in Texas

Exxon Mobil Corp and Saudi Basic Industries Corp said on Thursday they would start construction of a $9 billion petrochemical plant in Texas in the ...

 

Alcohol

Saudis Wonder If Another Big Taboo Is About to End

This being Saudi Arabia, of course there’s one thing missing: alcohol. The drinks are virgin because the country bans booze. But as the kingdom goes ...

 

Saudi-France

As Iran nuclear deal flounders, France turns to Saudi for oil

Asked about the link between oil purchases and arms sales, a French diplomatic source was straightforward: “We want to save the nuclear deal because it ...

 

Anti-Twitter

Unhappy with Twitter, thousands of Saudis join pro-Trump social network Parler

Saudis are prolific users of social networks, particularly Twitter. The kingdom has Twitter’s largest user base in the Middle East, with 11.7 million people on ...

 

WWE in KSA

Stephanie McMahon Says Women’s Match In Saudi Arabia Will Happen In ‘Near Future’

At yesterday’s Celebrating Women In Sports event, WWE’s Chief Branding Officer Stephanie McMahon was asked about her father’s company’s deal with Saudi Arabia. ...

 

Extremism

Sri Lanka police bring five Easter bomb suspects back from Saudi Arabia

Five Sri Lankans suspected of having links to Easter Sunday bombings that killed more than 250 people were brought home in police custody on Friday ...

 

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Tanker Attacks

US Military Releases Video It Says Implicates Iran In Oil Tanker Attack

The U.S. Central Command on June 13 said the video shows crews from IRGC boats removing what looks like an unexploded mine from the side ...

 

Tanker Attacks

Unexploded Limpet Mine Removed from M/T Kokuka Courageous in the Gulf of Oman – Video

At 4:10 p.m. local time an IRGC Gashti Class patrol boat approached the M/T Kokuka Courageous and was observed and recorded removing the unexploded limpet ...

 

U.S.-Iran

Iranian leader tells Japan’s Abe Trump ‘not worthy’ of a reply to message

Iran’s supreme leader told Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe on Thursday that it was pointless to reply to a message he had brought to Tehran ...

 

U.S.-Iraq

Trump administration sanctions Iraqi company over alleged ties to Iranian forces

The Treasury Department announced sanctions against South Wealth Resources Company, a Baghdad-based company the administration said trafficked "hundreds of millions of dollars’ worth of weapons" ...

 

F-35 Sales

There are Turkish jets in the Pentagon’s latest F-35 deal. Here’s why that’s not a big problem.

By that framework, F-35 customers will be able to buy an F-35A conventional-takeoff-and-landing model for less than $80 million by Lot 13 — one year ...

 

U.S. Arms Sales

US Senate upholds arms sales to Bahrain, Qatar

The vote on Bahrain was 43-56 and Qatar 42-57, after Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Jim Inhofe, R-Okla., ...

 

Russia in the Region

Russia and its role in the Middle East – Video

Russia has sent troops and planes to Syria since 2015 and has two large military bases there. Russia has also allied itself with Iran and ...

 

Counter Terrorism

White House releases update on global counterterrorism efforts

Libya has been excluded from a list of locations where U.S. military personnel are deployed and equipped for combat as part of counterterrorism operations. ...

 

Energy

Energy transition needed to save planet, Pope warns oil executives

Pope Francis is warning oil executives that a "radical energy transition" to clean, low-carbon power sources is needed to stave off the effects of a ...

 

Nigeria

This Country Recently Became Africa’s Largest Economy. Now It’s Too Big for Businesses to Ignore

Nigeria has overtaken South Africa as Africa’s largest economy. And with over 200 million people, it is the largest market in the continent, its population ...

 

Smartphones

EMEA Smartphone Market Stable in Q1 but Middle East Slump Pulls Down Value, Says IDC

The Middle East recorded the biggest contraction in smartphone volumes, at 18.8% below the year before total, and a drop of almost a third in ...

 

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