Saudis Celebrate One Year Anniversary of Women Drivers in the Kingdom

This morning, King Salman issued a royal decree ordering that women be able to drive next year.
One year ago today, women in Saudi Arabia were legally allowed to drive on the Kingdom's roads for the first time, a landmark and life-changing event for many Saudi women and an undeniable leap forward for Saudi Arabia's ongoing economic and social reforms.

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Pompeo Visit

King Salman meets Pompeo amid US-Iran tensions

“We’ll be talking with them about how to make sure that we are all strategically aligned, and how we can build out a global coalition, ...


War in Yemen

Yemen’s Houthi rebels in deadly attack on Saudi airport

One person was killed and seven others were wounded on Sunday in an attack by Iranian-allied Yemeni rebels on a Saudi airport, Saudi Arabia said. ...


Women Drivers

What has changed since Saudi women started driving?

Today is the first anniversary of the female driving ban being lifted in Saudi Arabia, and many women are celebrating this day by talking about ...


Financial Action Task Force

Saudi Arabia becomes first Arab country to be granted full FATF membership

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Residency Program

Saudi Arabia Charges Foreigners $213,000 for Permanent Residency

The so-called premium residencies will allow foreigners to buy property and do business without a Saudi sponsor, switch jobs and exit the kingdom easily and ...


Saudi Stock Market

Saudi Tadawul gets $10.8bn so far in 2019 on MSCI upgrade

Saudi Arabia has attracted $10.8 billion (Dh39.6bn) in equity investment inflows so far this year, as foreign investors increased their exposure to Arab world’s largest ...


Banking and Finance

Saudi and U.A.E. Bank Revenue Seen Pressured by U.S. Rate Cuts

Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates banks may have their annual revenue estimates cut by one or two percentage points for every 25 basis basis ...



Trump speaks with Saudi crown prince after calling off Iran strike

President Trump spoke with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to discuss Iranian behavior just hours after calling off a retaliatory strike against Iran at the last minute. ...



Britain’s arms sales to Saudi Arabia may have been ruled ‘unlawful’ – but that doesn’t mean they’ll stop

For now, the UK cannot grant any new export licences to sell arms to the kingdom but the existing licenses and contracts will continue, pending ...


Adel Al-Jubeir

Interview with Saudi minister of state for foreign affairs: ‘Iran’s policies are not acceptable and have to change’

In an interview with FRANCE 24, Saudi Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Adel al-Jubeir said he was hopeful that any possibility of war between ...


Saudi-S. Korea

Energy on the agenda when Saudi crown prince visits S.Korea this week

Saudi Arabia is South Korea's top oil supplier. South Korea imported 101.5 million barrels of crude oil from the Middle Eastern country in the first ...



Saudi airline changes flight routes to avoid Iran’s airspace

The airline says it's a precautionary measure for aviation safety, and Saudi-owned Al Arabiya news channel says the airline's decision affects flight routes over the ...



Silk Road Fund Buys 49% Stake in Saudi Arabia’s ACWA Power Unit

ACWA Power, a developer, owner and operator of power generation and water desalination plants, signed an agreement with China’s Silk Road Fund, introducing it as ...



Saudi to build metallic plane parts in link-up with French company

Saudi Arabia and French aerospace company Figeac Aero are forming a joint venture to build military and commercial metallic plane parts in the kingdom amid ...



Backstreet Boys back in the Gulf with Saudi show

On their “DNA” world tour, the 90s band Backstreet Boys will come to Saudi Arabia for a performance at Jeddah Seasons on the June 27. The ...



Riyadh inaugurates first store to sell handicrafts made by Saudi artisans

The National Handicrafts Program (Bari) inaugurated the Sawgha store at the Radisson Blu hotel in Riyadh’s Diplomatic Quarter. Sawgha is the first Saudi store specialized in ...


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U.S. set to announce ‘significant’ sanctions on Iran as tensions simmer

The United States is set to start the week by announcing "significant" sanctions, while Iran said it could shoot down another U.S. drone if necessary. ...



Trump Bucked National-Security Aides on Proposed Iran Attack

President Trump bucked most of his top national-security advisers by abandoning retaliatory strikes in Iran on Thursday. In private conversations Friday, Mr. Trump reveled in ...



Blow to Turkey’s Erdogan as opposition wins big in Istanbul

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Trump Peace Plan

Inside Trump’s $50 billion economic plan for Mideast peace

The White House on Saturday outlined a $50 billion Middle East economic plan that would create a global investment fund to lift the Palestinian and ...



Russia/Saudi Oil Bromance Is a Pairing of Convenience for OPEC

They got there in the end. After a fraught period when nobody could agree on when to meet, OPEC and its friends will gather on July 1-2 in ...


Tanker Attacks

US proposes tanker protection force in wake of Gulf attacks

US proposes tanker protection force in wake of Gulf attacks ...



US struck Iranian military computers this week

The cyberattacks — a contingency plan developed over weeks amid escalating tensions — disabled Iranian computer systems that controlled its rocket and missile launchers, the ...



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Mo Salah’s magic makes Egypt the Africa Cup of Nations favourites

the 27 year-old Salah looks primed to work his magic for Egypt as they host the Africa Cup of Nations, with the shortest odds to ...


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