Aramco Expats’ The Seven Wonders of Arabia, a Tribute to the Kingdom’s Remarkable Heritage Sites – Part 3: Ad Diriyah

For the third wonder of Arabia, we travel to Riyadh to the birthplace of the modern Saudi state, Ad Diriyah, the sprawling fortified complex of mud brick/adobe mosques, palaces, battlements, and various other clay-colored structures located 12 miles (20 kilometers) west of Riyadh.

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Saudi Legal Reforms Contribute to Kingdom’s Improved World Competitiveness

The latest visit of an International Monetary Fund IMF delegation to Saudi Arabia reported positive results on the Kingdom’s economic reforms. The report explored many ...


Public Investment Fund

Saudi Arabia’s hometown ambitions could clip wealth fund’s wings

Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund (PIF) risks being pulled deeper into Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s domestic projects, curbing its international ambitions and tying its ...


Saudi Film

Saudi Film Fest Hires Former Sundance Programmer, Sets 2020 Dates

The Red Sea International Film Festival, which is Saudi Arabia’s first international film fest, has officially announced its team and set March 12-21, 2020, as ...


Foreign Reserves

Saudi international reserves grow $12.5b in May

Saudi Arabia’s foreign reserves increased by 2.48% year-on-year, or SAR 46.9 billion in May, according to the monthly report of the Saudi Arabian Monetary Authority ...


Debt Finance

Saudi finance ministry closes June sukuk at $732mln

Saudi Arabia's Finance Ministry said on Wednesday it had issued 2.744 billion riyals ($731.71 million) in domestic sukuk, or Islamic bonds, under its monthly issuance ...



Young Saudis Are Starting to Date More Openly— and Very Carefully

Young Saudis have a lot more opportunities to meet potential romantic interests these days. The 33-year-old Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has loosened up some ...


Art and Culture

Christie’s holds auction in Saudi Arabia to raise funds for Jeddah museum

Christie’s conducted an auction in Saudi Arabia yesterday to raise funds for a new heritage museum in the Jeddah historical district Al Balad and a ...



New Saudi shipyard’s first VLCC will be built in South Korea

Saudi Arabian tanker giant Bahri has committed to ordering a VLCC from a giant new shipyard being developed in the King Salman Complex for International ...



Saudi Arabia’s Newly Established Astronomy Museum Is Located Inside the Mecca Clock Tower

In the heart of one of Islam’s holiest cities is a newly opened clock tower reported to be 35 times the size of Big Ben, ...



Saudi security patrols begin in Al-Arda district in Jazan

“this is in accordance with the plan adopted by the Minister of Interior to strengthen security efforts in border areas with specialized forces characterized by ...


Solar Power

Saudi Arabia reportedly reduces NREP phase II bidders to around 60 companies

More than 100 domestic developers were interested in the seven-project, 1.515 GW generation capacity second round of the kingdom’s National Renewable Energy Program. That number ...


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Trump, Saudi Crown Prince Share Spotlight in G-20 ‘Family Photo’

The annual “family photo” at the Group of 20 summit is about showcasing cooperation by world leaders to address the world’s most pressing issues. This ...



Legislators move to limit Trump’s ability to strike Iran

The House and Senate are considering an amendment to block President Donald Trump's ability to strike Iran militarily without congressional approval but Senate Majority Leader ...


U.S. Diplomacy

An uneasy tenure: how Tillerson found himself cut out by Kushner

In one of the most awkward moments of his time as U.S. secretary of state, Rex Tillerson realized his Mexican counterpart was in Washington only ...



Trump-Erdogan meeting could result in sanctions on Turkey if it turns fiery

The two leaders are due to meet at the ongoing G-20 summit in Osaka, Japan, on Saturday, with Turkey facing acrimony from the U.S. and ...



Russian, Saudi ministers discuss OPEC+ deal cooperation

Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak and his Saudi Arabian counterpart Khalid al-Falih discussed cooperation in a global pact between OPEC and non-OPEC states on reducing ...



Libya’s UN-backed government reclaims key town near Tripoli

Libya’s U.N.-backed government reclaimed a strategic town near Tripoli from opposition forces that have been fighting for the past three months to capture the country’s ...



In Bahrain, Gaza Is Pitched as a ‘Hot I.P.O.’ Many Palestinians Aren’t Buying It.

Judged on its own terms, the White House-led conference on improving the lives of Palestinians, staged this week in Bahrain as the first step toward ...



Tunisia moves to reassure tourists after suicide attacks

Tunisian officials have sought to reassure tourists after twin suicide bombings targeting security forces struck the country's capital on Thursday, killing a patrol officer and ...



Al-Qaida Accuses Egypt of Killing Ex-president Morsi in Jail

Al-Qaida is accusing Egyptian authorities of killing jailed former U.S.-educated President Mohamed Morsi, who died in a Cairo courtroom during his trial earlier this month. ...


Yemen Civil War

Exclusive: UAE scales down military presence in Yemen as Gulf tensions flare

The United Arab Emirates, a key member of the Saudi-led coalition fighting in Yemen, is scaling back its military presence there as worsening U.S.-Iran tensions ...


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