The Seven Wonders of Arabia, a Tribute to the Kingdom’s Remarkable Heritage Sites – Part 5: Al-Hasa—’The Grandest Oasis of All’

Al-Hasa is the "largest and grandest oasis of all—not only in Arabia but in all of the world. If there is a scale measuring degrees of uniqueness, Al-Hasa Oasis sits upon the highest rung."

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Chinese delegation visits Saudi Arabia to discuss investment opportunities

China's investment in Saudi Arabia, previously dominated by large-scale infrastructure projects, will shift to small and medium-sized enterprises to explore the Saudi market, said Lv ...


U.S.-Saudi FMS

U.S., Saudi share security assistance update

“These once a year, face-to-face, meetings are critical,” Conrad Bonner, the deputy director of Central Command Regional Operations at USASAC, said. “When we are able ...


Saudi Oil Policy

Saudi Arabia aims to expand pipeline to reduce oil exports via Gulf

Saudi Arabia aims to raise the capacity of its east-west pipeline by 40% in two years so more of its oil exports can avoid passing ...


Women in Saudi

In Saudi Arabia, more restrictions on women may loosen

“The argument is always one of economic necessity, but even those top-down efforts, which have been very clear and systematic coming from the king and ...



A Prince’s $500 Billion Desert Dream: Flying Cars, Robot Dinosaurs and a Giant Artificial Moon

These ideas are laid out in 2,300 pages of confidential documents by consultants at Boston Consulting Group, McKinsey & Co. and Oliver Wyman that The ...


U.S. Congress

Congress struggles to sanction Saudis for Khashoggi murder

“I don’t think any of those are going to the floor,” Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman James Risch, R-Idaho, told Al-Monitor. “They’re all going to ...



2 Interceptors Pave Way for New Saudi-French Military Partnership

Saudi Arabia and France inaugurated on Thursday two HSI32 Interceptors for the Royal Saudi Navy at the French Shipyard CMN in Cherbourg, Normandy. According the a ...



Saudi SAGIA signs manufacturing localization agreement with Glaxosmithkline

SAGIA announces that it has signed a memorandum of understanding with GlaxoSmithKline Saudi Arabia (GSK), which will result in significant localization of GSK’s operations in ...



Fitch affirms Saudi Arabia’s GIB rating at ‘BBB+’; outlook stable

Fitch Ratings has affirmed Gulf International Bank - Saudi Arabia's (GIB SA) Long-Term Issuer Default Rating (IDR) at "BBB+" with a stable outlook. The rating reflects ...



Saudi Arabia suspends visas to people from Congo over Ebola

A letter from the Saudi foreign ministry to Congo's embassy in Riyadh, obtained by The Associated Press and dated Wednesday, says the kingdom made the ...


King Salman

Saudi king hosts 200 from Christchurch shootings for Hajj

"It came at such a perfect time and it helps with the grief as well," Al-Umari said. "It's such a humbling thing to be given. ...


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Proxy Warfare

Analysis: The Future of Conflict is Proxy Warfare, Again

To maximize the chances for success and minimize risks, our study recommends a number of “rules of thumb” for policymakers considering the use of proxies. ...



The U.S. Could Lose a War With China

But the sheer number of ships, missiles, planes, and people doesn’t tell the whole story. What already gives the Chinese the advantage is geography. ...



In a naval confrontation with Iran, Great Britain can find neither ships nor friends

Like the U.S. Navy, the Royal Navy has seen a decline in the size of its fleet since the 1980s, only in the case of ...



Commentary: Conflict or Compromise – U.S. and Iran on a Knife’s Edge

If Tehran was counting on Trump to overreact, it must be gravely disappointed. Washington has made clear that the killing of any American would cross ...



U.S. lawmakers denounce Turkey’s Russia arms purchase but unsure of next steps

The F-35 stealth fighter jet, the most advanced aircraft in the U.S. arsenal, is used by NATO and other U.S. allies. Washington is concerned that ...


Iran Nuclear Agreement

Europeans, China, Russia to meet Iran in Vienna on July 28

Britain, France, Germany, Russia and China will meet Iran in Vienna on July 28 to discuss how to save the 2015 nuclear deal, the EU’s ...



It’s not just the Russians anymore as Iranians and others turn up disinformation efforts ahead of 2020 vote

The influence operations in these countries, however, do not all share Russia’s demonstrated preference for Trump and other Republicans. ...


Turkey in the Region

Turkey’s Big Energy Grab

Turkey is escalating its conflict with Cyprus over undersea energy riches, sending warships and exploration vessels into disputed Mediterranean Sea waters in a bid to ...



Perspective: Afghanistan peace talks – U.S. pushes toward “face-saving way out”

The ongoing negotiations between the U.S. and the Taliban are a “charade” designed simply to provide the U.S. a “face-saving way out of Afghanistan,” former ...



Tunisia’s first democratically elected president Beji Caid Essebsi dies: ‘He made history’

Tunisia’s president, a formidable figure in the country’s politics whose career bridged the country’s transition from colonial ward to dictatorship to fledgling democracy, died on Thursday, ...



Oman issues $3 bln bonds out of nearly $14 bln in demand

Oman raised $3 billion with itsfirst foray in the international debt markets this yearafter receiving strong demand from global investors hunting for high returns in ...



Migrants off Libya coast drown in shipwreck, Mediterranean tragedy

Up to 150 Europe-bound migrants, including women and children, were missing and feared drowned on Thursday after the boats they were traveling in capsized in ...


U.S. Military

Do American political divisions impact troops? Here’s what enlisted leaders have to say

About 22 percent of troops who participated in the Military Times survey last fall said they have seen signs of white nationalism or racist ideology ...


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