HAJJ 2019

Kingdom Gears Up for 2019 Hajj Season

Saudi Arabia is finalizing preparations for the 2019 Hajj Pilgrimage season, set to begin on Friday August 9th.

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Saudi Workforce

Saudi Arabia to Ban Foreigners From Slew of Hospitality Jobs

Positions that must be filled by Saudis range from front-desk jobs to management. Among the exceptions are drivers, doormen and porters, the ministry said in ...



Saudi Arabia-owned flour mills start bidding process to go private

Saudi Arabia’s state grain buyer SAGO said it will start the next phase of the sale of its flour mills on Wednesday, which will see ...


East-West Pipeline

Analysis: Saudi Arabia Plan to Avoid Oil Danger at Hormuz Isn’t Much Safer

The kingdom now plans to complete the expansion of the line to carry 7 million barrels a day by September. But as recently as April, ...


Saudi Cinema

Investors urged to open cinemas in small Saudi cities

Seven movie theaters have been opened in three major cities to date, and 27 theaters will be opened in seven cities by the end of ...



First look at Saudi Arabia’s entertainment capital: Video

For many years entertainment was very limited in Saudi Arabia. People used to travel- people used to spend money outside Saudi Arabia for entertainment. We ...


Saudi Economy

Saudi non-oil activity to rise to 3.2% in 2021

Saudi Arabia’s economy is into its second year of recovery after contracting in 2017. Driven by record government spending that aims to develop and stimulate ...


Yemen Civil War

Yemen’s Houthis target with drones Saudi Arabia’s Abha airport

Yemen’s Iran-aligned Houthi group said it launched on Sunday a drone attack on Saudi Arabia’s Abha airport, Houthis’ Al- Masirah TV reported citing the group’s ...



SABIC still keen on Clariant joint venture once conditions improve

Saudi Basic Industries Corp (SABIC), the world’s fourth-biggest petrochemicals firm, said on Sunday it has no interest in taking over Swiss chemicals firm Clariant but ...



Chinese investment soars on back of Saudi reforms

“We've seen huge growth in Chinese companies in the Kingdom. There was a 100 percent increase in entry to the Saudi market in the first ...


General Authority for Statistics (GASTAT)

Real Estate Prices Increase at Record Rate

The new data goes in tandem with other indices showing the rise in sales of cement in the local market, which recorded an increase of ...


Saudi Cinema

This Saudi film has been nominated from an award at the Venice International Festival

‘The Perfect Candidate’, a Saudi film directed by Haifaa Al-Mansour, will be in the running for the Golden Lion prize at this year’s Venice International ...


Export Fees

Saudi to re-impose fees on steel, cement exports

audi Arabia is the largest Arab steel and cement producer, with output standing at nearly 6 million tonnes and more than 50 million tonnes respectively ...



Saudi King Salman’s brother dies at 96

His sons, however, hold key government positions. Prince Faisal bin Bandar is the governor of Riyadh while Prince Abdullah bin Bandar is the head of ...



Saudi Arabia’s ports authority issues license to Maersk to operate in all ports-SPA

Maersk currently has weekly containerised shipping services to the ports of Jeddah, King Abdullah, Dammam and Jubail ...


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Turkey in the Region

Turkey determined to destroy ‘terror corridor’ in Syria despite talks with US to establish a safe zone

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Friday his country is determined to destroy what he called a “terror corridor” in northern Syria — regardless of ...


Gulf Security

Oman’s top diplomat in Iran talks amid mounting Gulf tensions

Oman’s foreign ministry said on Twitter the two ministers discussed stability and security in the region and freedom of navigation in the Strait of Hormuz, ...



Trump’s ‘maximum pressure’ campaign on Iran faces key test

The U.S. faces a Thursday deadline to decide whether to extend or cancel sanctions waivers to foreign companies working on Iran’s civilian nuclear program as ...


Iran in the Region

Houthis’ Iran-enabled ascent in the Gulf raises security risks

“We have witnessed a massive increase in capability on the side of the Houthis in recent years, particularly relating to ballistic missiles and drone technology,” ...


Strait of Hormuz

Opinion: The Strait of Hormuz, an ancient tinderbox, still sits at the center of global conflicts

Perhaps more than any other Persian Gulf nation, Iran knows the long and difficult history of conflict on its shores. Its own oil terminal is ...



Dubai Is Back and a Bargain, at Least to Stock Pickers With Time

After Dubai’s benchmark stock index lost almost half its value in the past five years, it’s beginning to attract investors on the lookout for bargains. Hobbled ...


Taliban Talks

Taliban reject talk of direct negotiations with Afghanistan government

An Afghan official said Sunday that the government would hold its first-ever direct talks with the Taliban within two weeks, but the insurgents quickly denied ...



The day Emirati troops came to help war-torn Kosovo

The UAE joined Nato’s KFOR peacekeeping mission in 1999 and undertook an aid mission that involved feeding thousands of fleeing refugees on the Albanian border. ...


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