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Women's Rights

Saudi women gain right to travel without permission

Under the new amendments made through royal decree and announced Friday, passports will be issued to any Saudi citizen who applies for one and any ...

 

Women in the Workforce

A record number of Saudi women have joined the workforce

Just 23% of Saudi Arabia’s women are in the workforce today. Though that’s a great deal behind the global average of 48%, it’s pretty good ...

 

Saudi Stock Market

Saudi Arabia ETF Reflects Importance of Major Index Changes

The iShares MSCI Saudi Arabia Capped ETF (NYSEArca: KSA) has also brought in $612 million in net inflows so far this year, according to ETFdb ...

 

Banking and Finance

Saudi Arabia’s bank deposits rise by $16.88bln in June

Deposits at banks operating in Saudi Arabia increased by 4.5% year-on-year or SAR 63.3 billion in June. Total deposits amounted to SAR 1.677 trillion by the ...

 

Solar Power

Saudi Arabia invites bids for $1.4bn solar PV projects with a combined capacity of 1.47GW

The Renewable Energy Project Development Office (REPDO) issues Request for Proposals (RFP) for Round Two of the National Renewable Energy Program (NREP) that consists of ...

 

SAGIA

SAGIA inks $200mln protocol with Danish, Saudi companies

Saudi Arabian General Investment Authority (SAGIA) has signed a $200 million memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Danish biotechnology firm Unibio and Saudi Arabia’s Edhafat. Under the ...

 

Healthcare

Saudi Arabia backs $550 million investment in health startup Babylon

Saudi Arabia’s sovereign wealth fund, German reinsurer Munich Re and an undisclosed U.S. health insurer backed the round, Babylon says. ...

 

U.S. Congress

U.S. lawmakers still plot to push Saudi Arabia on rights, despite Trump

There are several other pieces of legislation - including 18 more resolutions to block weapons sales - making their way through the Senate or House ...

 

Facebook

Facebook says it dismantles covert influence campaign tied to Saudi government

Facebook has made at least 14 public announcements about takedowns of “inauthentic behavior” stemming from 17 different countries this year. The most recent announcement before ...

 

Walid Fitaihi

Saudi Arabia frees US citizen after nearly two years: report

Walid Fitaihi, who holds dual Saudi-American citizenship, was detained in November 2017, although the Saudi government never gave an official reason for either his detention ...

 

Arabia Foundation

Pro-Saudi Arabia think tank abruptly closes in Washington

Shihabi on Thursday tweeted about “incorrect” speculation about the closure, without citing any specific comments, saying “all organizations have internal politics that develop over time.” ...

 

Arbitration

Arbitration in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia has therefore enacted a new arbitration law that is an improvement over the thirty-year old arbitration law that it replaced. The new arbitration ...

 

McDermott

Saudi Aramco Awards Offshore Contract

Saudi Aramco has awarded McDermott International, Inc. an engineering, procurement, construction and installation (EPCI) contract to provide a wellhead production deck module (PDM) in the ...

 

Tourism

Paris to host exhibition showcasing history of Al-Ula

The Arab World Institute in Paris will host an immersive exhibition titled ‘Al-Ula: Wonder of Arabia,’ presenting rare archaeological artifacts from Saudi Arabia’s Al-Ula in ...

 

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Regional and related topics

Taliban Talks

U.S. preparing to withdraw thousands of troops from Afghanistan in initial deal with Taliban

The agreement, which would require the Taliban to begin negotiating a larger peace deal directly with the Afghan government, could cut the number of American ...

 

U.S.-Iran

Iran says ready for worst in battle to save nuclear deal amid standoff with U.S.

The downbeat remarks by Rouhani, architect of the landmark 2015 accord and a strong proponent of negotiations, hinted he was losing hope of avoiding a ...

 

Al-Qaeda

Perspective: The death of Hamza bin Laden and the weakness of al-Qaida

When al-Qaida loses a potential leader, it is right to celebrate and to consider what is next for the group. Hamza’s rise, however, was a ...

 

UAE-Iran

Commentary: UAE Outreach to Iran Cracks Open the Door to Dialogue

Given Iran’s apparent determination to continue testing the limits of “maximum resistance” with carefully calibrated escalations, the UAE has incentives to use dialogue to try ...

 

Anti-ISIS Campaign

US officials say Islamic State still poses global threat

Ambassador James Jeffrey, the State Department envoy to the international coalition fighting the Islamic State, told reporters that thousands of the extremist organization's fighters are ...

 

Syria

Syria agrees to conditional ceasefire in last rebel stronghold

Syria's government said it has agreed to a conditional ceasefire starting late Thursday in the country’s last rebel bastion, the northwestern Idlib province, where aid ...

 

Yemen

Al-Qaeda launches deadly attack on army base in southern Yemen

An al-Qaeda attack on a military camp in war-torn Yemen has killed at least 19 soldiers, security officials said, a day after dozens of people were killed ...

 

Middle East Peace

Kushner returns to Middle East as Trump envoys accuse Iran of profiting from Israeli-Palestinian conflict

President Trump’s adviser and son-in-law Jared Kushner is visiting Israel and Arab states this week as part of a push invoking the threat from Iran ...

 

Netherlands

Dutch ‘burqa ban’ rendered largely unworkable on first day

Under the terms of the Partial Ban on Face-Covering Clothing Act, the wearing of ski masks, full-face helmets, balaclavas, niqabs and burqas is prohibited in ...

 

Nickelodeon

Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards Coming to Middle East in Abu Dhabi Deal

The five-year agreement comes as "Viacom has invested significantly in this key region," says Raffaele Annecchino, president of Southern and Western Europe, Middle East and ...

 

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