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Yemeni Houthis launch drone attacks on Saudi airports, airbase

Yemeni Houthi forces launched drone attacks on Saudi Arabia’s King Khalid airbase and Abha and Najran airports, the Houthis’ military spokesman said on Monday. A spokesman ...

 

Society

Opinion: Four exciting years in Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia today is very different from what it was just a few years ago. The page has been turned to begin a new era ...

 

National Center for Performance Measurement (ADAA)

Saudi Arabia puts in place new measurement tools for Hajj quality control

The center will target 50 services provided by 16 government agencies to pilgrims from Saudi Arabia and around the Islamic world in Makkah, Madinah, Jeddah ...

 

Labor Regulations

Double delight for Saudi women as labor ministry scraps retirement age rule

The amendments in the labor regulation have stressed that “it is not allowed to discriminate between workers on the basis of gender, disability, age or ...

 

Saudi Oil Policy

Saudi Aramco Cuts All Oil Pricing for September Sales to Asia

Saudi Arabia, the world’s biggest oil exporter, lowered pricing for September sales of all crudes to Asia while raising prices to buyers in northwest Europe ...

 

SABIC

Saudi petrochemical giant faces challenges

Declining vehicle sales in Europe and China are particularly hitting the petrochemical industry hard because automobile manufacturers are dependent on plastics and chemicals in the ...

 

Saudi Oil Policy

Saudi Oil Chief Reaffirms Commitment To Output Cuts During Russia Visit

Saudi Energy Minister Khalid al-Falih stressed in talks with his Russian counterpart that Riyadh would continue to comply with agreed oil output cuts through at ...

 

In-Kingdom Total Value Add Program (IKTVA)

National Energy Services Reunited wins $600mn contracts in Saudi Arabia

As we have previously stated, we would like to see local high- caliber firms from Saudi Arabia that have proven their ability to handle complex ...

 

Saudi Women

It was me! The Saudi woman in the frame for a photo that went viral

“What drove me to have this picture taken is my admiration and deep gratitude toward the crown prince,” Munira, 30, an education technology resources specialist ...

 

Saudi-Russia

Saudi energy minister says he discussed oil markets with Russian counterpart

Saudi energy minister Khalid Al-Falih discussed oil markets with his Russian counterpart and stressed that Saudi Arabia would continue to comply with production cuts until ...

 

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 ...

 

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 ...

 

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Regional and related topics

Interest Rates

UAE, Saudi, Bahrain cut interest rates following US Fed

Gulf central banks largely move in lockstep with the US to protect their currencies’ peg to the dollar. But as the Fed raised rates nine ...

 

Gulf Shipping

Iran seizes tanker carrying ‘smuggled fuel’

Iranian forces seized a ship in the Persian Gulf suspected of carrying smuggled fuel, state media reported Sunday, marking the Revolutionary Guard’s third seizure of ...

 

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 ...

 

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 ...

 

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 ...

 

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 ...

 

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 ...

 

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 ...

 

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 ...

 

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 ...

 

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 ...

 

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 ...

 

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