‘History in the Making’: Saudi Arabia Allows Women to Travel Independently; Enacts Other Reforms

Vision 2030 seeks to promote women's role in the Saudi economy.
Saudi Arabia’s decision to allow women to travel independently is being hailed a historic leap for gender equality in the Kingdom as women celebrate their new rights and freedoms enacted under King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

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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 ...



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 ...


East-West Pipeline

Saudi Aramco fast-tracks East-West pipeline expansion

The line normally carries just 2.1mn b/d — the majority of Aramco's client base is in Asia-Pacific, so most of the country's 7mn b/d of ...



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 ...


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 ...


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 ...



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 ...


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 ...


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 ...



Chiniot, Chagai ore steel mill project picked for Saudi investment

It may be recalled that Pakistan has signed a Memorandum of Understan­ding (MoU) for economic cooperation in mineral resources. ...



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 ...


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Turkey in the Region

U.S. launches last-ditch effort to stop Turkish invasion of northeast Syria

With tens of thousands of Turkish troops massed near the border, a high-level Defense Department delegation plans to present what U.S. officials describe as a ...


Gulf Shipping

US still seeks allies in Gulf maritime coalition

Speaking at a meeting between U.S. and Australian leaders, Defense Secretary Mark Esper said he has already gotten a good response from allies and some ...


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 ...


War in Yemen

UAE military drawdown raises stakes in south Yemen

The Houthis have stepped up missile and drone attacks on Saudi cities, but this is the first serious attack by the group on Aden since ...


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 ...



Rivers of Dust: Water and the Middle East

According to satellites that monitor climate, the Tigris-Euphrates Basin, embracing Turkey, Syria, Iraq and western Iran, is losing water faster than any other area in ...



Afghanistan Loses 42,000 Troops in Crackdown on ‘Ghost Soldiers’

The 270-page report states that 6,445 enemy-initiated attacks, or EIAs, occurred between March 1 and May 31, a 9% increase over the previous quarter. More ...



Afghan official: Policeman opens fire on colleagues, kills 7

An Afghan policeman in the southern province of Kandahar opened fire on his colleagues, killing seven other policemen before fleeing the scene, a provincial official ...



Palestinians design app to navigate poorly mapped West Bank, checkpoints

"We had to design our maps completely from scratch. The wall, checkpoints, settlements ... existing mapping software could never account for the complexity here," Abdel ...


ME Hotels

Will Too Many Empty Hotel Rooms in Middle East Require a New Business Model?

The Middle East saw a 9.3 percent year-over-year increase in hotel rooms in construction as of April 2019. That month’s pipeline data showed 424 hotel ...


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