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Saudi Embassy Responds to Misinformation in U.S. Election Debates

The Saudi Embassy in Washington.
The spokesperson for the Saudi embassy in Washington, Fahad Nazer, responded to “worrisome and false" allegations being made by U.S. politicians against Saudi Arabia as the 2020 election cycle gears up.

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Women in Saudi

Saudi Changes to Guardianship System Ease Restrictions on Women

All of these laws show the Saudi leadership’s efforts to strike a balance between opening up the country and preserving some traditional values by differentiating ...

 

Counterterrorism

Saudi US embassy hits back at ‘false accusations’ undermining Kingdom’s counter terror efforts

“Several senior US counterterrorism officials, who have served in both Republican and Democratic administrations, have praised Saudi Arabia’s counterterrorism campaign and its intelligence-sharing with the ...

 

Oil Markets

Saudis Discussing Options to Halt Oil Slide With Producers

Saudi Arabia has phoned other oil producers to discuss possible policy responses as oil prices fell to a seven-month low, a Saudi official said. The kingdom ...

 

Houthi Drone Strikes

Analysis: Houthi drone strikes in Saudi Arabia and Yemen

While insurgent groups using drones in warfare is no longer novel, as seen from the usage by a myriad of substate actors across the Middle East and North Africa, ...

 

Saudi Aramco IPO

Saudi Aramco valuation gap persists as IPO talks resume–sources

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman is insisting on a $2 trillion valuation of oil firm Aramco, even though some bankers and company insiders say ...

 

Eid Al-Adha 2019

Saudi Arabia confirms Eid Al-Adha 2019 will fall on 11 August

Saudi Arabia’s stock exchange Tadawul announced it would take a nine-day Eid Al-Adha break, starting on 9 August, 2019. ...

 

U.S.-Saudi Relations

Pompeo talks maritime security, Iran with Saudi crown prince

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo discussed maritime security, Iran and Yemen with Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in a phone call on ...

 

Saudi-Russia

Saudi opens door to Black Sea grain with pest rule change as tightens Russian ties

Russia has long sought access to Saudi Arabia’s wheat market as Moscow tries to take further market share in Middle Eastern and North African wheat ...

 

SoftBank Vision Fund (1)

Saudi-backed fund surges after founder’s strategy shift

The fund’s $66.3 billion investment in 81 firms is now worth $82.2 billion, the group added, as the value of its bets in firms like ...

 

Saudi Cup

Newly-Announced Saudi Cup Takes Over Title Of World’s Richest Race

In 1932 King Abdulaziz unified the kingdoms of Nejd and Hijaz in creating the new sovereign state of Saudia Arabia. Horse racing soon became an ...

 

Banking and Finance

Abu Dhabi’s Aldar Weighs Opportunities in Saudi Arabia and Egypt

Aldar Properties PJSC is considering expanding its development and asset management businesses into Saudi Arabia and Egypt. Aldar sees “interesting opportunities” in Saudi Arabia “with the ...

 

Hospitality and Tourism

Millennium Hotels & Resorts outlines ambitious Saudi expansion plans

Millennium Hotels & Resorts Middle East and Africa is driving the growth of the Saudi hospitality sector with its ambitious plan to open new hotels ...

 

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U.S.-Turkey

Turkey, US appear closer to establishing safe zone in Syria

Turkey and the United States appeared Wednesday to be edging closer toward setting up a so-called safe zone in northeast Syria, saying they had agreed ...

 

Iran in the Region

US government warns of Iranian threats to commercial shipping, including GPS interference

The warning, which was issued Wednesday, listed a series of incidents involving Iran since May, including Iran's seizure of the United Kingdom-flagged M/V STENA IMPERO ...

 

Gulf Shipping

Analysis: Party of One? Maritime Coalition Challenges in the Gulf

Narrow seas, rugged coastlines, and scattered islands are conducive to disruption activities by the low-signature, fast-moving boats of the IRGC. Small populations and manpower shortages ...

 

U.S. Middle East Policy

Commentary: America’s Presence in the Middle East Has Hardly Changed Under Trump

Instead, what has changed is the scale of civilian effort that, in most previous administrations, would have accompanied such a military presence. The Trump administration ...

 

Yemen Civil War

Yemen Separatists Storm Presidential Palace in Aden

The separatists, who want an independent southern Yemeni state, are fighting alongside forces loyal to the government of President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi against the ...

 

Syria

U.N. Official: Over 100,000 Detained and Missing in Syria

Reports suggest more than 100,000 people in Syria have been detained, abducted or gone missing during the eight-year conflict, with the government mainly responsible, the ...

 

Middle East Aviation

Analysis: Middle East Airlines – Strategic Diversifiers or Serial Destroyers of Capital?

In 2019 one would be hard pressed to find a frequent international traveler who hasn’t either flown with or heard of one of the four ...

 

Iran in the Region

High-Level Cyber Intrusions Hit Bahrain Amid Tensions with Iran

On Monday, hackers broke into the systems of Bahrain’s National Security Agency—the country’s main criminal investigative authority—as well as the Ministry of Interior and the ...

 

SoftBank

SoftBank says Vision Fund 2 could start investing soon, bags big gains on first

That result was aided by a stellar performance at the first Vision Fund, whose operating profit jumped 66% on year to 397.6 billion yen ($3.74 ...

 

FIFA 2022

Qatar 2022 World Cup workers take part in large strike, video shows

As many as 28,000 people building seven new stadiums for the 2022 Fifa World Cup in Qatar earn the equivalent of only $1.04 (Dh3.82) an ...

 

Egypt

Egypt president urges nation to back push against militants

Egypt’s President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi is urging the nation to back his government’s efforts to defeat Islamic militants, saying it’s the mission of every Egyptian. Wednesday’s appeal ...

 

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