Saudi Students See Greater Freedom in Travel with New Rules

New rules put in place by Saudi government authorities have granted the right of all Saudi students studying oversees to travel without requiring a permit from their parents or guardians, even if they are under the age of 21, according to reports.

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Aramco IPO

Saudi Aramco asks banks to pitch for roles in IPO: sources

A third source familiar with said the move to ask banks to pitch was a key step toward the IPO going ahead, unless market conditions ...


Saudi Oil Exports

Saudi Oil Exports Fall to 6.72 bpd in June

Saudi Arabia's crude oil exports in June fell to 6.72 million barrels per day (BPD) from 6.94 million BPD in May, official data showed on ...


Yemen Civil War

Clashes hit Yemen’s south, Saudi-led forces strike capital

Nayera Abdallah in Cairo and Reuters team in Aden; Additional reporting by Guy Faulconbridge ...


Banking and Finance

Saudi banks’ assets hit $622bln in Q2

Total assets of banks operating in Saudi Arabia increased by 8.65% year-on-year during the second quarter of 2019. Assets of Saudi-listed banks reached SAR 2.33 trillion ...


Women in Saudi

In one day, 1,000 Saudi women travel without the need of a guardian’s consent

Over 1,000 Saudi women above the age of 21 went through passport control in Saudi Arabia’s Eastern Province on Monday without the consent of their ...



The Pivotal Role Of Haj In Transforming Saudi-India Ties

A record 200,000 pilgrims from India are going to perform Haj this year, after the third consecutive increase in India’s Haj quota. ...



Saudi Arabia launches instant labor visa service

Saudi Arabia has launched an instant labour visa service, it was announced on Monday. The service will be available through the Ministry of Labour and Social ...


Saudi Students

Saudi Arabia clarifies travel rules on students studying abroad

All Saudi students studying oversees will no longer need a permit from their guardians when they travel, even if they are under the age of ...


Tourism and Hospitality

Promoting Cave Tourism in Saudi Arabia

As part of a major eco-tourism drive, the Kingdom, which is home to thousands of caverns, is developing five cave sites that are slated to ...



Egypt’s RiseUp acquires Saudi’s MENAbytes for undisclosed sum

Egypt-based entrepreneurship summit organiser RiseUp has acquired Saudi-based tech start-up publication MENAbytes for an undisclosed sum. The acquisition includes the publication’s new data platform trackMENA, which ...



A glimpse into the lives of the Flower Men of Saudi Arabia – a colourful tribe with deep roots

Rijal Almaa is an ancient, remote village in the Asir region in southern Saudi Arabia that once served as a vital trading point between Yemen, ...


U.S.-Saudi Relations

Army identifies soldier killed in non-combat incident in Saudi Arabia

An Army Reserve military policeman died during an on-duty incident in Saudi Arabia over the weekend. ...


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Taliban Talks

As Taliban Talk Peace, ISIS Is Ready to Play the Spoiler in Afghanistan

Even as the United States and the Taliban seem close to a deal on an American troop withdrawal, the Islamic State in Afghanistan is making ...


Anti-ISIS Campaign

ISIS Is Regaining Strength in Iraq and Syria

Five months after American-backed forces ousted the Islamic State from its last shard of territory in Syria, the terrorist group is gathering new strength, conducting ...


Iran Nuclear Agreement

Top Iranian official: We should never have signed Obama-era nuclear deal

Shamkhani is the military adviser to Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, and since 2013, has also been the secretary of the Supreme National Security Council, ...



Life, Death and Laughter as Egypt Farmers Battle Climate Change

Packed into an open-air theater to watch a play on climate change, the Egyptian villagers near the ancient city of Luxor rock with laughter -- ...



Key Kurdish Mayors Expelled as Turkey’s Erdogan Increases Pressure on pro-Kurdish Movement

Turkish authorities have expelled the mayors of the three main cities in the predominantly Kurdish southeast, provoking protests and political condemnation. Their expulsion comes as ...



A Journey to Explore What ‘Victory’ Looks Like in a Shattered Syria

On an eight-day visit, three New York Times journalists given rare access to Syria found ruin, grief and generosity. What was missing after eight years ...


Gulf Naval Coalition

Bahrain to join US-led naval coalition in the Persian Gulf

Bahrain has agreed to join a U.S.-led coalition for maritime security in the Persian Gulf, making it the third member of a group proposed in ...



Qatar Plans to Build New Port in Central Somalia Town of Hobyo

Qatar plans to build a new port in Somalia’s central town of Hobyo, ministers from the two nations said during a visit by a government ...


Pompeo Interview

Mike Pompeo: ISIS in some areas is “more powerful today than they were 3 or 4 years ago”: Interview

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo joins "CBS This Morning" to discuss whether ISIS is regaining strength, tensions with Iran, the continuing protests in Hong Kong ...



Do Americans Want War With Iran?

As tensions have escalated once again between Washington and Tehran, most Americans tell Gallup they want to see their country rely more on economic and ...



Goldman Says Lebanon May Cross Distress Threshold With Downgrade

Lebanon’s sovereign ranking will probably be cut deeper into junk by S&P Global Ratings within days, putting its bonds into a category considered vulnerable to ...



Bashir appears in court as Sudan strives to move past his legacy

Four months after his removal from power by his generals, Sudan’s authoritarian ruler of 29 years Omar Al Bashir appeared in court on Monday, the ...


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