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Russia, OPEC sources say Saudi shake-up won’t affect oil pact

Leadership changes in Saudi Arabia’s oil industry will have no effect on cooperation between Moscow and Riyadh, two top Russian officials said, indicating the shake-up ...

 

Saudi Aramco

Saudi Aramco moves closer to IPO with change of chairman

Saudi Arabia has taken an important step forward with its long delayed listing of oil giant Aramco, replacing the company's chairman with someone seen as ...

 

Saudi Stock Market

Saudi Stock Exchange has a healthy IPO pipeline, says chief

But the pace of foreign investment has fallen since investing institutions satisfied their requirements in Saudi markets, and the percentage increase for the year is ...

 

Saudi Economy

Saudi Arabia could slash growth estimates as contraction looms

Saudi Arabia has recently restrained crude production by more than called for by an OPEC-led supply deal to support oil markets. But concern about slowing ...

 

Aramco IPO

What Would Aramco’s IPO Mean for Saudi Economy? Video

Khatija Haque, head of Middle East and North Africa Research at Emirates NBD, talks about the prospects for Saudi Aramco's initial public offering and the ...

 

Tourism and Hospitality

New Saudi visa scheme to be announced 27 September, 50 nationalities expected to benefit

Saudi Arabia is putting the final touches to a “game changer” initiative to attract international tourists, with a visa scheme to open the Kingdom to ...

 

Saudi Economy

Saudi Arabia’s inflation likely to normalise in 2020 – KPMG

Citizen’s Account Program could help to pull out the Kingdom from the current state of prices deflation and into the usual and healthy levels of ...

 

GCC-Pakistan

UAE and Saudi foreign ministers to meet Imran Khan and Pakistan Army Chief Bajwa on Wednesday

Sheikh Abdullah Bin Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan, UAE Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation and Adel Al-Jubeir, Saudi Minister of State for Foreign ...

 

Social Media

Saudis turn to social media as language learning tool

Pop music, TV sitcoms and the power of social media have combined to help encourage Saudis to learn more languages. Multilingualism is becoming increasingly common, ...

 

Health

Saudi aid agency, WHO in cooperation talks

Saudi adviser at the Royal Court and general supervisor of the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief), Dr. Abdullah Al-Rabeeah, met on Monday ...

 

Students

Latest graduates set to become global ambassadors for Saudi Arabia

A second group of graduates are set to become ambassadors for Saudi Arabia around the world after completing a special training program. Students who completed the ...

 

Saudi Aramco

Saudi transport minister appointed to Aramco board

Saudi Arabia’s transport minister, Nabeel al-Amudi, was appointed to the board of state oil giant Aramco, state news agency SPA said on Tuesday. ...

 

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ISIS

The Return of ISIS in Iraq, Syria, and the Middle East

Defeating the ISIS “Caliphate” has treated a key symptom of terrorism and extremism but has not addressed most of its major causes. Reporting by the ...

 

Yemen Civil War

Saudi Arabia Hosts Talks Between Warring Yemeni Allies

A delegation sent by Yemen’s southern separatists arrived in Saudi Arabia on Tuesday for talks with the Riyadh-backed Yemeni government, as the kingdom seeks to ...

 

Yemen Civil War

ISIS revival in Aden further complicates war in Yemen’s south

After 15 inactive months, Islamic State fighters in Yemen have conducted a series of attacks in Aden as government forces and STC separatists fight for ...

 

Iran Nuclear Agreement

France considers $15B bailout package for Iran to salvage nuclear accord: report

The letter of credit would give Iran access to hard currency at a time when it is being frozen out of global oil markets. ...

 

Afghanistan

Inside Afghanistan: Stability in Institutions Remains Elusive

Ahead of the announcement this week of an agreement "in principle" between the U.S. and the Taliban, Afghans remained pessimistic toward the institutions running their ...

 

Brexit

Opinion: Brexit and its Effect on the Middle East

Key international players, including Donald Trump, Vladimir Putin and the Chinese leadership, are eager for Brexit to proceed because they believe (correctly, in my view) ...

 

Lebanon

Lebanon declares a State of Economic Emergency

Lebanon is gripping under the most onerous public debt burdens the world had ever witnessed at 150 per cent of GDP. The country has also ...

 

World Cup 2020

Qatar unveils 2022 World Cup logo round the globe

Qatar unveiled the logo for the 2022 World Cup which will be hosted by the Gulf emirate by displaying it in public spaces in Doha ...

 

Bahrain

Bahrain’s Alba, owner of one of the world’s largest aluminum smelters, raising $1.5 billion in bank debt: sources

Aluminium Bahrain (Alba), owner of one of the world’s largest aluminum smelters, is raising $1.5 billion in bank debt to refinance loans it obtained in ...

 

Iran

Iran’s Zarif Dismisses U.S. Space-Agency Sanctions As ‘Totally Ineffective’

Iran's foreign minister has accused the United States of an overreliance on sanctions and said the latest punitive measures out of Washington targeting his country's ...

 

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