IMF suggests Saudi Arabia double its VAT to 10%

Saudi Arabia may spend SAR 100 billion ($26.6 billion) more than originally planned in 2019.
The International Monetary Fund (IMF) suggested that Saudi Arabia would see positive economic benefits by raising its Value Added Tax (VAT) to 10% after successfully implementing a 5% VAT last year.

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Aramco IPO

Saudi Aramco CEO confirms IPO will list locally ‘very soon’

Nasser also confirmed the state oil giant’s aims to list internationally in addition to Saudi Arabia, though did not specify which other locations are under ...


Aramco IPO

Saudi plans gradual listing at home for Aramco: sources

Saudi Arabia plans to list 1% of state oil giant Saudi Aramco on the Riyadh stock exchange before the end of 2019 and another 1% ...


Aramco IPO

Saudi Arabia Said to Tap Kingdom’s Rich to Anchor Aramco IPO

“There is a lot of domestic liquidity but not enough to move the needle that much. As a result, the signalling impact would be more ...



No government contracts to foreign consultancy firms

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Saudi Economy

Saudi Arabia: 2019 IMF Article IV Consultation Staff Report

Reforms are starting to yield positive results. Oil prices and production have been volatile, and uncertainties in the global oil market continue. ...



Saudi Arabia should consider raising VAT to 10%: IMF

The IMF expects the budget deficit to increase this year to 6.5% of gross domestic product (GDP) from 5.9% of GDP in 2018 as higher ...


Energy Policy

Analysis: Policy options for Saudi Arabia’s new energy minister

Prince Abdulaziz bin Salman is the first member of the Saudi royal family to be appointed to the all-important role of energy minister but he ...


Goldman Sachs

Goldman Leaders Court Saudis Over Aramco IPO After 1MDB Fallout

Goldman Sachs Group Inc. is tapping its upper echelons to navigate a notoriously complicated region where it has stumbled of late: the Middle East. After missing ...



BAE chief stands by Saudi Arabia deals in spite of backlash

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King Abdul Aziz Center for World Culture

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Saudi trapeze artist has soaring success with aerial yoga business

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