Historic Change Opens Up Saudi Arabia to Foreign Tourists, Relaxes Dress Restrictions

Saudi Arabia announced a new tourist visa scheme on Friday that will see the Kingdom open up to international leisure travelers for the first time, a historic milestone in a broader push to diversify and modernize its economy and society.

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Saudi Arabia to open up to foreign tourists with new visas

On Friday, the kingdom will launch a visa regime for 49 countries and relax strict dress codes for female visitors. ...


Dress Code

Saudi Arabia Drops Dress Code for Foreign Women in Tourism Push

Foreign women won’t have to wear an abaya, the flowing cloak that’s been mandatory attire for decades, though they’ll be instructed to wear “modest clothing,” ...



US Sending Troops, Weaponry to Saudis to Boost Kingdom’s Air Defenses

The movement is the first step in responding to what officials call an Iranian attack on Saudi oil facilities earlier this month. One U.S. official ...


Aramco IPO

Saudi Aramco lures sovereign funds to hit $2 trillion IPO valuation – sources

State-owned Saudi Aramco has approached Abu Dhabi Investment Authority (ADIA), Singapore’s GIC and other sovereign wealth funds to invest in the domestic leg of the ...


Oil Facility Attacks

Team from U.S., Europe, Saudi Arabia and U.N. to report on Sept. 14 attack: U.S. official

A team made up of representatives from the United States, Europe, Saudi Arabia and the United Nations will investigate the Sept. 14 attacks on Saudi ...


Iran in the Region

Financial pressure is the best way to control Iran, says Saudi foreign minister

“We have known that regime for 40 years," Mr Al Assaf said. "It is good at nothing but masterminding explosions, destruction and assassinations, not only ...



Saudi Arabia Agrees to Partial Cease-Fire in War-Shattered Yemen

Saudi Arabia has moved to impose a partial cease-fire in Yemen, say people familiar with the plans, as Riyadh and the Houthi militants the kingdom is ...



Saudi Arabia Maintains Position as China’s Largest Oil Supplier in August

China said days after the Sept. 14 attack on Saudi oil facilities that knocked out half the output of the world’s top oil exporter that ...



Saudi Aramco’s ethane supplies back to normal, say several petrochemical companies

Ethane supplies from Saudi Aramco have returned to normal levels Thursday, several petrochemical companies in Saudi Arabia announced in statements made on the Saudi stock ...


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On Saturday, Afghans will vote in the country’s fourth presidential election since Taliban rule ended in 2001. Twice delayed because of security fears, the election ...


Jet Fuel

Competition Heats Up to Send Europe Jet Fuel After Saudi Attacks

Nations, including the U.S., are showing interest in shipping cargoes to Europe to offset supply lost by the attacks on Saudi Arabia’s key Abqaiq crude-processing ...



Egypt steps up security as country braces for more anti-Sisi protests

Egyptian authorities have enacted heightened security measures, including sealing off Tahrir Square in Cairo entirely, as the country braced for further protest. ...


China in the Region

Commentary: Why Iran has got China wrong: Beijing will follow its own playbook in countering the US-led West

From China’s perspective, however, this is all reflective of the fact that everyone appears to want to show that Beijing is on their side. In ...


Gulf Shipping

UK renews Iran criticism after tanker released

Iran seized the tanker July 19 in the Strait of Hormuz, the narrow mouth of the Persian Gulf through which 20% of all oil passes. ...


Oil Facility Attacks

Israel Points Finger at Iran’s Khamenei in Saudi Oil Attack

Katz also used his speech to raise Israel’s pursuit of peace agreements with its Arab neighbors, who share a mutual enemy in Iran. He named ...



Ancient gold coffin repatriated to Egypt in New York ceremony

A repatriation ceremony took place Wednesday following the recovery of a stolen Egyptian artifact previously on display at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. This following ...



UN Human Rights Council votes to extend Yemen war crimes investigation

A resolution renewing their mandate for a year faced opposition from several states, notably Saudi Arabia, which leads a military coalition that intervened in Yemen ...



Qatar promises accessible alcohol for World Cup visitors

Qatar wants to make alcohol accessible for visiting fans when it hosts the 2022 World Cup and will use cruise ships to ensure it can ...


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