U.S.-SAUDI RELATIONS

U.S., Saudi Officials Discuss Regional Security and Military Cooperation

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Saudi Arabia’s deputy defense minister said on Thursday he discussed "regional security and military cooperation" with senior U.S. government officials, Reuters reports.

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Aramco IPO

Saudi Arabia may only sell 2% of Aramco. It could still be the biggest IPO on record

Though official details have not been announced, analysts expect that Saudi Arabia will list between 1% and 2% of Saudi Aramco on the Tadawul exchange ...

 

Saudi Economy

Saudi Arabia’s Economic Update — October 2019

Non-oil sector growth increased as the fiscal stance turned more supportive and the government settled US$43 billion in arrears to private firms. Business confidence surveys ...

 

Global Competitiveness Report

Saudi Arabia third most competitive Arabic economy

Saudi Arabia’s performance has improved by a total of three points over the past year, ranking it 36th globally. ...

 

Saudi Economy

Oil attacks to hit Saudi growth, but damage may be partially offset: World Bank

The attacks on Saudi Arabia’s oil facilities last month are expected to impact economic growth this year, the World Bank said in a report, adding ...

 

Oil Production

Saudi Arabia says its oil output fell 660,000 bpd in September after attacks

Saudi Arabia, the world’s largest oil exporter, told OPEC that the kingdom’s oil production in September fell by 660,000 barrels per day (bpd) compared with ...

 

Employment

Saudi Ministry of Labor Aims for 3 Million New Job Opportunities

Minister of Labor and Social Development Ahmed al-Rajhi admitted that some may consider the figure  exaggerated or unrealistic, but through the experiences of some countries, ...

 

Turkey in the Region

Saudi Arabia and UAE condemn ‘Turkish aggression’ in Syria

The Kingdom’s foreign ministry said the operation is a “threat to regional security” and undermines international efforts in combating Daesh. The attack was a “blatant violation ...

 

U.S.-Saudi

Top Saudi official holds talks with U.S. state, defense secretaries

Vice Minister of Defence Prince Khalid bin Salman, a brother of Prince Mohammed, said in Twitter posts that he met with Secretary of State Mike ...

 

eVisa

Saudi eVisa Entry Points for Tourists

Saudi Arabia has 13 international airports and a further 15 domestic airports nationwide. However, it is important to be aware that not all of these ...

 

Women

Saudi Arabia rules women are permitted to join the army

Saudi Arabia announced on Wednesday it will allow women in the ultra-conservative kingdom to serve in the armed forces as it embarks on a broad ...

 

Diriyah Tennis Cup

Saudi Arabia to stage first international tennis tournament

The Diriyah Tennis Cup will feature a prize fund of $3m (€2.7m). The tournament will be played on a hard-court surface at the 15,000-seat Diriyah ...

 

Desert X

Coachella art biennial Desert X heads to Saudi Arabia

Desert X consisted of large-scale site-specific works staged across the Coachella Valley in 2017 and again in 2019. The new exhibition, Desert X AlUla, will ...

 

Art

Saudi artist’s unique portrait of Princess Diana goes viral

Made entirely of beads, Swarovski crystals and buttons, the unique artwork has been viewed over 100,000 times on Twitter and liked by thousands on Instagram-- ...

 

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Turkey in the Region

Turkey says 109 people killed as troops continue advance into Syria

The Turkish Defense Ministry said in a tweet that it was only targeting PKK, YPG and ISIS terrorists as well as their shelters, weapons and ...

 

Anti-ISIS Campaign

Turkish Invasion Halts Coalition Fight Against Islamic State Terrorist Group in Syria

“We are all hunkered down and not moving,” a senior U.S. administration official said, noting that all intelligence and surveillance missions previously directed at monitoring ...

 

Turkey in the Region

U.N. Security Council to discuss Syria on Thursday after Turkey takes military action: diplomats

The discussion of the situation in Syria by the 15-member Security Council was requested by the five European members, Britain, France, Germany, Belgium and Poland, ...

 

Global Competitiveness Report

Global Competitiveness Report 2019

Ten years on from the global financial crisis, the world economy remains locked in a cycle of low or flat productivity growth despite the injection ...

 

Foreign Aid

Millions in Foreign Aid to China, Iraq, and More In Jeopardy Under Trump Administration

Congress won’t let Trump gut foreign assistance. So the administration made it harder to disburse funds, leaving aid programs in China, Iraq, and elsewhere in ...

 

Eager Lion

Largest Middle East military exercise features Army, Marine ground troops in multi-domain and urban defense

It is the largest military exercise in the Middle East and has weathered even the war in neighboring Syria, early unrest in Egypt, Bahrain and ...

 

Iran

Iran’s National Security Debate: Implications for Future U.S.-Iran Negotiations

Despite significant limits on acceptable speech in Iran, national and elite debates can be vigorous. They often include voices from across the political spectrum of ...

 

Iran

Iran lifts 40-year ban on women entering football stadiums

Iranian women will be allowed to enter a football stadium this week for the first time in nearly 40 years after pressure from soccer’s governing ...

 

Germany Attack

Gunman kills two in livestreamed attack at German synagogue

A gunman who denounced Jews opened fire outside a German synagogue on Yom Kippur, the holiest day of the Jewish year, and killed two people ...

 

Venture Capital

BECO Capital’s Dany Farha On Raising US$100 Million To Invest In MENA Tech

The main challenge is that venture is not an asset class in the MENA region, but that is fast changing,” Farha says. “We spend a ...

 

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