U.S.-SAUDI RELATIONS

Saudi FM Prince Faisal bin Farhan Meets with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo

Prince Faisal bin Farhan and Mike Pompeo
Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan has met with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in Washington on Thursday ahead of an international meeting of countries committed to defeating ISIS, according to reports and social media.

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U.S.-Saudi

Pompeo meets with Saudi Arabia’s FM Prince Faisal bin Farhan

Prince Faisal bin Farhan was in Washington to take part in the meeting of foreign ministers from the global coalition to defeat ISIS. Saudi Arabia’s delegation...

 

VAT

Saudi VAT revenues hit $12.45bn in a year: Finance minister

Mohammed Al-Jadaan announced the figures during the first edition of the General Authority for Zakat and Tax (GAZT) conference and exhibition....

 

Aramco IPO

Saudi Aramco IPO Book-Building Period To Begin Amid Bearish Forecasts

The IPO offer period or book-building period is scheduled for November 17 to December 4 for institutional investors and from November 17 to November 28...

 

Air Defense

How can Saudi Arabia secure its airspace? Here’s what the kingdom could do, and is already up to

“Saudi defense planning will have to factor in risks that are not unidirectional or from an anticipated attack vector, and to assume that threats can...

 

Franchise Law

New Saudi Arabia Franchise Law To Take Effect in April 2020

In late October, Saudi Arabia's Ministry of Commerce and Investment (MOCI) issued a new franchise law, the Commercial Franchise Regulation of the Kingdom of Saudi...

 

Real Estate

Saudi Dar Al Arkan Lists $600M Sukuk on ‘Nasdaq Dubai’

Dar Al Arkan Real Estate has listed its USD600 million Islamic bond on Nasdaq Dubai bringing the company’s total Sukuk value listed on Nasdaq Dubai...

 

Saudi Defense

Commentary: Saudi Arabia’s Elusive Defense Reform

It is not clear whether there is a serious desire to implement the widespread personnel changes needed to break down the Saudi armed forces’ silo...

 

2020 Saudi International

Stellar golfing field heading to Saudi Arabia

Former Masters champions Patrick Reed of the US and Spain’s Sergio Garcia, in addition to 2016 Open winner, Sweden’s Henrik Stenson, will return to the...

 

Esports

Saudi esports world cup winner a ‘class’ role model for young players: Gaming chief

President of the Saudi Arabian Federation for Electronics and Intellectual Sports (SAFEIS), Prince Faisal bin Bandar bin Sultan, told Arab News he was “proud” of...

 

Art and Culture

Saudi artist Halla Bint Khalid’s retrospective explores identity

Being a female artist in the Saudi Kingdom is hard, but Halla Bint Khalid says it's exactly what makes the challenge "more attractive." Her latest...

 

Horse Racing

Grade 3 Winner New York Central Sells for $240,000 to Top Robust Wednesday at Keeneland November Breeding Stock Sale

Mishref said New York Central would be sent to Saudi Arabia, also the destination of his $325,000 session-topping purchase on Wednesday, Liam’s Legend. New York...

 

Healthcare

Parents’ joy as conjoined twins separated in Saudi

A team of surgeons in Saudi Arabia have successfully separated conjoined twins in a 14 hour operation. The Libyan twins, Ahmed and Mohammed, were born in...

 

Yemen Civil War

Saudi Arabia discussing Yemen truce in informal talks with Houthis

Saudi Arabia is intensifying informal talks with the Iran-aligned Houthi movement on a ceasefire in Yemen, sources familiar with the discussions said....

 

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OPEC+

Russia Is Making More Money From OPEC+ Deal Than Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia on average has cut production almost ten times deeper than Russia since the countries joined forces at the end of 2016, according to...

 

Iraq

Iraq’s protests raise question: Where does the oil money go?

Oil accounts for roughly 85-90% of state revenue. This year’s federal budget anticipated $79 billion in oil money based on projected exports of 3.88 million...

 

Anti-ISIS Campaign

US presses European countries to take Islamic State fighters

Pompeo told foreign ministers and senior officials from some 30 coalition members that it’s imperative that they hold thousands of detained foreign fighters accountable for...

 

U.S.-Turkey

Lindsey Graham tears into Erdogan in tense White House meeting

Congressional aides said that the White House wanted Erdogan to hear directly from the senators about their concerns. It was described as a “good cop,...

 

U.S.-Egypt

U.S. Warns Egypt of Sanctions Over Russian Warplane Purchase

According to the person, the letter said that any major new arms deal with Russia would “complicate” future U.S. defense transactions with and security assistance...

 

Lebanon

Lebanese media: major parties agree on ex-minister Safadi as PM

Three major Lebanese parties have agreed on nominating Mohammad Safadi, a former finance minister, to become prime minister of a new government, the Lebanese broadcasters...

 

Libya

Esper says US forces combating ISIS in Libya ‘continue to mow the lawn’

Speaking to reporters Wednesday while traveling to Seoul, Secretary of Defense Esper said there was nothing that “pops up as necessarily unusual” about ISIS’ presence...

 

Kuwait

Kuwait PM, cabinet quit after disputes with parliament

The oil-rich country has been shaken by political disputes between lawmakers and the ruling family-led government for over a decade, with parliament and cabinets dissolved...

 

Golden Visas

It’s never been easier for the rich and powerful to live in any country they want

Wealthy people can now purchase visas—or straight-out citizenship—in countries such as Thailand, Latvia, and the UK, via a flat fee, “donation,” or hefty investment in...

 

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