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Saudi Arabia Gears Up to Host G20 Summit; Saudi FM Travels to Japan for Ceremony

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Saudi Arabia is making major preparations to host the annual gathering of the leaders of the Group of 20 (G20) nations next year in Riyadh, the 15th meeting of the group that is set to thrust the city into the global spotlight.

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G20

With young prince and PR push, Saudi Arabia ready to take over G20 reins

Saudi Arabia is set to take over the G20 presidency for a year as it seeks to bounce back from an uproar over its human...

 

Aramco IPO

Saudi Aramco order book reaches $19.47 billion so far: Samba

Saudi Aramco’s initial public offering (IPO) has attracted approximately 73 billion riyals ($19.47 billion) in institutional and retail orders so far, Saudi Arabia’s Samba Financial...

 

Petrochemicals

Saudi Arabia signs more than $2bn worth of petrochemical deals

The deals were signed in Riyadh between the Saudi Arabian General Investment Authority (SAGIA) and five chemical majors, namely, German BASF, Anglo-Dutch Shell, Japanese Mitsui...

 

Payments

Cashless Kingdom: Saudi approves new e-wallet operator

BayanPay, a digital payments company owned by London-listed Finablr, has received regulatory approval to operate its mobile money platform in Saudi Arabia, as the Kingdom...

 

Qatif

Saudi Arabia’s Oil Heartland Is Calm. That’s Bad News for Iran.

Qatif is an area inhabited mainly by Shiites, who make up roughly 15 percent of the Saudi population and whose branch of Islam is most identified...

 

Dakar Rally

The Dakar 2020 Stages In New Saudi Arabia Setting Revealed

On January 5, 2020, the 42nd edition of the Dakar Rally will kickstart in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. This time around, the Dakar is going back...

 

Saudia

Dubai Airshow: Saudi Airlines Signs Two Agreements With Boeing, Honeywell

Saudi Airlines signed two agreements with Boeing and Honeywell to provide technical support services in the field of flight planning and auxiliary energy. It has agreed...

 

Remittances

Expat remittance from Saudi Arabia drops 11% in 9 months

However, according to figures released by the Saudi Arabian Monetary Authority (SAMA) there is a 4% increase in the amount of money wired by expats during...

 

Art and Culture

Photos: Young Saudis interpet social change into art

A recent art exhibition in Jeddah showcased the work of 22 young Saudi artists from different regions of the country. The exhibition, which is the sixth...

 

Ad Diriyah Season

Lil Wayne, Tyga and Future headed to Saudi Arabia this month

News of the concert comes a day after Miami-born rapper Pitbull, Jamaican reggae star Shaggy, and Puerto Rican singer Don Omar were revealed to be...

 

Lucid

Saudi-backed Battery Maker Lucid Wins Race to Power Formula E Cars: Video

The sixth season of Formula E kicks off this weekend in Saudi Arabia where the slickest and fastest all-electric vehicles do battle outside Riyadh....

 

Global Auto Salon

Global Auto Salon Debut in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

When you compile over 450 cars, 250 exhibitors, and 120 media organizations over a quarter million expected attendees, the Global Auto Salon at the first-ever...

 

NEOM

Saudi Arabia must plan carefully for ‘super cities,’ says strategist

Saudi Arabia has the potential to develop “super cities” in the Kingdom, but must pay careful attention to the economic fundamentals behind such projects, according...

 

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Egyptian Tourism Revenue Surges to a Record

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New steps to be taken to end Qatar dispute, says Kuwaiti official

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UAE in weapons making push as allies restrict sales

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Arab Gulf states expand investment in Central Asia

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Oil Jumps Almost 3% as Saudis Float ‘Cuts Message’ Before OPEC

The Saudi theatre act to prop up the oil market ahead of taking Saudi Aramco public is already working with crude prices getting another 2%-plus...

 

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Microsoft: Iranian hacker group APT 33 homing in on ICS

APT 33 has a history of attacking aerospace and oil operations, as well as politicians, academics and the water source for a U.S. military facility....

 

Education

MIT told to turn over docs related to Russian, Chinese and Saudi ties

The department seemed especially concerned by MIT's handling of its ties to Saudi Arabia, which pledged $25 million to MIT for research in areas including renewable...

 

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