VISION 2030

Saudi Arabia Approves $24.5b for Water, Agriculture, and Environment Spending to Meet Vision 2030 Goals

The Kingdom now has about 520 dams in various regions to preserve rain and flood water,
Saudi Arabia has approved $24.5b for water, agriculture, and environment spending to allow government leaders to meet 16 goals set as part of its Vision 2030 development plan, Reuters reports.

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Change in Saudi Arabia

Is Saudi Arabia on the cusp of change?

But, in Saudi Arabia now, talk of change is measured in months. ...

 

Saudi Economy

How Saudi Arabia Fixed Its Cash Crunch

In an interview in Davos last month, Saudi Arabia’s central bank governor, Ahmed Alkholifey, announced that the cash crunch that squeezed commercial lenders last year ...

 

U.S.-Saudi Relations

Saudi crown prince says US-Saudi ties strong

"Combating terrorism is an international obligation which requires coming together of world endeavours, at all levels, to confront it, security-wise, intellectually, media-wise and militarily," Prince ...

 

Environment, Water and Agriculture

Saudi govt approves $24.5 billion support for agriculture, water, environment

Abdulrahman al-Fadhli, minister for environment, water and agriculture said in a speech at an industry conference his ministry had received "support" from the government to ...

 

Streaming Video

Streaming Services Surge in Saudi Arabian Peninsula

IHT forecasts that primary pay-TV subscribers in MENA will grow 31%, from 4.95 million in 2015 to 6.46 million in 2020. That would still be ...

 

News Sources

53% of Saudis prefer online press: Poll

A recent public opinion survey showed that 53 percent Saudis prefer online reading of news, while 23 percent favor reading printed papers. ...

 

Abdullah Jaber

Saudi cartoonist on ‘reflecting society’ back to readers

But he says it is the balancing act of avoiding what he deemed as “short-lived red lines” and for Saudis to recognize the difficulties in ...

 

Education and Training

Saudi Arabia to build 100 model schools costing $1.33bln

Hundred model international schools will be established in Jeddah, Riyadh, Dammam and other populated Saudi cities within the next few years as part of a ...

 

Social Media

Saudi social media users break silence on violence against women

The hashtag #Break_Your_Silence_Speak_Up went viral among Saudi women who started sharing their bitter stories that often go untold. ...

 

China Oil Contracts

Saudi Aramco inks first ever crude oil contract with China’s Huajin – sources

The contract, the first between Aramco and Huajin, comes after Russia overtook Saudi Arabia as the top crude supplier to China, the world's second largest ...

 

Saudi-Lebanon

Saudi-Lebanese ties warm up under watchful eye of Iran

Saudi Arabia has appointed a new ambassador — a post vacant since last summer — and will allow the re­turn of Saudi tourists and increased ...

 

Renewable Energy

Saudi Arabia launches significant push for growth in renewables

The energy minister, Khalid Al-Falih, speaking at an energy industry event in Abu Dhabi, said the kingdom produces very little renewable energy, representing less than ...

 

Entertainment in Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia is building cinemas, says Arabian Centres CEO

Saudi Arabia’s largest mall operator has revealed that its new malls under development have space allocated for cinemas. ...

 

Jeddah Raids

Saudi forces arrest 7 terror suspects in Jeddah raids

Seven terror suspects were arrested in a series of raids in Jeddah early on Saturday morning, authorities said. ...

 

Tire Market

Saudi tire market forecast to grow 3.2 times by 2026

Based on vehicle type, the four wheeler vehicle tire segment is estimated to account for more than 60% volume share of the overall Saudi market ...

 

Airport Projects

Saudi government approves land for upcoming airport projects

Saudi government has approved two prime locations – Sudair City for Industry and Businesses and Riyadh-Hawtat Rani Tamim Road – for its upcoming airport projects, ...

 

Dasman

Why was a truck gifted to Saudi Arabia’s King Salman?

King Salman remembered this type of truck well and told me that they used them for transporting horses and that at the time they used ...

 

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Anwar Al-Awlaki

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U.S.-Iran Relations

Why Iran-US war of words won’t turn physical

As much as the United States' new tone toward Iran is worrisome, and as much as the Islamic Republic's Jan. 29 ballistic missile test is disconcerting, ...

 

Donald Trump Presidency

NSA so concerned over Donald Trump’s ties to Russia they’ve ‘withheld information from presidential briefings’

An NSA official told the New York Observer it was holding back some of the "good stuff" from the White House, while one Pentagon worker said: ...

 

Aleppo

Breaking Aleppo report details city’s ‘indiscriminate’ destruction, debunking Russia’s claims

Collating evidence from a variety of sources, including the Russian government, the Atlantic Council report, titled "Breaking Aleppo", details the "indiscriminate" destruction of the city ...

 

Jihadi Trainers

The Blackwater of Jihad

The outfit’s fighting prowess and training programs are renowned among jihadis in Syria and their admirers elsewhere. ...

 

MENA Investments

Here’s Why MENA Investors Should Look Closer To Home

For private equity and venture capital investors, emerging markets (EM) have long felt like the Wild West. ...

 

Secretary of State

Americans Mixed on Secretary of State Rex Tillerson

Tillerson's fairly high "no opinion" rating gives room for his ratings to improve or worsen as Americans become more familiar with him. ...

 

Libya

U.N. chief says Fayyad right man for Libya envoy despite U.S. objection

U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said on Monday he believed former Palestinian prime minister Salam Fayyad was the right person to be the world body's envoy ...

 

Iran Sanctions

Amazon admits it may have to pay fine for violating Iran sanctions

Company says it 'processed and delivered orders of consumer products for certain individuals and entities' on a banned list ...

 

Church of Loaves and Fishes

Jesus miracle church in Israel reopens after arson attack

A mass has been held to reopen a Roman Catholic church in northern Israel badly damaged in an arson attack by Jewish extremists in 2015. ...

 

Palestinian Statehood

Americans Tepid on Palestinian Statehood

Currently, 45% of Americans support establishing an independent Palestinian state on the West Bank and Gaza Strip while 42% oppose it. This follows years of ...

 

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