Saudi Arabia Taps U.S.-Based Bechtel Corp to Run State Infrastructure Oversight Office

The National Project Management Office ("NPMO") is something you will hear a lot about in the coming years. Saudi Arabia has tasked U.S.-based Bechtel Corp to oversee its state infrastructure projects, known in Arabic as 'Mashroat'.

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In Red Sea, Gulf states look to block Iran’s expansion

Moves by Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates to expand their military reach across the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden have long-term ...


Saudi Frigate Attack

Navy: Saudi Frigate Attacked by Unmanned Bomb Boat, Likely Iranian

The unmanned boat was likely provided to the Houthi rebels by Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps forces. The U.S. and other countries have intercepted arms shipments ...


U.S.-Saudi Energy Relations

Trump’s energy plan has him cozying up to Saudi Arabia

Trump's policies are expected to boost cooperation with Saudi Arabia by making the country a key ally on energy and combating terrorism. ...


Renewable Energy

World’s biggest oil exporter Saudi starts hunt for solar and wind firms

The world's biggest oil exporter on Monday took the first step toward a goal of generating 9.5 gigawatts (GW) of energy through solar and other renewable ...


Saudi Aramco IPO

Saudi favors New York for Aramco IPO, also considers Toronto, London

Saudi Arabia is favoring New York to list state oil giant Saudi Aramco, while also considering London and Toronto for the prospect of floating the ...


Women in the Workforce

Women take three top jobs in Saudi finance

Hurt by low oil prices, Saudi Arabia last year set out an ambitious diversification plan for the economy in 2030. Part of that reform is ...



Saudi King receives US Senator John McCain

Saudi Arabia’s King Salman bin Abdulaziz al-Saud received at al-Yamamah Palace on Tuesday a member of the United States Senate, Senator John McCain. ...



Saudi clerics keep mum about concerts in the kingdom

As part of the Saudi Vision 2030 economic plan, which is sponsored by Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the General Authority for Entertainment has unveiled a 2017 "entertainment ...


Yemen Civil War

Yemen says Saudi Arabia to deposit $2b to support currency

President of Yemen Abd Rabbo Mansour Hadi has said Saudi Arabia has agreed to deposit $2 billion into the central bank in the port city ...


Doing Business in Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia to focus on transparency to fight corruption

Riyadh Gov. Prince Faisal bin Bandar said here on Monday that Saudi Vision 2030 would ensure transparency and the fight against corruption in its march ...


Jobs in Saudi

64% firms have intention to hire this year

Many employers are planning to hire soon within the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). In Saudi Arabia, in particular, more than six in 10 ...



Saudi Electricity Company sets up new firm to buy and sell power

The board of Saudi Electricity Co. (SEC) on Monday approved the formation of a limited liability company with a capital of 2 million Saudi riyals ...


Saudi Football

Premier League: Referee Mark Clattenburg delays Saudi Arabia move

Professional Game Match Officials Limited (PGMOL) announced last week that the 41-year-old would be leaving England in favour of the Arab nation, but it has ...


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National Security Advisor

Trump taps Army Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster as his new national security adviser

President Trump announced Monday that he is naming Army Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster as his national security adviser, replacing the ousted Michael Flynn. ...


H.R. McMaster

How McMaster Could Change the Way the US Goes to War

“If you look across our history, American military forces, except in conflicts where the political objective was very narrowly circumscribed, we’ve had to consolidate gains,” ...


GCC Defense Spending

Gulf States to maintain defense spending despite oil price slump

Saudi Arabia's total defense budget is forecast at $82 billion in 2016, steadily rising to $87 billion in 2020 while that of UAE is put ...


Trump Administration

One month of Trump: What voters think – and why that matters

Approval of Trump is historically low for a new president. But the other side of the coin is that his own voters remain supportive. Given ...


Nike Middle East

Nike Middle East launches bold campaign to celebrate female athletes

Nike has unveiled a powerful campaign designed to champion women in the Middle East and challenge stereotypes. ...


Iran - Turkey

Iran warns Turkey: Our patience has limits

Iran yesterday warned Turkish officials “to watch their words about Iran” adding that Tehran’s patience has limits, foreign ministry spokesman said. ...


Political Islam

Saudi deputy minister of Islamic affairs: Political Islam caused much bloodshed

Al Sudairi explained, during a seminar held in cooperation with King Saud University on the sidelines of the National Festival for Heritage and Culture Festival, ...



Israeli soldier gets 18 months for manslaughter

Sgt. Elor Azaria, the Israeli soldier convicted of manslaughter in the fatal shooting of a wounded Palestinian knife attack suspect, was sentenced to 18 months ...



Trump Finalizes Executive Order to Put ISIS Detainees in Guantánamo

The Trump administration is finalizing an executive order that effectively tells allies and Islamic State fighters alike: Guantánamo is open for business. ...


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