ExxonMobil Announces $20 billion Investment in Manufacturing on U.S. Gulf Coast

Exxon Mobil Corporation said in a press release that it is expanding its manufacturing capacity along the U.S. Gulf Coast through planned investments of $20 billion over a 10-year period "to take advantage of the American energy revolution."

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King Salman in Asia

Why is Saudi Arabia’s king spending a month in Asia?

While trade is an important focus for the Saudi delegation, Asia’s growing role in Gulf security is going to be a major feature of the ...


Saudi Aramco IPO

Perspective: Saudi Aramco Should Stay Out of the Sun

Valuation is a tricky thing to explain, but I am guessing investors aren't discounting Rosneft because they want it to embrace wind power in a ...


SANG Modernization

Saudi Arabia’s National Guard is modernizing: Video

Maj. Gen. Frank Muth, Saudi Arabian National Guard modernization program manager, discusses with Defense News Land Warfare Reporter Jen Judson how the U.S. is supporting ...


Women in the Workforce

A taste of freedom in Saudi Arabia: Video

Women in Saudi Arabia are often seen in the West as oppressed. But the Nesma embroidery and tailoring center in Jeddah is breaking new ground ...


Saudi Projects

Saudi’s top 10 projects are worth a combined $92bn

Saudi Arabia’s 10 largest construction projects are worth a combined $92bn (SAR345bn), according to research conducted by BNC Network on behalf of The Big 5 ...


Banking and Finance

Saudi banking sector’s monthly profits surge by 16%: Report

Analysts at Al-Rajhi said that the sector is benefiting from repricing of assets given the higher benchmark rates on a year-on-year basis and is also ...



Shell clinches $2.2bn from Saudi Aramco in US refinery break-up

Royal Dutch Shell has secured $2.2bn (£1.8bn) from Saudi Aramco following a year of tense talks over the break-up of the pair’s Motiva refinery joint ...



Boeing to provide additional support for Saudi F-15s

Boeing received a $46 million contract modification from the U.S. Air Force to perform interim contractor support for Saudi Arabia's recently purchased F-15s. ...


Malik Nejer

Animation in Saudi Arabia: Shifting the Entertainment Agenda

Today, Nejer has a million Twitter followers, the fourth most subscribed YouTube channel in Saudi Arabia, and a successful animation production company, Myrkott Studio, which ...


Saudi University Students

Saudi: 30% university students drop out without degrees

The fund said the major difficulties it faced include Saudi job seekers’ preference for government jobs over the private ones and specializations that are no ...


Saudi Tourism

Saudi allocates $800m for tourism project loans

The Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage (SCTH) has allocated SAR3bn ($800m) over the next three years to lend to hotel and tourism projects. ...


Saudi Workforce

Perspective: Do we want to be a nation of shopkeepers?

I would urge the Ministry of Labor and Social Development, the head of small businesses and others to have an open discussion with young and ...


Women in Saudi Arabia

Female Saudi horse trainer sees hope for women

Dana al-Gosaibi's passion for horses has been hard to pursue in Saudi Arabia, where conservatives resist women's involvement in sport. ...


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Trump Travel Ban

Trump signs new Muslim travel ban executive order.

Trump is not speaking publicly about the order and no members of the press were present for the signing, but Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, ...


Iraq and Travel Ban

Iraq Agreed to Share More Information With US to Avoid Travel Ban

In order to get off the list of countries whose refugees will soon be barred from the United States, the Iraqi government has agreed to share a lot more information. Baghdad also ...


Women's Health and Fitness

Nike is set to launch ‘Pro Hijab’ for Muslim athletes

The Nike Pro Hijab will be launched in Spring 2018 in response to the increasing number of women in Islamic society ‘embracing sport’. ...


Anti-ISIS Campaign

What ISIS Will Do After Mosul Falls

When a conflict ends, either through force or negotiated settlement, transnational terrorists are likely to disperse in numerous directions. ...


Iran in the Gulf

U.S. Navy ship changes course after Iran vessels come close: U.S. official

Multiple fast-attack vessels from Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps came close to a U.S. Navy ship in the Strait of Hormuz on Saturday, forcing it ...


ISIS in China

After ISIS Threat, China May Have to Get off Sidelines in Middle East

While the direct threat against China and the brutality of the executions has captured much attention, a close analysis of the video suggests something even ...


U.S. Middle East Policy

Commentary: For U.S., Many Options but No Clear Path in Middle East

For the past 30 years, the Middle East has been the theater of most American military engagements — a timeline that covers the bombing of ...



Game of ‘Drones’: the uses of UAVs by militant groups in Iraq and Syria

According to documents published by the Combating Terrorism Center (CTC) on 31 January, the Islamic State had planned the weaponisation of UAVs since 2015 and ...


National Security Advisor

McMaster Faces Limits in Overhauling Flynn’s NSC

And McMaster faces more obstacles than just inheriting a roster of politically connected employees he might otherwise want to dismiss. He’s also taking over an ...


Iran Politics

Rouhani to face conservative front in Iran

The new group pledged to unite all Iranian conservative factions, or Principalists as they are known in Iran, behind a single conservative candidate. Their goal ...



Hezbollah, Israel brace for all-out conflict

The renewed focus on Iran by the Trump administra­tion has spurred an out­break of sabre-rattling in Lebanon and Israel and raised concerns that the calm ...



Bahrain files lawsuit to dissolve secular political party

The country’s Justice, Islamic Affairs and Endowments Ministry accused the Waad party in a statement of “incitement of acts of terrorism and promoting (the) violent ...



Morocco: The king’s dilemma

Six years after the Arab uprisings, Moroccan King Mohammed VI faces his own version of the King’s Dilemma. The current deadlock in the formation of ...


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