Saudi Shoura Council Takes Aim at Much Maligned Saudi Airports, Demands Vision for Change

The Shoura Council asked the General Authority for Civil Aviation (GACA) Wednesday to establish a strategic vision to make Saudi airports among top ranked globally, achieve competitiveness, ensure safety and serve customers in the best manner.

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Bahri in Houston

Saudis Bet Big On Houston As Drilling Activity Picks Up

Bahri Logistics – which had opened its U.S. headquarters in Baltimore back in 1992 – is now opening an office in Houston to take advantage ...


Royal Succession

New Generation Royals and Succession Dynamics in the Gulf States

As Gulf monarchies face a generational transition in leadership, new challenges are emerging. The intensified royal competition comes amid dramatically transformed information environments; societies that ...


Foreign Investment

Saudi Arabia spends money to make money in foreign investment drive

Saudi Arabia is hoping tie-ups with big Chinese and Japanese conglomerates will give it access to capital, markets and technology. Petrochemical giant Saudi Basic Industries ...


King Salman in Asia

The king gives Saudi Arabia’s reform push a helping hand

Knowing Saudi Arabia cannot end decades of oil dependence overnight, the royal trip -- which kicked off in February and took in Malaysia, Indonesia, Brunei, ...


Saudi Credit Rating

Fitch cuts Saudi Arabia’s credit rating

Ratings agency Fitch on Wednesday downgraded Saudi Arabia's credit rating by one notch on concerns that the oil-exporter will struggle to fully implement its ambitious ...


U.S.-Saudi Relations

Perspective: When the House of Trump Met the House of Saud

For last week’s visit, the Saudis did their homework. Understanding that Trump favors visuals, they came prepared with a series of snazzy PowerPoint slides detailing ...



Ex-Google Executive Wants Saudi Telecom to Be the Next Softbank

“We are in a race against time to transform STC,” Tarabzouni said in an interview in his office in Riyadh. “Value is shifting away from ...


Yemen Civil War

Timeline: Two years of war in Yemen

Yemen’s war has killed around 7,700 people and wounded 42,500, according to UN figures, since it erupted two years ago. The conflict underscores the regional ...



A New Start For Egypt And Saudi Arabia’s Weathered Relationship

The current situation, perceived by some as a thaw in the relation between Egypt’s president Sisi and foremost Saudi Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, ...


Food and Beverage

Saudi Arabia Advises Citizens to Dump Brazil Meat as Ban Imposed

Saudi Arabia halted chicken and beef imports from four Brazilian companies that the South American nation’s authorities are investigating for possible sales of tainted meat. ...


Credit Rating

Fitch cuts Saudi Arabia’s credit rating

Ratings agency Fitch on Wednesday downgraded Saudi Arabia's credit rating by one notch on concerns that the oil-exporter will struggle to fully implement its ambitious ...


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Airline Electronics Restrictions

Perspective: Trump’s Laptop Ban Targets Gulf Airlines

The truth is that Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Doha airports have as strict security procedures in place as Heathrow, Charles De Gaulle and Schiphol. ...


Explosive Devices

How the Rise of Electronics Has Made Smuggling Bombs Easier

New restrictions on flights from the Middle East reflect how just about anything with power can be turned into an explosive. ...



Mattis: Expect U.S. troops in Iraq even after ISIS falls

Under questioning from the Senate, Defense Secretary James Mattis said he supports the idea of keeping a residual American military force in Iraq after the ...


Safe Zones

Tillerson’s Push for Safe Zones in Iraq and Syria Faces Questions, Obstacles

Speaking at summit of the 68-member coalition against the Islamic State, Tillerson said the U.S. would set up  “interim zones of stability” without elaborating on ...

Amazon to buy Middle Eastern online retailer sources Inc has agreed in principle to buy Dubai-based internet retailer, one of the best-known names in the Middle East's online shopping market, sources ...



After ISIS: For Iraqis, reconciliation in Mosul will be challenging, and vital

The goal of post-ISIS reconciliation in multi-ethnic Mosul is to avoid the sectarian fighting and Sunni disenfranchisement that helped spawn the jihadist movement and spread ...


Energy Investment

Total energy investments in MENA to reach US$ 1 trillion

While global investments in the industry continued their decline in 2016, down by 24% as compared to 2015, the MENA region is expected to see ...


Death from Above

ISIS’s killer drones are a threat, but the Pentagon is bracing to face more-advanced ‘suicide’ aircraft

The Pentagon, concerned about the danger that small, armed drones pose to U.S. troops, is moving forward with a project that looks beyond remote-control aircraft ...


London Terrorist Attack

The Latest: IS claims responsibility for London attack

The Islamic State group says the attack outside the British parliament in London was carried out by one of its "soldiers." ...


Earth Hour

Earth Hour at Malls in the Middle East and North Africa

Last year, the always-twinkling Burj Khalifa switched off its mesmerizing LED facade and in 2017 the world will go dark for an hour again. This ...


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