In Interview, Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman Discusses Economic Reforms, Regional Challenges

The promotion of Prince Mohammed bin Salman means he will be second-in-line to be King of Saudi Arabia.
Saudi Arabia's Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman gave a wide-ranging interview with Saudi TV station MBC yesterday, discussing regional politics, the war in Yemen, the economy, Vision 2030, and Saudi Aramco's planned IPO.

Saudi Arabia

News, analysis, and more

Economic Reforms

Saudi prince says economic reforms working, promises huge investments

The prince overseeing Saudi Arabia's economy said his radical reforms were succeeding in protecting the kingdom against low oil prices, and he promised massive investments ...


Saudi Aramco IPO

Saudi prince: Aramco stake sale won’t be far off 5 percent, will happen in 2018

The planned sale of a stake in national oil giant Saudi Aramco will occur through an initial public offer of shares in 2018, and the ...



Saudi’s Public Investment Fund to make half of investments domestically -prince

Saudi Arabia's Public Investment Fund, its top sovereign wealth fund, will make half of its investments in the domestic economy, Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin ...



Powerful Saudi prince says no space for dialogue with Iran

Saudi Arabia’s deputy crown prince said Tuesday in a rare and wide-ranging interview that there is no space for dialogue with rival Iran due to ...


MBC Interview with MBS

Commentary: Saudi Prince Mohammed Bin Salman’s warning to Iran




An Opportunity For the U.S. Economy To Benefit From Saudi Arabia’s Housing Strategy

In fact, a source within Saudi circles of influence, who spoke on condition of anonymity, asserted that U.S.-Saudi housing partnerships will be worth up to ...


Economic Reforms

Saudi finance minister vows reform push despite benefits U-turn

Saudi Arabia’s finance minister says he will inject billions of dollars into the country’s economy to stimulate growth, while also pledging to push ahead with ...


Short Selling

Short Selling Makes Quiet Start in Middle East After Saudi Debut

Saudi Arabia, the Middle East’s largest share market, became the first in the region to introduce short selling last month. Investors have yet to test ...


Global Oil Markets

OPEC Deal: Saudis Lose Market Share To Iran, Iraq

The Saudis were aware that they would be ceding some market share with the OPEC deal, but opted for higher and more stable oil prices ...



Bids submitted to advise on privatisation of 55 Saudi healthcare centers

The privatisation, which is expected to run into billions of riyals, is part of the government´s plan to ease the strain on state coffers from ...


MBS and Washington Post

The prince’s interview with the Post

I am very pleased with the interview conducted by David Ignatius with Saudi Deputy Crown Prince Muhammad Bin Salman, the spirit of the interview and ...


United Nations Commission on the Status of Women

Saudi Arabia was just elected to the U.N. women’s rights commission

Though balloting is secret, reporters found that the country received 47 votes — fewer than any other country but more than enough to make it ...


Defense Spending

Defense spending – Saudi Arabia Beats USA & China On A Per Capita Basis

If the past decade’s increases in military budgets are viewed in per capita terms, the big spender is Saudi Arabia (40%). In contrast, defense expenditures ...


Sulaiman Al-Rajhi

The Inspiring Story Of Saudi Billionaire Sulaiman Al Rajhi

Sulaiman Al Rajhi started working when he was a nine as a porter, carrying shopping luggage for shoppers at Riyadh's Al Khadra market. ...


Industrial Development

Saudi Arabia, Siemens sign deal to boost industries

Saudi Arabia's National Industrial Cluster Development Program (NICDP) has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Siemens to develop sustainable industries through the localisation of ...


Saudi +

Regional and related topics

Trump and the Region

Trump aide lays out ‘disruptive’ approach on eve of Mideast talks

Donald Trump’s national security adviser described his boss’s foreign policy approach as "disruptive" on the eve of the U.S. president’s first White House meeting with ...


Iran in the Region

Perspective: Yemen Could Be the Key to Solving the Iran Problem

More recently, however, concerns over the complexity of a military operation to drive an entrenched force from a city of at least one million people ...


Iran Election

Perspective: Why Rouhani will likely win second term

Historical trends suggest that Rouhani will be the likely winner next month. But it is in the interest of the political establishment to aim for ...


Chemical Attacks

Echoes of the Past: Syria, Chemical Weapons, and Civilian Targeting

The Syrian civil war has developed a well-deserved reputation as a humanitarian catastrophe. Recent events in Syria continue to bear this grim reality out. ...


MENA Tourism

It Is A Slow Recovery For MENA’s Tourism Sector

Like Turkey, much of the Middle East and the Levant that were previously bustling tourist hubs, are now struggling as armed conflict rages on in ...


Russia and the Region

Russia’s growing economic ties with the Middle East

With more than 80 projects carried out in the Middle East between 2003 and 2016, Russia’s footprint in the region is becoming more visible. Russian firms ...


Muslim Americans

Commentary: It’s time for Muslim Americans to do politics like other minorities

One thing I can say about being Muslim American: We’re good at building mosques. ...


Zeid Raad Al-Hussein

The Arab Prince Standing Up to Trump

Prince Zeid Raad al-Hussein has emerged as the Middle East's most prominent defender of human rights — both in the region of his birth, and ...


Media Freedom

Media Freedom Largely Stable Worldwide in 2016

Across 131 countries surveyed for the Gallup World Poll, a median of 61% of residents said the media in their respective countries have a lot ...



IS group claims responsibility for attack on US convoy in Kabul

A suicide car bomber struck a U.S. military convoy in the Afghan capital on Wednesday, killing at least eight Afghan civilians and wounding three U.S. ...


Iran in Syria

Top Syrian Military Official in Tehran to Coordinate War Efforts

Since the Trump administration’s missile strikes against a Syrian regime air base last month, Iranian leaders have increased their meetings with Syrian and Russian counterparts ...


Recent Editions