U.S.-SAUDI SECURITY

Ahead of Trump’s Visit, White House Official Tells Reuters $100b in Arms Deals Planned

The newest additions to Saudi Arabia's air force on display in Riyadh.
The United States is close to completing a series of arms deals with Saudi Arabia totaling more than $100 billion, a senior White House official told Reuters on Friday, a week ahead of President Donald Trump's planned visit to Riyadh.

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Fiscal Policy

Saudi Arabia’s fiscal map becoming more transparent

It is precisely this kind of uncertainty and volatility that Saudi Arabia wants to avoid and push toward diversifying its non-oil revenue options. On the ...

 

U.S.-Saudi Military Relations

U.S. nears $100 billion arms deal for Saudi Arabia: White House official

The United States is close to completing a series of arms deals for Saudi Arabia totaling more than $100 billion, a senior White House official ...

 

Vision 2030

Saudi Arabia is trying to reshape its role in the Arab World

Saudi Arabia is a nation at a turning point. From wealth based on natural resources, to wealth based on economic production. From investing in the ...

 

U.S.-Saudi Relations

Donald Trump puts Saudi Arabia at top of itinerary

President Trump’s upcoming visit to Saudi Arabia is a clear sign that the White House is allying itself with Riyadh, as regional power plays between ...

 

Hai'a

Saudi religious police’s new fieldwork strategy includes iPads, but no return to previous powers

The chief of the Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice, or the Saudi religious police, has announced a new workflow ...

 

Islamic Finance

Video: Saudi Arabia to Raise $9 Billion via Sukuk

Fitch Ratings Global Head of Islamic Finance Bashar Al Natoor weighs in on Saudi Arabia's issuance. ...

 

Banking and Finance

Video: Citigroup’s Saudi Expansion Plans

Jay Collins, vice chairman of corporate and investment banking at Citigroup, discusses the company's expansion plans for Saudi Arabia and where he sees opportunity. ...

 

Saudi Aramco

Saudi Aramco close to selecting partner for infrastructure projects

Oil giant Saudi Aramco is close to selecting a partner for a joint venture it plans to set up to oversee government-related infrastructure projects in ...

 

Islamic Development Bank

Saudi-based IDB to provide $453 mln of funding across region

The Islamic Development Bank (IDB) has agreed $453.3 million in financing deals across the Middle East and Africa, including $200 million for renewable energy projects ...

 

Trump's First Foreign Trip

Perspective: Trump should push the Saudis to scale back proselytizing—they may be more responsive than you think

Foreign Muslim diplomats have told me that the new leadership is unusually responsive to complaints about the deleterious effects of Saudi proselytizing. And I know ...

 

Healthcare in Saudi Arabia

Saudi doctor uses Snapchat to offer free medical advice, on one condition…

He provides them with free medical consultations, but insists that in exchange, his patients donate a box of water bottles to those in need. ...

 

Saudi Media

Veteran Saudi editor Turki Al-Sudairi passes away at 73

The “king of journalism,” as the late King Abdullah described him, worked for more than four decades in the media industry in Saudi Arabia. ...

 

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Oil Supply

Oil jumps as Saudi, Russia take lead and extend supply cuts to March 2018

Oil prices jumped 2 percent on Monday after the energy ministers of the world's two biggest producers Saudi Arabia and Russia jointly said that a ...

 

U.S. Middle East Policy

Mohammed bin Zayed visits Trump ahead of US president’s trip to Saudi Arabia

Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed will hold talks at the White House with Donald Trump on Monday to discuss enhancing cooperation on counterterrorism, confronting Iran and ...

 

Family Businesses

Economics 101: Family at the heart of business

One of the GCC’s distinguishing traits is the prevalence of family-owned conglomerates, with family businesses accounting for up to 80 per cent of non-oil GDP. ...

 

Gulf Philanthropy

5 things to know about Gulf philanthropy

Philanthropy is booming in Arab Gulf states. Over the past decade, the number of foundations and nonprofits operating in the region has exploded, up from ...

 

Technology in Israel

Israel’s high-tech sector is thriving, and now China wants in on the action

Go to Israel and chances are you'll install some new apps on your phone, just to keep up. ...

 

Female Jihadis

Female terrorists and their role in jihadi groups

There is evidence to suggest that foreign fighters, including women, find the experience of joining, supporting, or becoming involved in such Jihadi groups an act ...

 

Yemen

Cholera strikes Yemen’s Sanaa; state of emergency called

Cholera has killed at least 115 people in the Yemeni capital Sanaa, the local Saba news agency said, after authorities on Sunday declared a state ...

 

Shale Oil

West Texas oil boom threatens recovery in Canadian oilpatch

In the last year alone, Big Oil has spent more than $25 billion US on deals in the Permian basin, an area of West Texas ...

 

ME SWFs

With Oil Prices Remaining Low, Where Are Middle East SWFs Finding Attractive Yields Locally?

Investments in traditional sectors such as real estate and infrastructure as well as upcoming areas like e-commerce and technology related businesses are gaining traction. ...

 

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