Overview of Saudi Arabia’s Drive Toward Privatization

Saudi Arabia's push toward privatization is a key component of the government's ambitious Vision 2030 economic and social reform program, and necessary for the Kingdom's goals of diversifying its economy away from petroleum revenue dependency.

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Trump Visit

Trump to reassure Saudi allies, promote business, talk tough on radicalism

Trump's visit to Saudi Arabia is the first stop on his maiden international trip since taking office in January. U.S. and Saudi officials are eager ...


Regional Security Cooperation

Trump to unveil plans for an ‘Arab NATO’ in Saudi Arabia

When President Trump arrives in Riyadh this week, he will lay out his vision for a new regional security architecture White House officials call an ...


Saudi Aramco

Aramco Plans at Least 10 Energy Deals During Trump Visit

Saudi Aramco plans to sign agreements with at least 10 companies including General Electric Co. and oil field-service businesses Schlumberger Ltd. and Halliburton Co. when President ...


2018 Budget

Saudi Minister Expects Expansionary 2018 Budget Based on Savings

Saudi Arabia’s budget next year will be “expansionary but not significantly” and in line with plans to balance state finances by 2020, Finance Minister Mohammed ...



Saudi Arabia’s privatisation plans

Saudi Arabia has said it aims to raise around $200 billion in the next several years through privatisation programmes in 16 sectors ranging from oil ...


U.S.-Saudi Relations

Shift In U.S.-Saudi Relations Might Be Trump’s Most Dramatic Diplomatic Achievement Yet

It may be starting to achieve just that following a behind the scenes breakthrough in U.S.-Saudi relations that may be the most dramatic diplomatic achievement ...


Trump Visit

Saudi Arabia to Push Donald Trump for Harsher Tone on Iran in Riyadh

When U.S. President Donald Trump meets Saudi princes in Riyadh Saturday, he can expect a warmer welcome than the one given a year ago to his predecessor Barack Obama, ...


China Refinery

China’s Norinco and Saudi Aramco line up $10 bln refinery plan

Chinese defence conglomerate China North Industries Group Corp (Norinco) has signed a framework agreement with state-run oil company Saudi Aramco to build a refinery and ...


Qatif Unrest

Attack kills Saudi officer in city known for Shiite unrest

Saudi Arabia says a militant attack on a security patrol killed an officer and wounded five others in a city that has been a flashpoint ...


Al Arabiya

Saudi billionaire sues Al Arabiya founders

One of the UK’s richest men, Sheikh Mohamed Bin Issa Al Jaber, is pursuing a High Court battle with two other Saudi Arabian businessmen over ...


Job Creation

Jeddah Economic City Phase 1 to provide 30,000 job opportunities

The Jeddah Economic Company, the developer of the $20b Jeddah Tower, restated the importance of the Jeddah Economic City and tower projects to Saudi Vision ...


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Will U.S. Intelligence Partners Trust Trump Anymore?

The real danger behind President Donald Trump’s decision to shared classified information with Russian officials isn’t that he did something illegal but that foreign partners ...



The Middle East′s complex Kurdish landscape

Conflicts in Iraq, Syria and Turkey have unleashed a tangle of political and military organizations among the Kurds. DW explains who's who in a struggle ...



Syria war: Turkey will never accept US alliance with Kurds – Erdogan

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has indicated after talks in Washington that he will never accept a US alliance with Kurdish forces fighting in Syria. ...



Dilemma facing anti-IS forces in Mosul

But US forces say that government soldiers taking on IS face a dilemma. Push too hard? Civilians die. Wait too long? Civilians still die. ...


Iran Elections

Iran Election: Supreme Leader Khamenei Will Keep His Power

Iran's upcoming presidential election on May 19th has all the hallmarks of a Western-style democracy: a series of television debates, endorsements by elder statesmen and ...



Israel ‘shocked’ over Trump aide’s Western Wall comment

Less than a week before US President Donald Trump arrives in Israel, the White House has been forced on to the defensive over reported comments ...


Particle Accelerator

Middle East particle accelerator opens in Jordan

The Middle East's first particle accelerator has officially been inaugurated in Allan, Jordan, in a ceremony attended by King Abdullah II and Irina Bokova, director-general ...


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