Flurry of Business Activity in Riyadh as SoftBank To Launch $100 billion Fund during President Trump’s Visit, One of Many Deals Slated for Busy Weekend

The expected launch of the $100 billion Vision Fund will be just one of many deals and partnerships announced between U.S. and Saudi government entities and private companies.

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Trump in Arabia

Trump Will Probably Have a Great Trip to Saudi Arabia

Predictions are always dangerous, and the last time I predicted something, it was that Trump would not strike Syria, but throwing caution to the wind ...


Trump in Arabia

Trump’s Saudi Agenda: Advance Shared Goals and Change the Channel

The trip to Saudi Arabia is essentially structured into three parts, with ever-expanding concentric circles of engagement. ...


U.S.-Saudi Military Sales

Saudi Arabia and US to announce a $350bn arms deal: Video

Donald Trump set off on his first foreign trip as US president, planning to visit Saudi Arabia, Israel, Italy and Belgium.The Saudi government sees the ...


Saudi Investment

From Oil To Arms: Saudis Move Away From Crude

The Saudi sovereign wealth fund had assets of about US$190 billion at the beginning of this year. In January, one banking industry insider told the ...


Masayoshi Son

SoftBank boss follows Trump to Saudi to launch $100 billion fund

Son's pledge to Trump to invest $50 billion in the United States and create 50,000 new jobs was light on details but spoke to the ...


Human Rights

Critics scrutinize Saudi Arabia’s human rights record ahead of Trump visit

But critics argue that the handshakes and warm smiles ignore Saudi Arabia’s abysmal human rights record. It's unclear if the White House will condemn the ...


Commentary: Trump drawn into Saudi Game of Thrones

SPG is among a handful of firms with ties to Trump that this year have burst onto Washington’s lucrative foreign lobbying scene, which has long ...



Ibrahim Al-Omar: Building a new investment environment in the Kingdom

Our ambition to develop the knowledge economy in the Kingdom will rely on collaboration between domestic Saudi business expertise and innovation, and the knowledge and ...



Saudi Aramco’s Only IPO Foray Provides a Cautionary Tale

The listing was meant to be a test case of how its parent, formally known as Saudi Arabian Oil Co., could use the markets to ...


Tourism in Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia gears up for tourists

I am in a long, air-conditioned trailer in the middle of the Saudi Arabian desert, sitting on a gold-cushioned sofa next to a wealthy Bedouin ...


Toby Keith in KSA

Commentary: Why I’m not surprised that Toby Keith is playing a concert in Saudi Arabia this weekend

When I woke up this morning, I can’t say I would have predicted I would read an article about  the famous American country singer doing ...


Hospitality Training

Aramco to establish hospitality training center for Saudi youth

Saudi Aramco signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Technical and Vocational Training Corporation (TVTC) and the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage (SCTH) ...


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Trump's First Foreign Trip

President Trump’s schedule for his first foreign trip

President Donald Trump will travel to five countries over eight days for his first foreign trip as president. ...


Intelligence Gaffe

Jordanian spies provided ISIL bomb intel: officials

Intelligence on an ISIL airliner bomb plot given by US President Donald Trump to Russian officials originated in part with Jordanian spies, not Israelis,veteran Jordanian ...



U.S. Bombs Syrian Regime Forces For First Time

American aircraft bombed a military convoy flying Syrian flags in the country’s southeast on Friday, marking the first time the U.S. military has targeted regime ...


Iran Elections

State of Iran’s race: Rouhani v. Raisi

Instead of a three-way standoff and the near certainty of a run-off ballot, Iranians are now facing a stark choice between the incumbent, Hassan Rouhani, ...


Drone Warfare

In Urgent Request, US Special Ops Adds 350 Kamikaze Drones to Fight ISIS

Earlier this year, the military put out an urgent request for inexpensive kamikaze drones that special operations troops could fire from handheld bazooka-like launchers against ...


Global Oil Markets

Oil Producers Working to Extend Supply Cuts at Upcoming Vienna Meeting

Global oil markets remain volatile ahead of OPEC’s May 25 ministerial meeting on expectations that the producer group and its non-OPEC partners will extend production ...


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