Bechtel Appoints Abdulrahman Al-Ghabban as New Country Manager in Saudi Arabia

Al-Ghabban is the first Saudi national to hold the position for Bechtel.

Saudi Arabia

News, analysis, and more

Fiscal Balance Program

Saudi Arabia’s public finances seen stabilising by 2020

The launch of the Fiscal Balance 2020 Programme in the second half of 2017, the MSCI EM watch list announcement in mid-June and a possible ...


GACA Privatizations

Saudi Arabia outsources airport operations

The signing last week of public-private partnerships to manage five airports in the kingdom, including in Jeddah, could set a precedent for infrastructure across the ...



Saudi projects worth $250bn in the pipeline

Saudi Arabia has the biggest slice of unawarded projects worth $250 billion across the entire Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), according to a report released by ...


Marine Security

Saudi Arabia says it disrupts attack on offshore oil field

The Saudi navy seized a boat carrying weapons as it approached the kingdom's offshore Marjan oilfield in the Gulf on Friday evening, the official Saudi ...


Haider al-Abadi

Iraqi PM Abadi heads to Saudi Arabia at start of MidEast tour

Iraq's Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi headed on Monday to Saudi Arabia, the first leg of a Middle East tour that will also include Iran and ...



Saudi guards fire on Iranian boat, killing fisherman

Saudi border guards have opened fire on an Iranian fishing boat in the Gulf, killing a fisherman, Iran's Tasnim news agency said on Saturday, amid ...



Saudi Arabia launches adult courses to wean kingdom off expats

The kingdom for the first time is giving short technical courses - among them household electronics and computing - to men and women who say ...


Qatar Dispute

Saudi-Turkish Ties Strained Over Differing Views on Qatar

Ties between Saudi Arabia and Turkey have begun to fray due to sharply different policies toward Qatar. ...



Saudi Minister Says Prosecutor’s Move Is Part of Wider Reforms

King Salman decided on June 17 to change the name of the Bureau of Investigation and Public Prosecution to Public Prosecution. He also moved it ...


Qatar Dispute

NYT Editorial: Fighting, While Funding, Extremists

The idea of a united front among Gulf states against ISIS has all but evaporated, and hypocrisies and contradictions abound. ...


Bechtel Saudi

Bechtel appoints new country manager in Saudi Arabia

On his new role, Al Ghabban said: “I am honoured to be the first Saudi national to hold the position as country manager for one ...


Saudi Oger

Saudi to transfer employees from troubled Oger construction firm

Employees of troubled construction company Saudi Oger will be moved to other firms, the Saudi labor ministry said, amid unconfirmed reports that workers there will ...


Raif Badawi

Saudi blogger Raif Badawi marks five years in prison

The journalist Raif Badawi has been in prison for five years. His crime was writing critically about politics and society in Saudi Arabia. The fight ...


Saudi +

Regional and related topics

Iran in Syria

Iran launches missiles into Syria

The strikes are the first time Iran has fired missiles at another country in three decades and represent a major escalation of Iran's role in ...



White House Officials Push for Widening War in Syria Over Pentagon Objections

A pair of top White House officials is pushing to broaden the war in Syria, viewing it as an opportunity to confront Iran and its ...



Raqqa: US warplane shoots down Syrian bomber as fighting rages around Islamic State stronghold

A written statement from the US coalition in Iraq said a US F-18 Super Hornet shot down a Syrian government SU-22 after it dropped bombs ...



Mosul battle: Iraqi forces attack IS-held Old City

There have been intense clashes on the first day of an offensive by Iraqi forces to retake Mosul's Old City, the last district held by ...


War in Yemen

Yemen government agrees to U.N. Hodeidah plan, Houthis sceptical

Yemen's Saudi-backed government said on Saturday it agreed to a two-point plan advanced by the United Nations to ease suffering in the country's civil war, ...


Ali Abdullah Saleh

Sanaa’s Survivor: How Saleh Is Still Calling the Shots in Yemen

Yet flip-flopping between alliances of convenience is common practice for Saleh, who had, during the Cold War, successfully courted both the Americans and the Soviets ...


Arab World Challenges

Perspective: The Arab World’s Coming Challenges

What leaders – both within and outside the region – can do is pursue large-scale and intelligent investments in primary and secondary education, small and ...


Arabia Felix Expedition

Lost in Arabia

Its destination was Arabia Felix—today’s Yemen—the legendary country of spices, myrrh, and frankincense of which contemporary Europe knew almost nothing. And it was in the ...


Ibn Khaldun

Arab thinker Ibn Khaldun invented economic theory 400 years before Adam Smith did

“Not only did Ibn Khaldun plant the germinating seeds of classical economics, whether in production, supply, or cost, but he also pioneered in consumption, demand, ...


Global Oil Markets

Oil market fundamentals heading in right direction – Saudi’s Falih

OPEC's output rose by 336,000 bpd in May to 32.14 million bpd, led by a rebound in Nigeria and Libya, the 14-country organisation said last ...


Recent Editions