HAJJ 2017

WHO Says Saudis are ‘Well-Prepared’ To Handle Cholera Risk at September’s Hajj

Temperatures soared over 100 degrees during each day of the Hajj.
The World Health Organization (WHO) said on Friday that Saudi Arabia's authorities are "well prepared" to handle annual and new challenges surrounding the Hajj pilgrimage this year, taking place in September.

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Qatar Dispute

Gulf crisis: Tillerson leaves Qatar after Saudi meetings

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson left Doha for home on Thursday after an unexpected return to Qatar, extending his tour of the crisis-embroiled Gulf ...


Vision 2030

Saudi economic reforms may be delayed amid political change

Bank of America Merrill Lynch sees next phase of reforms being delayed to enable smooth political succession ...


Qatar Dispute

Commentary: Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Qatar, and the New “Game of Thrones”

Certainly, the last thing the Arab states and the United States need is to see things get worse and Iran be given even more of ...


Expatriate Tax

The New Saudi Expat Tax – What US Expats Need To Know

Saudi Arabia has had a tax for companies who employ more expats than Saudis for several years. Starting this month however, the tax is being ...


Wage Protection

Next phase of Saudi wage protection program takes effect in August

According to the ministry’s spokesman, Khaled Aba Al-Khail, the 11th phase of the program will include more than 7,000 establishments, and a total of more ...



Saudi Shura Council officially approves 5 percent tax

Introducing VAT is part of major economic reforms currently taking place in Saudi Arabia. It comes months after the country announced it would be implementing the ...


Saudi Aramco IPO

City regulator plans rule change to allow Saudi oil giant’s $2tn float in London

The FCA’s proposals would allow state-owned companies to qualify for a premium listing – which has more onerous corporate governance rules – without having to ...


Oil Supply

Saudi Arabia’s worst-case oil scenario might surprise you

Saudi Arabia might not be as frustrated as one would expect by the oil market’s weakness in the face of a coordinated cut by major ...


Women in Sports

Rights group praises ‘overdue’ Saudi reform on girl sports

Rights campaigners on Thursday welcomed an "overdue" reform in Saudi Arabia to allow girls to take part in sports at state schools in the ultra-conservative ...


Hajj Flights

Israel Seeking Saudi Flight Deal to Bring Pilgrims to Mecca

Israel is trying to persuade Saudi Arabia to allow it to send special Hajj pilgrimage flights to Mecca, building on Trump administration efforts to strengthen ...


Public Health

WHO warns of cholera risk at annual haj, praises Saudi preparedness

A cholera epidemic in Yemen, which has infected more than 332,000 people, could spread during the annual haj pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia in September, although ...


Border Security

Saudi forces kill 20 Houthis aiming to cross the border

The Saudi forces in Jazan area carried out military operations on sites occupied by the Houthi militias and the guards of ousted Saleh in the ...


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It could take more than a decade to clear Mosul of explosives, U.S. officials say

After nine months of vicious street-to-street fighting to drive the Islamic State out of Mosul, it could take many years more to fully remove explosives ...



Turkey Chooses Russia Over NATO for Missile Defense

Turkey has agreed to pay $2.5 billion to acquire Russia’s most advanced missile defense system, a senior Turkish official said, in a deal that signals a ...


Iran and the Region

Iran’s Armed Diplomacy in the Middle East

But Soleimani was not the only one to take the opportunity to boast about Iran’s military role in the region. Even under the harshest sanctions, ...


Iran Nuclear Agreement

The Iran Nuclear Deal Two Years On: Will the Agreement Survive?

Despite all parties to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action complying with its obligations, Iran’s reintegration into the global economy is fraught with problems. A ...



Commentary: Making Peace With Assad’s State of Barbarism

But endless unanswered questions have been raised since Macron’s inauguration about what will drive his Middle East policy: values or realpolitik? The same, of course, ...



Iraq Collectively Punishing Islamic State Families: Rights Group

Human Rights Watch accused Iraqi security forces on Thursday of forcibly relocating at least 170 families of alleged Islamic State members to a closed "rehabilitation ...


Jerusalem Attack

Two Israeli police and three gunmen killed in shootout at holy site

Two Israeli police officers have been shot dead and three gunmen killed during an early-morning shootout in one of Jerusalem’s most holy and sensitive sites. ...



Egypt receives $1.25bn from IMF

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) announced this morning its approval to grant Egypt the second of $ 1.25 billion of a $12 billion loan. In November ...


HBO Series

‘Game of Thrones’ fever grips Iran

Westeros fever has gripped Tehran and other cities as Iranians eagerly count down the days to season seven of HBO’s series to begin on July 16. ...


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