FEMALE EMPLOYMENT

Saudi Female Private Sector Employment Grew 10% in 2016, Ministry of Labor Says

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The employment of Saudi women in the private sector increased 10 percent in 2016 over the previous year, according to the Saudi Ministry of Labor and Social Development as reported in the Saudi Gazette.

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Energy Demand

Saudi domestic crude oil demand to rise with new petrochemicals units

The startup of new petrochemicals units in Saudi Arabia should push the kingdom's domestic crude oil demand to 2.9 million b/d by the end of ...

 

Saudi Oil Policy

China, India oil imports show Saudi Arabia is already carrying the burden of cut

Saudi Arabia wants to do more to boost crude oil prices by taking a razor to its exports, but the kingdom is already doing much ...

 

Qatar Dispute

Saudi Bloc Says Qatar Action on Terrorism Not Enough to End Spat

Qatar is falling short in its efforts to counter terrorism, a Saudi-led alliance that’s boycotting the Gulf nation said, an apparent setback to U.S. mediation ...

 

OPEC

Why is the OPEC deal not working? A Saudi view

So what can Saudi Arabia, the largest producer in OPEC and the group’s de facto leader, do to make this deal more successful? ...

 

Vision 2030

Saudi Arabia in Transition: From Defense to Offense, But How to Score?

The report is based on seven weeks in the Kingdom last fall and this spring, the author’s latest of scores of visits over the past ...

 

Vision 2030

Vision 2030 and Saudi Arabia’s Social Contract Austerity and Transformation

Vision 2030 implies a degree of social liberalization to enable the growth of the entertainment and tourism industries, as well as extensive reforms to the ...

 

Education Reform

Saudi education reform making real strides

Education officials maintain that the aim of these reforms is to create “global citizens” who strive to improve the general human condition. There are at ...

 

Governance

Commentary: The Saudi Royal Family’s Laundry Gets a Public Airing

Based on his track record so far, the bin Salman era will be made up of swift and controversial reform. Bin Salman is already facing ...

 

Business

Almarai and Al Baik named among Saudi Arabia’s best brands

Almarai, the Gulf’s largest dairy company, was named Saudi Arabia’s top brand in terms of quality and reputation, overtaking global brands in YouGov’s latest BrandIndex ...

 

Hajj 2017

This new online Saudi service offers haj packages on a budget

The Ministry has launched a new online service that facilitates easy booking of travel and accommodation, offers affordable rates and caters to the less fortunate. ...

 

Foreign Labor

Gulf countries no longer El Dorados for Indians

In terms of number of Indians immigrating, there was almost a 50 percent drop in Saudi Arabia from 329,882 in 2014 to 165,365 in 2016. ...

 

Algosaibi Legal Dispute

Epic Saudi Fraud Trial Coming To A Close In Cayman Court

This lead to eight years of legal and financial actions in the Middle East, London, New York and the Cayman Islands against Maan Al-Sanea, who the ...

 

Tran

Haramain high-speed train ready for launch after successful trial run

Saudi Railways Organization (SRO) on Tuesday conducted the first complete trial run of the Haramain high-speed train from Jeddah to Madinah. ...

 

U.S.-Saudi Military Cooperation

Saudi crown prince meets with US CentCom commander Joseph Votel

“During the meeting, both reviewed areas of bilateral cooperation, particularly in the military aspect, as well as the joint efforts in fighting terrorism and combating ...

 

Airport Privatization

Saudi Arabia hires Goldman Sachs for Riyadh airport stake sale

Saudi Arabia has hired Goldman Sachs to manage the sale of a stake in Riyadh airport, the first major privatisation of an airport in the ...

 

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U.S.-Iran

U.S. Navy ship fires warning shots at Iranian ship in Persian Gulf

After warnings from the U.S. ship, including radio calls, Navy officials ordered the firing of flares and blasts from the ship's whistle and warning shots ...

 

Iran

Iran economy: Banking crisis could be coming

Iran is being targeted for its activities in Syria, its ballistic missile program and other "destabilizing activities," according to the Senate's version of the legislation. ...

 

Syria

Russia Looks to U.N. to Help It Profit From Syria Conquests

The Russian government’s push to protect Syria’s ancient ruins, these diplomats note, coincides with reports of an effort by Russia to convince private security companies ...

 

Jasmin Moghbeli

NASA’s first astronaut with Middle Eastern roots

It's important "kids see that there are people of different backgrounds...and it's something they can do too," says NASA astronaut candidate, Maj Jasmin Moghbeli. ...

 

Hamas

EU top court keeps Hamas on terror blacklist

The European Union's top court has ruled that the Palestinian Islamist group Hamas should remain on the 28-member bloc's terrorism blacklist. ...

 

Jordan

In Jordan, a Killing Threatens to Upend Peace with Israel

The Jerusalem crisis is particularly sensitive to Jordanians not only because of its religious significance, but also because more than 60 percent of Jordanians have ...

 

Weapons Dealing

Monzer al-Kassar case: New details on arrest of the ‘Peacock’

For years, US authorities were desperate to get their hands on a man they called the "Peacock," a Syrian-born weapons dealer said to be behind ...

 

Syria Civil War

Aleppo’s limping recovery shows limits of battered Syrian state

In eastern Aleppo, bodies still lie under the rubble, graveyards are full, people are short of electricity and bread, and some children take classes in ...

 

Afghanistan

Taliban rout Afghan troops near Kandahar

Taliban fighters have killed at least 26 Afghan soldiers in an attack on their base near the key southern city of Kandahar, the army says. ...

 

Qatar Dispute

Perspective: Gulf Crisis Shows How Discrimination in Saudi Arabia, UAE and Qatar Tears Families Apart

My colleague and I spent the last week of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan listening to 50 Gulf citizens express their shock, anger, and ...

 

Iraq

Booby-traps plague north Iraq as Islamic State targets returning civilians

As people return home to Mosul and other areas of northern Iraq freed from Islamic State, homemade bombs and explosives laid on an industrial scale ...

 

Algeria

Algeria busts Islamic State cell led by veteran militant: security source

Algerian police have broken up an Islamic State militant cell led by a former al Qaeda commander convicted in France more than a decade ago ...

 

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