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Qatif Unrest

At least five dead during Saudi security operation in Qatif: activists

At least five people have been killed in eastern Saudi Arabia in two days, activists and a family member said on Thursday, as security forces ...

 

Women's Health

Saudi Arabia will finally allow girls to take PE — that’s a big deal

Saudi Arabia will allow girls to participate in physical education classes for the first time ever, a change experts say illustrates how the government is ...

 

Makkah Real Estate

Makkah real estate market gets a boost in H1 2017

The overall sentiment in the Makkah real estate market was boosted during the first half (H1) of 2017 as the government lifted the quota on ...

 

War in Yemen

Saudi Coalition Blocks Four Oil Tankers From Entering Houthi Port

The Hudaidah port is currently controlled by the Houthi rebels, a Shiite militant group that is backed by Iran. The Saudi coalition is trying to ...

 

Saudi Aramco IPO

Saudi Aramco’s IPO choice: London, New York — or both?

A quadruple listing would be unprecedented — but then everything about the Aramco IPO, the biggest in history, is without precedent. ...

 

Marriage Regulations

KSA’s Shoura Council recommends banning marriages for girls under 15

The recommendation, drafted by Moodhy Al-Khalaf, Latifa Al-Shaalan, Noura Al-Musaed, Issa Al-Ghaith and Fawzya Aba Al-Khail, stressed the need to have strict conditions that would ...

 

Saudi-Tunisia

Tunisian-Saudi Joint Commission Paves Way for Stronger Economic Cooperation

Tunisia and Saudi Arabia have agreed to create a company to implement projects in health and services. ...

 

Alcohol in Saudi

We talked to people who drink illegally in Saudi Arabia and Kuwait

We talked to several individuals who live or have previously lived in Saudi Arabia and Kuwait to understand a bit more about how people obtain ...

 

War in Yemen

Saudi military just stopped a missile from hitting Mecca

Yemen's Houthi militias, who the kingdom is fighting along with a coalition of other nations, lobbed the missile toward Mecca, according to Saudi media. The ...

 

Sukuk Loans

Saudi Islamic banks to reap benefits from sukuk programme

The kingdom’s ministry of finance announced on Monday it had sold 17 billion Saudi riyals of sukuk under its newly-launched programme, which is aimed at ...

 

Vision 2030

Saudi youth anxious to see progress on prince’s reform plan

As Saudis feel the pain of austerity measures and a slowing economy, some of the early enthusiasm for Prince Mohammed’s “Vision 2030” is starting to ...

 

"Saifi"

Saudi Arabia implements the “Saifi” student training program

As part of the country’s ongoing drive towards improving the representation of Saudi nationals in the private sector, all private entities operating in the country ...

 

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Global Middle Class

A golden age for business? Every second five people are entering the global middle class

Today, around 3.3 billion people belong to the global middle class. This is now the world’s largest group, which continues to rise rapidly. In fact, ...

 

Pakistan

Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif resigns over Panama Papers verdict

Mr Sharif, who was serving as prime minister for a record third time, was less than a year away from becoming the first in Pakistani ...

 

Social Media in the Gulf

Look to Social Media for the Gulf’s Burgeoning Debates

In fact, it is hard to overstate the importance of social media in the Gulf. At a recent Chatham House workshop, cohosted by Kuwait’s Alsalam Centre, ...

 

Global Oil Markets

Kuwait Joins Saudis, U.A.E. in Promising More OPEC Oil Cuts

Kuwait joined the United Arab Emirates in promising to pump less oil after Saudi Arabia called on fellow OPEC producers to cut more supply to ...

 

IPOs in the ME

Pipeline of IPOs From U.A.E. in Full Flow Ahead of Aramco Sale

A slew of companies from the United Arab Emirates, both sovereign-owned and privately held, is lining up initial public offerings in a bid to capitalize ...

 

Iran Nuclear Agreement

AP sources: US seeks to test Iran deal with more inspections

The inspections are one element of what is designed to be a more aggressive approach to preventing Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon. While the ...

 

Arab Businesswomen

The Top 100 Most Powerful Arab Businesswomen 2017

The U.A.E. has the highest number of women on the 2017 list with 18, followed closely by Egypt with 16. Saudi Arabia’s Lubna Olayan, who ...

 

Top 10 Arab Women Social Media

The Top 10 Arab Women Social Media Influencers

All the women on our list are of Arab origin and based in the Middle East. We calculated the number of subscribers on YouTube, and ...

 

Arab Women In Government

Top 10 Most Powerful Arab Women In Government 2017

This year we also once again have a list of the 10 most powerful women in government, highlighting ministers across the region. Sahar Nasr, who ...

 

Muslimah Sex Manual

A halal guide to mind-blowing sex is teaching Muslim women how to set the bed on fire

The few criticisms aside, the reaction to the book has been overwhelmingly positive. In an interview to The Guardian, Shaista Gohir, chairperson of the helpline ...

 

Syria

Syrian fighters in Raqqa uncover ISIS drone factory

Syrian fighters with the Syriac Military Council, a Christian militia closely allied with Syrian Kurd fighters, have uncovered what appears to be an ISIS drone factory ...

 

Anti-ISIS Campaign

US tells local Syrian allies they must only fight ISIS, prompting exit of allied group

The US-led coalition fighting ISIS has told its local Syrian allies that they must be exclusively focused on fighting ISIS and not fight the Syrian ...

 

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