Iraq’s Moqtada al-Sadr Visits Jeddah, Meets with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman

Iraq's influential Shi'ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr made a rare visit to Saudi Arabia on Sunday, where he met the Saudi crown prince and other officials, according to the SPA and Reuters.

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Saudi Arabia says that calls for internationalization of holy sites ‘a declaration of war’

"Qatar's demands to internationalize the holy sites is aggressive and a declaration of war against the kingdom," Adel al-Jubeir was quoted saying on Al Arabiya's ...


Saudi Aramco

Saudis to Weigh Oil-Price Linked Tax for Aramco Before IPO

Riyadh is mulling a proposal from Saudi Aramco to replace the current fixed royalty on revenues, the same people said, asking not to be named ...


Women in Saudi Arabia

Lina Al Maeena is Fighting to Empower Saudi Women Through Sports

On July 11 — a decade and a half into Lina Al Maeena’s fight for women’s sports in Saudi Arabia — the Education Ministry announced ...


Hajj: 2017

Iranian pilgrims return to haj in Saudi Arabia after boycott last year

Nearly 90,000 Iranians are expected to attend the haj in Mecca this year, and were due to start arriving on Sunday, after Tehran boycotted the ...


Saudi Foreign Assets

Saudi foreign assets rise for first time since May last year

Net foreign assets at the Saudi Arabian Monetary Agency increased to $493.2 billion in June from $491.7 billion in the previous month, according to a ...


Eastern Province Unrest

Saudi officer killed during attack on patrol unit in Qatif

A Saudi interior ministry spokesperson confirmed to Saudi Press Agency (SPA) that a security unit of officers came under “terrorist attack” while they were patrolling ...


Moqtada al-Sadr

Iraqi Shi’ite Cleric Sadr Visits Saudi Arabia For Talks

Sadr's office said in a statement that the cleric had been invited to Saudi Arabia. The visit was his first to the country in 11 ...


Anti-Guardianship Campaign

Maryam al-Otaibi: Saudi anti-guardianship campaigner freed from detention

A Saudi woman activist campaigning against the restrictions of male guardianship has been freed after over 100 days in detention, reports say. In what is being ...



How did Israel and Saudi Arabia survive one of the driest periods in the last 1000 years?

While withdrawal from non-renewable aquifers also bumps up these rates, desalination is one of the most significant contributors to domestic water resources in both Israel ...


Airport Privatization

All Saudi Airports to be Privatized by Year-End

Speaking to Al-Eqtisadiah daily, Abdul Hakeem Al-Tamimi, President of the General Authority Civil Aviation (GACA) said GACA’s privatization strategy aims to transform all airports and ...



Iran upholds sentences of up to six months for Saudi embassy attackers

Iran’s official IRNA news agency has reported that an appeals court has approved the jail sentences for 10 people charged with attacking Saudi diplomatic missions. ...



Saudi Arabia’s SABIC profit falls 25%

Saudi Basic Industries Corp. (2010.SA), one of the world's largest petrochemical companies, on Sunday posted a 25% decline in quarterly profit due to higher selling ...


Saudi Colors

SCTH to organize the largest Saudi tourism films competition

SCTH has announced doubling the value of the Tourism Film Competition Awards for this year in 2017 to reach SR 550,000. The award has thus become ...


Qatif Unrest

Canada probes possible Saudi use of its equipment in crackdown

Canada warned Saturday it was reviewing reports that Saudi Arabia is using Canadian armored vehicles in a crackdown in the Sunni-ruled kingdom's Shiite-majority east. ...


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Commentary: Why the Middle East Hated Obama But Loves Trump

The tone was measured, but taken together his comments amount to a striking and stark indictment of Obama and much recent U.S. policy in the ...


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Quartet says Qatar talks possible but no concessions

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Stranded Yemenis, thousands of others stand to lose ‘golden ticket’ to U.S.

Yemen is urging the U.S. government to take in dozens of Yemenis who traveled to Malaysia in recent months expecting to immigrate to the United ...



Saudi to provide $33 mln in aid to fight cholera in Yemen

It is part of the 66.7-million-dollar financial commitment promised by Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz al-Saud to support the efforts to combat ...



Meet the young Arab perfumers creating their own unique, Middle East-inspired scents

Al Houli is part of a new generation of perfumers in the Middle East, a region where big-name, international brands have traditionally reigned supreme when ...


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Snapp: how Tehran’s answer to Uber is changing how people travel, and live

Users can enjoy a low-cost ride without having to share their taxi but the app is also challenging Iranian notions of customer service and even ...


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