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Saudi Aramco IPO

Saudi Aramco’s value at risk from climate change policies

The valuation of Saudi Aramco, which is planning its initial public offering for next year, could be greatly cut by policies to address the threat ...



The death of Abdulhussein Abdulredha and Saudi Arabia’s rebuke of toxic hate tweets

What is significant in this case is the fact that the demands to punish these people came from the bottom up. It was the Saudi ...



Saudi Arabia Takes Steps to Crack Down on Religious Hate Speech

Saudi Arabia summoned a group of Twitter users this week in an effort to crack down on hate speech, the government’s Center for International Communication ...



Saudi Arabia Businesses Rush to Meet VAT Registration Deadline

With fewer than five months to implementation, and the draft regulations undergoing public consultation until Aug. 19, practitioners expressed concern that even in Saudi Arabia, ...


Women's Rights

Saudi Arabia approves four decisions in 10 days to ‘boost women’s rights’

The decisions pertain to protecting minors, divorcees, women who have custody of their children and law graduates who have not practiced the profession yet due ...


Yemen Civil War

Leaked Emails: Saudi Power Behind the Throne “Wants Out of Yemen”

“I don’t think we’ll ever see a more pragmatic leader in that country. Which is why engaging with them is so important and will yield ...



Saudi Arabia and Iraq to re-open border crossing after 27 years

Saudi Arabia and Iraq plan to open the Arar border crossing for trade for the first time since 1990, when it was closed after the ...


Saudi Typhoon

How a Saudi Typhoon fighter jet refuels in midair: Video

Typhoon fighter jets flew from King Fahad Air Base in Taif, Saudi Arabia, to reach Nellis Air Force Base in Nevada, the United States, in ...


Royal Family

New details of dissident princes’ abductions emerge in documentary

Documentary broadcasting this week asserts three princes were victims of government scheme to kidnap defectors ...


Jabal Omar

Saudi Arabian developer Jabal Omar to raise 4 billion riyals via sukuk –sources

Saudi Arabia’s Jabal Omar Development Co, one of the largest listed property developers in the country, plans to raise 4 billion riyals ($1.1 billion) with ...


Abraj Kudai

Saudi Arabia to resume building mammoth Mecca hotel

Saudi Arabia is set to restart work on one of the world’s largest hotel projects, the US$3.5 billion Abraj Kudai in Mecca, where a financial ...


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Iran Nuclear Agreement

Iran could quit nuclear deal in ‘hours’ if new U.S. sanctions imposed: Rouhani

Iran could abandon its nuclear agreement with world powers "within hours" if the United States imposes any more new sanctions, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said ...


Bashar Al-Assad

Syria investigator del Ponte says enough evidence to convict Assad of war crimes

Del Ponte, 70, who prosecuted war crimes in Rwanda and former Yugoslavia, announced last week that she was stepping down from her role in frustration ...



Iraqi Shi’ite Militias Pledge to Take Part in Next IS Fight

Iraq's Shi'ite militias announced on Monday they will participate in the next major battle against the Islamic State group after the Iraqi forces' victory in ...


Gulf Infrastructure

Beyond Building: Private Financing, Ownership, and Management of Gulf Infrastructure

In response to fiscal pressures and concerns about the efficiency of project and service implementation, Gulf Arab states are increasingly looking to the private sector ...


ME Power

Demand for power set to grow in the Middle East

Ackland added: “The region’s largest country, Saudi Arabia, needs to invest at least $140bn by 2020 to generate capacity from 51.5GW to 71GW. The demand in ...


Nuclear Power

Nuclear Power’s Woes Imperil U.S. National Security, Moniz Says

The decline of the U.S. nuclear-power industry puts America’s security at risk, according to a report being released Tuesday by former Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz ...



With Obama Gone, Trump Pentagon Resumes Major Egyptian War Game

The restart next month of the biennial Bright Star exercise, a bilateral effort now focused on counterterrorism operations, comes as Egypt struggles to contain a ...



Yemen cholera epidemic: Cases exceed 500,000 in four months

The number of suspected cases of cholera resulting from an epidemic in war-torn Yemen has reached 500,000, the World Health Organization (WHO) says. ...



How Will Oman’s Next Sultan Steer Muscat’s Foreign Policy?

Most of Muscat’s foreign policy trajectory relies on the 46-year leadership of Oman’s monarch, Qaboos bin Said Al Said. However, with ailing health at 76 ...


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