Saudi Ministry of Justice Approves New Protections for Women in Saudi Arabia

The Saudi Ministry of Justice issued four important decisions and proposals to limit the abuse of women, including raising the age that a woman is allowed to marry to 17 years old.

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Religious Police

Commentary: Saudi Arabia is moving to rein in its religious police. Sort of.

A year ago, Saudi authorities clipped the Hay’a’s wings quite short — it can nag but no longer police. Saudis report that the all-visible institution ...


Religious Freedom

US cites China, Turkey, Saudi Arabia for religious repression

The State Department's annual report on international religious freedom was highly critical of a number of countries, including China and Saudi Arabia, a key US ...


Women's Rights

New protections for Saudi women

According to the Saudi Newspaper Okaz, during the last ten days the Saudi Ministry of Justice issued four important decisions and proposals to limit the ...


Domestic Bonds

Saudi may tap domestic Islamic bond market again this month

Saudi Arabia’s ministry of finance said on Wednesday it may sell a second batch of Sharia-compliant bonds later this month as the Arab world's largest economy ...



Iraqi Shiite cleric’s Saudi, UAE trips show Gulf realpolitik

An influential Iraqi Shiite cleric, notorious for his followers' deadly attacks on U.S. troops in Iraq over a decade ago and thought at times to ...


Arbitration Law

Saudi Arabia’s New Implementing Regulations of Arbitration Law

The new Implementing Regulations serve as a further step towards achieving Saudi Arabia’s goal of enhancing its business environment to make it more attractive to ...


Engineering Firms

Saudi Council of Ministers Approves 100% Foreign Ownership of Engineering Consultancies

However, on August 7, 2017, the Saudi Arabian Council of Ministers resolved that Saudi Arabia's foreign investment regulator, the Saudi Arabian General Investment Authority ("SAGIA"), ...



Saudi Crown Prince meets members of Yemeni House of Representatives

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, met with members of the Yemeni parliament at Al-Salam Palace in Jeddah. ...



Awamiya: Inside Saudi Shia town devastated by demolitions and fighting

The BBC's Sally Nabil has been given rare access to Awamiya in Saudi Arabia, a town in the east of the Sunni Muslim-ruled kingdom that ...



Fewer Pakistanis finding work in Saudi Arabia

In particular, the manpower export to Saudi Arabia in the first six months of 2017 was just 17 per cent of the total workers who ...


Jeddah Fire

Huge blaze engulfs three historic buildings in Saudi city of Jeddah

A fire has engulfed at least three historic buildings at the heart of the Saudi city of Jeddah on Tuesday. Occupants of the buildings were evacuated ...


Natural Gas

Saudi Aramco gets bids to expand Hawiyah gas plant

Saudi Aramco has received bids from international engineering firms to expand the Hawiyah gas plant, industry sources said on Wednesday as the state oil giant ...



Saudi Arabia to launch joint trade council with Iraq

Saudi Arabia and Iraq are to launch a joint trade commission, the Saudi cabinet announced on Monday, in a sign of a thaw in tensions between the two countries. ...


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Natural Gas

Analysis: Natural Gas Heads for Middle East Doldrums

The story of how we got here can be simply told. The region’s economic boom from the early 2000s on, fueled by high oil prices, ...


Middle East Peace

Perspective: Is Trump’s Middle East Peace Effort Dead in the Water?

What gives rise to this conclusion is a sober-eyed assessment of the political circumstances of the three critical players: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Palestinian ...


Regional Tensions

Commentary: Reducing Middle East tensions? Saudi-UAE moves hint at willingness to engage with Iran

The exchanges gave credence to suggestions that Saudi Arabia and the UAE may be seeking a reduction of tension with Iran. Yet, they occurred before ...


Drone Strikes

The U.S. is now routinely launching ‘danger-close’ drone strikes so risky they require Syrian militia approval

U.S. drone pilots now routinely launch missiles at what the Pentagon calls “danger-close” distances to proxy ground forces fighting Islamic State in densely populated cities. Hundreds ...



Uber mulls 3 offers as valuation forecast to hit $100bn

Three investor groups are lining up to win a stake in the fast-growing ride-sharing company Uber, after latest estimates that the company’s valuation could exceed ...


Israeli Tech Specialists

US Tech Firms Race to Hire Israeli Army Engineers

United Airlines started a three-flights-per-week service from San Francisco to Tel Aviv last year. It was so popular that the carrier now runs the route ...


Rafah Crossing

Egypt opens Rafah border crossing – in pictures

Palestinians wait for travel permits to cross into Egypt through the Rafah border crossing on August 16, 2017. ...



Assad turns sights on ISIS in effort to tighten grip on power

"Getting rid of ISIS is only a question of time. Because the Syrian army has decided to defeat them totally in this area," said al ...


Oil Spill

Kuwait Cleans Up Oil Spill in Persian Gulf

The government of Kuwait said Monday that it has contained a large oil spill near Al-Zour, and it expects to finish the cleanup of adjacent shorelines within ...


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