HAJJ 2017

With Hajj Beginning on Wednesday, Saudi Arabia Welcomes Millions from 178 Countries

Saudi Arabia is making final preparations and welcoming millions of pilgrims into its borders for the annual Hajj pilgrimage, which begins Wednesday and lasts until September 4.

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Hajj: 2017

With increased number of pilgrims, Saudi authorities strive to ensure incident-free haj

Following a decision by Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Saudi Arabia will be accommodating an ex­pected 2.6 million pilgrims this year, compared to ...


Hajj: 2017

Saudi factory stitches gold-laced cover for Islam’s holiest site

The kiswa was manufactured in Egypt until 1962. There have been red, green or white coverings in centuries past, but now it is always black ...


War in Yemen

Saudi coalition: ‘Technical mistake’ in deadly Yemen strike

Coalition spokesman Col. Turki al-Maliki said in a statement that Friday’s bombing in the capital, Sanaa, was “accidental” and “unintentional.” He expressed “sincere sympathy” in his ...


U.S.-Saudi Relations

Saudi Ambassador to US Stresses Strong Defense Ties between Riyadh, Washington

Saudi Ambassador to the United States Prince Khalid bin Salman observed on Saturday joint exercises between the Royal Saudi Air Force and US Air Force ...



Saudi banking outlook to improve in second half of 2017

Confidence in the outlook for Saudi Arabia’s banking sector is gaining momentum as most leading banks have shown resilience in balance sheet growth and profitability ...



All you need to know about taxes in Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia’s move to impose various type of taxes on commodities, goods and services as well as residency and visit visa fees and charges on ...



Closer Ties: China And Saudi Arabia Sign $70 Billion in New Deals

Chinese Vice Premier Zhang Gaoli made a three-day visit to Saudi Arabia from August 23 to August 25. During his visit, China and Saudi signed ...


Saudi Oil Policy

Analysis: Saudi-US relations reset along familiar lines: Fuel for Thought

Falih has been as good as his word. Saudi imports have averaged 842,000 b/d since the week ended June 16, compared with 1.185 million b/d ...



Ahead of U.N.’s Child Rights Blacklist, Saudis Stress Their Aid to Yemen

Saudi Arabian diplomats have devoted enormous time and effort in recent days to emphasizing how much aid their kingdom has given to the war-ravaged civilians ...



Expats’ remittances decline 8% in seven months

Foreign remittances of expatriate workers in the Kingdom declined eight percent or SR7.45 billion during the last seven months to reach SR82.3 billion by the ...


Saudi Students

Saudi student’s disappearance in US remains a mystery

One week on, the disappearance of Saudi scholarship student Majid Nahis Al-Otaibi while traveling from the US to Abu Dhabi remains a mystery. ...


International Communication Center

Saudi launches International Communication Centre to improve image

The centre, which was announced by the Ministry of Culture and Information, will periodically broadcast information and facts about events, humanitarian actions and services in ...



Top most CSR Developments in Saudi Arabia – Survey

The top 3 areas critical for sustainable development in Saudi Arabia are education, employment and youth. ...


Egypt Investment

Saudi’s Sharbatly, El Shobokshi to invest USD 2.15 bn in Egypt

The pair, whose investments in Egypt together are presently worth a combined USD 3 bn, plan to allocate USD 1 bn to expanding their Golden ...


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U.S. State Department

Top State Department Officials Step Down in “Black Friday” Exodus

The top State Department envoy responsible for overseeing U.S. policy at the United Nations and other international organizations stepped down from her post Friday, continuing ...


U.S. Military

Jim Mattis tells US troops America has ‘problems’, urges them to ‘hold the line’

In a video posted on Facebook, Mattis says America needs to ‘get the power of inspiration back’ – a comment perceived to be a veiled ...



Should the Gulf Countries Decrease Low-Skilled Immigration?

As the Arabian Gulf countries look to generate private sector job opportunities for nationals, a common complaint among jobseekers is that the wages in many ...



Companies must prepare for massive changes due to VAT, says expert

VAT is currently present in 150 countries and contributes to 20 per cent of worldwide tax revenues. Earlier this year, the GCC members ratified the ...



Hezbollah: Iran’s Middle East Agent, Emissary and Hammer




European carmakers on the road back to Iran after nuclear deal

The auto industry is one of the few sectors outside oil in which multinationals are backing their talk of interest in the Islamic republic with ...



Rules for reconstruction in Syria

The prospect of lucrative reconstruction deals has triggered a deluge of interest from governments and firms looking to profit from Syria’s devastation. The regime’s closest ...


Anti-ISIS Campaign

Ceasefire halts Syria-Lebanon border fight against Islamic State

A ceasefire took effect on Sunday in an Islamic State pocket straddling the Syria-Lebanon border, where the jihadists have been fighting the Lebanese army on ...



Expedia CEO Dara Khosrowshahi named next head of Uber

Expedia CEO Dara Khosrowshahi has been named Uber's top executive, taking on the difficult job of mending the dysfunctional ride-hailing giant and turning it from ...


Houston Flooding

Houston struggles with massive flooding and more rain in the forecast

Houston's two main airports have suspended all commercial flights and two hospitals were forced to evacuate patients as widespread flooding unleashed by deadly storm Harvey ...


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