Saudi Arabia Secures Spot in 2018 World Cup in Russia

Saudi Arabia has secured a trip to compete in the next World Cup in 2018 after defeating Japan 1-0 in their last AFC Round 3 Group B match on Tuesday.

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Saudi Football

Saudi Arabia is the 1st Arab country to qualify for 2018 World Cup

Saudi Arabia just became the first Arab country to secure a spot on the FIFA World Cup 2018, after beating out Japan (1-0) in a ...



King of Saudi Arabia May Visit Moscow in October

The sources told the Izvestiya newspaper that the sides had reached fundamental agreements on the preparation of the visit and were now discussing the details. ...


Saudi Economy

Recovery of non-oil economy in UAE and Saudi Arabia gains momentum 

The pace of recovery in non-oil sectors of the UAE and Saudi Arabia, the two largest economies in the Arab world, is gaining a foothold as output ...



Exclusive: Saudi Arabia’s Ma’aden Asks Banks to Refinance Nearly $3 Billion of Debt

Saudi Arabian Mining Co (Ma’aden), the Gulf's largest mining company, has asked banks to submit proposals for a loan which would refinance some $2.88 billion ...


U.S.-Saudi Relations

Saudi King Salman to visit White House early next year: White House

U.S. President Donald Trump spoke with Saudi King Salman on Wednesday and the two leaders agreed Salman will visit the White House early next year, ...



Saudi sovereign fund, Softbank plan robotic initiative

Saudi Arabia’s main sovereign wealth investment fund and Japan’s Softbank Group plan to jointly study how robots can be used more effectively in government, business ...


Saudi Filmmaking

Saudi filmmakers build audiences without cinemas

As the traditionally austere kingdom cautiously embraces more forms of entertainment, local filmmakers are exploring a new frontier in Saudi art, using the internet to ...


NTP 2.0

Saudi Arabia redrafts crown prince’s transformation plan

The revamped NTP will focus on reforms to the government bureaucracy, such as improving the productivity of civil servants and boosting transparency. Its goals will ...


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Qatar Dispute

US supports Kuwait emir’s role in mediating Qatar crisis

The emir of Kuwait, Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah, will be the first Gulf state monarch to meet Donald Trump at the White House. Their meeting ...



The Future of Iraq: Is Reintegration Possible?

The PMF has proven to be an invaluable force in the fight against IS and played a pivotal role in preventing its further territorial gains. ...


Iran Nuclear Agreement

Like with DACA, Trump may leave Iran nuclear deal’s fate to Congress

An emerging pattern in the Trump administration is to declare opposition to an Obama executive action but then leave the actual work of dealing with ...


Iran in the Region

Analysis: A War with Hizbollah Would Essentially Mean War with Iran This Time Around

Indeed, given that Hizbollah is a regional force and Iran's leading Shiite militia, a conflict with Hizbollah could very well be a conflict with all the ...


Anti-ISIS Campaign

Syrian troops breach 3-year ISIS siege on eastern city

Backed by Russian and Iranian firepower, President Bashar Assad's forces reached besieged troops Tuesday at a garrison in Syria's eastern city of Deir el-Zour, breaking ...


Israeli Tech

From Startup Nation to Tech Nation in the Middle East

94 Israeli companies are listed on Nasdaq at present. That’s more companies listed on Nasdaq than any other country, barring the United States and China–despite ...


Qatar Rift

Gulf Crisis: Fighting it Out Down and Dirty

The Qatari-UAE competition for jaw-dropping headlines is however about far more than trophy acquisitions and performance on the soccer pitch. ...


Qatar Dispute

France appoints envoy to mediate between Qatar, Arab states

France’s foreign ministry said on Tuesday that it picked its former ambassador to Saudi Arabia as a special envoy to see how Paris could support ...



Egypt to host war games with US after 8-year hiatus

Egypt will host war games with U.S. troops this month for the first time in eight years, but the American contingent will be much smaller ...


Climate Change

The 3% of scientific papers that deny climate change are all flawed

It’s often said that of all the published scientific research on climate change, 97% of the papers conclude that global warming is real, problematic for ...


Expat Life

InterNations survey on best countries to raise a family for expats: The US is one of the worst

When it comes to raising a family abroad, the US fares so-so: 26th out of 45 countries, according to an annual survey of globe-trotting expats. ...


U.S. Foreign Policy

Why Democrats have no foreign policy ideas

Think tanks are peculiar beasts. In their ideal form, they’re supposed to be like universities without students, where scholars sit and dream up ideas. What ...


ME Airlines

Middle East airline freight volumes continue to find strong lift

Middle East carriers maintained their strong upward trend in freight volumes in July, according to the International Air Transport Association (Iata) on Wednesday. ...


Iranian Airspace

Iran closes airspace for US, Saudi aircraft

Iran has banned US aircraft – including commercial airlines – from entering its airspace, Iranian FARS news agency reports quoting Commander of Khatam ol-Anbia Air ...


Louvre Abu Dhabi

Louvre Abu Dhabi museum opening date announced

The museum has been designed by Jean Nouvel, a French architect who has been awarded the Pritzker Prize, a top recognition in the field of ...


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