‘NTP 2.0’: FT Obtains Copy of Draft of Changes to Saudi National Transformation Plan

The London-based Financial Times has obtained an internal copy of a document that outlines Saudi Arabia's desire to amend the Kingdom's National Transformation Plan (NTP), dubbed "NTP 2.0."

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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 ...


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 ...


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 ...


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 ...


Iran in the Region

Saudi Arabia and Iran: New Leadership, New Reality?

As Crown Prince and Minister of Defence Mohammed bin Salman (MBS) recently said, “dialogue is important but only when matched by facts on the ground.” ...



Iran Wants to Talk Muslim World Problems With Saudi Arabia, but Kingdom Demands ‘Change’ First

The top Saudi diplomat dismissed the possibility of rekindling ties between the two nations, saying that Iran would first need to rework its foreign policy ...



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. ...



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 ...


Royal Saudi Naval Forces

Kratos Announces $46 Million Single Award Training Contract To Support Royal Saudi Naval Forces

Kratos Defense & Security Solutions, Inc. (Nasdaq:KTOS), a leading National Security Solutions provider, announced today that it received a Foreign Military Sales (FMS) sole-source, three-year, ...


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U.S. to send 3,500 additional troops to Afghanistan

The United States will send about 3,500 additional U.S. troops to Afghanistan, U.S. officials said on Wednesday, a figure broadly in line with expectations as ...


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 ...


ME E-commerce

Souq’s Latest Acquisition Could Give Middle East E-Commerce a Boost

Ecommerce’s lagging share of retail sales in the Middle East may soon get some help from regional online shopping leader’s purchase of, an ...



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. ...


Louvre Abu Dhabi

Louvre to Open in Abu Dhabi in November

The Mideast outpost of France's iconic Louvre Museum will open in Abu Dhabi on Nov. 11, officials announced Wednesday, ending a decade-long wait for a ...


ME Airlines

Further updraught for Middle East airline passenger demand

Passenger demand for Middle East carriers increased 4.5 per cent in July from 3.6 per cent the previous month, as carriers saw a rebound in travelers ...


Qatar Dispute

Turkish exports to Qatar up 84% since Arab rift

The value of Turkish exports to Qatar has increased by 84 per cent during the last three months compared to the same period last year, ...


Russia in the Region

Almost Half of Russians Think Syrian Campaign Should End — Poll

Almost half of Russians say the Kremlin should withdraw from its military campaign in Syria, according to the results of a Levada Center poll published Tuesday. ...


HRW Report

Torture and National Security in al-Sisi’s Egypt

This report, based on interviews with 19 former detainees and the family of a 20th detainee who were tortured between 2014 and 2016, shows how police ...



‘Israeli jets hit Syria’s Masyaf chemical site’ – reports

The Syrian army says Israeli jets have attacked a site in the west of the country where Western powers suspect chemical weapons are being produced. ...



Production resumes in Libya’s largest oilfield

An official source in Sharara, Libya’s largest oilfield, said that production resumed on Wednesday after armed men closed valves in the pipeline connecting it with ...


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