Conflicting Reports on Delay of Saudi Aramco IPO ‘By a Few Months’ as Key Decisions Remain

Bloomberg reported Wednesday that Saudi Aramco is "preparing contingency plans for a possible delay" to the initial public offering of its state-owned oil company "by a few months into 2019," citing people familiar with the matter. But officials today denied that speculation, according to Reuters.

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Saudi Oger

Saudi Arabia’s Economic Overhaul Claims a Victim

The crown prince is shaking up business to wean the kingdom off oil. The first casualty is Saudi Oger, one of the country’s biggest builders. ...


Vision 2030

‘The family silver is up for sale’: How the Saudi Aramco share offering marks the start of big changes for the Kingdom

Saudi Aramco has been "disproportionately reported on," says CEO of investment advisory firm OCO Global Mark O'Connell, given the other changes occurring across the Gulf ...


Saudi Aramco IPO

Riyadh May be Preparing To Delay Saudi Aramco IPO

It is another sign of the difficulties that governments in the Gulf region are having when it comes to privatising what are often their most ...



Saudi Crackdown on Dissent Wins Backing From Religious Body

In a statement posted on Twitter on Wednesday, the Council of Senior Scholars declared there was “no place for political or ideological parties” in a nation ...


Mobile Phone Apps

Ban on mobile apps to be lifted from Wednesday

Abdullah Al Sawaha, minister of communications and information technology, announced on Wednesday the lifting of a ban on mobile phone applications effective from coming Wednesday. ...



Saudi Arabia hosts screening of animated movie ‘Bilal’

The film offers lessons on humanity, timeless faith, hope and self-discovery in a story inspired by the life of the great Bilal Ibn Rabah, a ...



Saudi​ ​Arabia​ ​introduces​ ​several​ ​new measures​ ​in​ ​light​ ​of​ ​recent​ ​Nitaqat​ ​updates

The Saudi government continues to introduce new measures for the employment of foreign national employees, especially those being considered for more technical roles. The more ...


Yemen Civil War

Saudi pilot dies during operation against al-Qaida in Yemen

The Saudi-led coalition at war in Yemen says a Saudi pilot has died due to a technical failure in the region of Abyan during an ...



Longest Saudi Arabian railway line to be operational end of 2017

Saudi Arabia will kick-start operations on the country’s longest railway, running 2,750-km between capital Riyadh and the northern city of Gurayat, on December 24 2017. ...


Aramco Memories

Bedouin Connection Chapter I – My First Days in Saudi Arabia

Mark Lowey graduated from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo in 1977 with a Bachelor of Science in Construction Engineering. In 1978 he began working for ...


'Above the Oilfields'

The American Suburb in the Middle of the Saudi Desert

We spoke to photographer Ayesha Malik about her new project, which focuses on her hometown: a settlement built to house the employees of the world’s ...



Saudi-Iranian rapprochement remains mirage

Iraq, Yemen, Syria, Lebanon and Bahrain remain the main points of entanglement between Iran and Saudi Arabia. ...


Public Relations

Saudi Arabia is launching PR hubs around the world to improve its image

The global PR push could see offices set up in London, Berlin, Paris, and Moscow as early as this month, according to documents seen and reported ...


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Iran Nuclear Agreement

The U.S. Is Testing Support for Extending Iran Nuclear Limits

U.S. diplomats have approached European officials to see if they would join in demanding an extension to limits on Iran’s uranium enrichment that are set ...


Anti-ISIS Campaign

‘I Want to Finish This’: US Special Ops Leaders Urge Washington to Stick by the Syrian Kurds

The view from this dusty base in northern Syria is that the mission – and the Washington policy decision to fight ISIS “by, with, and ...



In push for post-ISIS reconciliation, Iraqi leaders still a sticking point

As Iraqi security forces push ISIS out of each village or city, peacemakers establish mechanisms of reconciliation. But they say too few lessons have been ...



Air Force’s Monthly Bombing Campaign in Afghanistan Hits 5-Year High

The U.S. Air Force in August released more than 500 weapons in Afghanistan against terrorist organizations such as the Taliban, al-Qaida and the Islamic State, ...



Perspective: Out of the Shadows: the Pakistan Problem

The strategic nightmare for Pakistan’s generals is being squeezed between India on its eastern border, with U.S.-backed Indian support for Afghanistan to the west. Pakistan ...



Al-Qaeda ousted from Yemen president’s home district

Yemeni forces backed by the United Arab Emirates have driven al-Qaeda militants from a southern district that is the birthplace of President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi, ...



China backs U.N. call for justice in Yemen, U.S. an Saudis don’t

China signaled on Wednesday it was willing to back an international inquiry into atrocities in Yemen, as demanded by the U.N. High Commissioner for Human ...


ME Destinations

The Most Romantic, Rugged, and Remote Escapes in the Middle East

The Middle East is home to some of the most spectacular landscapes in the world, from jaw-dropping canyons flushed with rose bushes in Oman, to ...


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