Saudi Arabia’s ‘Longest Railway’ to Come Online in December

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.

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Women Employment

Saudi offers women opportunity to work as air traffic controllers

Saudi Air Navigation Services Company is set to employ women as air traffic controllers for the first time after the Saudi Academy of Civil Aviation ...


Adel Al-Jubeir

Saudi FM Jubeir in New York: Solution to Qatar crisis is in Doha’s hands

Jubeir made the announcement after his meeting with the United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres. ...



Commentary: Saudi’s missteps on intellectual property will hold back its economy

Saudi Arabia could emerge as a global competitor in knowledge-based industries. It’s an achievable vision, but it requires the policy details to be right, not just ...


Back to School

Over 6m students head to schools as classes kick off in Saudi Arabia

The new academic year 2017-18 kicked off on Sunday with more than 6 million students in different levels of public education attending the first day ...


Fiscal Balance

Saudi fiscal situation improving amid spending curbs, subsidy reforms

Curbs on spending and improved oil revenues have supported Saudi Arabia’s government finances in the first half of 2017, with clear indications of government achieving ...



Russia sees Saudi Arabia as ‘gatekeeper’ to Mideast

In this context, Suslov described Saudi Arabia as a de facto gatekeeper that can unlock the Middle East for Moscow. “For Russia to play a role ...



Barzani meets with Saudi minister ahead of Kurdish referendum

Kurdish leader Massoud Barzani recieved Saudi Minister of State for Gulf Affairs Thamer al-Sabhan on Saturday as part of a Saudi offer of mediation between ...


Energy Subsidies

Saudis May Raise Domestic Gasoline Prices by 80%

Energy-subsidy reform is a key part of Saudi Arabia’s plan to overhaul the economy, along with the sale of stakes in state-owned entities, including the ...



Sadara Chemical’s all plants fully operational

SADARA Chemical Company, the largest chemical complex ever built in a single phase, announced the commercial start-up of its toluene di isocyanate (TDI) facility. The ...



Small and medium enterprises: Pulse of the Saudi economy

Ghassan Al-Sulaiman, Governor of Monsha’at previously announced that the authority would also finalize its national plan for SMEs by the end of the year. These ...


Private Sector Stimulus

Saudi minister says framework for private sector stimulus almost ready

A new legal framework for Saudi Arabia’s government to do business with the private sector will be in place by year-end while other parts of ...



Snapchat blocks Al Jazeera in Saudi Arabia

Social media platform Snapchat has blocked access to Al Jazeera content in Saudi Arabia. Snapchat said it was asked by the Saudi authorities to remove the ...


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Russia denies hitting US-backed SDF force in Deir al-Zour

Russia's defence ministry has denied allegations its planes struck US-backed fighters in Syria on Saturday. ...



Tillerson, Russia’s Lavrov discuss Syria, Ukraine, Middle East

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson discussed cooperation on the Syrian crisis, Middle East issues, and the agreement to ...



On the Edge of Afghanistan

Nimruz’s provincial capital, Zaranj, is like no other Afghan town. As Afghanistan’s smuggling capital, it houses about 160,000 permanent residents, but its contours are shaped ...



Hamas says ready to hand Gaza to a Palestinian unity government

Hamas has agreed to dissolve the administration that runs Gaza, it said on Sunday, a major step towards handing control of the enclave to a ...



Kuwait orders North Korea’s ambassador to leave within a month

Kuwait has ordered North Korea’s ambassador to leave within a month as the Gulf country downgraded diplomatic relations with Pyongyang, a North Korean diplomat in ...


Iran Nuclear Agreement

Commentary: The US must find a third way over Iran, one that is neither reticent nor reckless

The internal debate regarding the Trump administration's policy towards Iran is coming to a head. A sensible – and indeed significantly improved – American approach is now competing with ...


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