With Historic Decree on Saudi Women Driving, An Economic and Social Game-Changer

King Salman will visit Russia on Thursday for a state visit.
Saudi women and champions of equal rights around the world embraced a decision by Saudi Arabia's King Salman to allow women to drive for the first time, a landmark royal decree that will change the Kingdom's economy and society in countless ways.

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Driving Ban

King Salman Announces Women Can Drive for First Time

Saudi King Salman on Tuesday ordered that women be allowed to drive cars, state media said, ending the conservative Islamic kingdom's status as the only ...


Women's Rights

The lifting of the ban on women driving caps a pretty good month for Saudi feminists

The historic decision caps a good month for Saudi feminists, who sometimes face criticism for excessive moderation in opposing aspects of the particularly austere version ...


Driving Ban

The Economics Behind Saudi Arabia’s Decision To Permit Women Drivers

In addition to the civil rights aspect of this decree, the change will have a significant positive impact on the Saudi economy during a period ...


Driving Ban

Saudi Women Getting Keys to Car May Boost Toyota, Hurt Uber

Saudi Arabia’s move to open up its auto market to about half of its 32 million total population will have a profound impact on vehicle ...


Women Driving

Not Everyone’s Happy About the Saudi Decision to Let Women Drive

Saudi women aren’t ready to drive because they’re culturally cloistered, said one of the men, a 28-year-old from Riyadh. ...


Driving Ban

In numbers: How much Saudi families will save after historic decree

Of all male domestic workers in the Kingdom drivers make up 90 percent the statistics show. The average monthly wage of a domestic driver in Saudi ...



Saudi Arabia introduces measures to bolster mortgage financing

Faced with a housing shortage, Saudi Arabia is undertaking a slew of measures to help provide homes to its citizens as part of its National ...


Saudi Aramco

Saudi Aramco to venture into non-Saudi crude oil trading: sources

Saudi Aramco’s trading arm will start trading non-Saudi crude oil to mainly feed its international joint ventures as the world’s largest oil exporter seeks to ...


Global Oil Markets

What will happen with Russia and Saudi Arabia when oil output curbs end?

Ed Morse, global head commodities research, Citi, says that Saudi Arabia and Russia need to orchestrate production increases even after the output curbs end. ...


Saudi Design Week

Saudi Design Week 2017 will explore the theme of ‘design in motion’

Saudi Design Week returns to Saudi Arabia's capital Riyadh for its fourth edition next month. The programme will run from 5 to 8 October at the new ...


Capital Markets

Deutsche Bank hosts Saudi Capital Markets Conference in London

Deutsche Bank announced Tuesday the opening of The Saudi Capital Markets Conference in London, United Kingdom. Organized by Deutsche Securities Saudi Arabia (DSSA) in coordination ...


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Kurdish Referendum

Iraq PM gives Kurdistan 72 hours to give up airports

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi on Tuesday gave authorities in Kurdistan 72 hours to give the central government control of airports, a day after the ...



The Rohingya Are the New Palestinians

While the Israeli occupation continues to stir up feelings of anger and powerlessness, another ethnic group — the Rohingya — is now emerging as the ...



Inside Dubai’s Bid To Become The Middle East’s Tech Hub

The city-state’s rulers see a startup economy as one of the keys to ensuring it will be a global player long after the region’s oil ...


Qatar Dispute

Qatar reiterates support for Kuwait mediation in Gulf crisis

Qatari Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed Bin Abdulrahman Al Thani has reiterated his country’s support for Kuwaiti efforts to resolve the dispute between Doha and a ...


Anti-ISIS Campaign

Dunford: Six Months From Now, ISIS Will Have ‘Less Credibility’

America’s top military officer is “cautious” about giving timelines for the war against the Islamic State — but half a year from now, he predicts, ...



The city fit for no-one

Quentin Sommerville is on the streets of Raqqa with Syrian Democratic Forces. He finds a city devastated by IS rule and Western-led bombardments. Civilians are trapped - ...


Chinese Peacekeepers

China in Africa: China’s vision of itself as the world’s peacekeeper starts in Africa

Over the last 15 years, China has ramped up its role in peacekeeping missions. Of the five permanent members of the UN Security Council, it ...


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Paris show celebrates 2,000 years of Christianity in the Middle East

The exhibition is presented in a walk-through fashion and aims to shed light on the role Christianity has played throughout pivotal periods in history. These ...


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