SOCIAL REFORM

Goldman Sachs Head Lloyd Blankfein Visits Saudi Arabia, Calls Changes in Kingdom ‘Striking’

This morning, King Salman issued a royal decree ordering that women be able to drive next year.
"Just back from Saudi Arabia. Social and economic change is striking. Long way to go but new generation is 'driving' reform," Blankfein said.

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Bond Issues

Saudi Arabia Keeps Emerging Bond Crown in Year Full of Surprises

It’s been a hectic 12 months for Saudi Arabia. It appointed a 32-year-old as heir to the throne, lifted a ban on women driving and ...

 

Mohammed El-Kuwaiz

Saudi market can become one of world’s biggest, CMA chairman says: Video

Saudi Arabia, once open to mainly local investors, is now opening up to foreign traders, Mohammed El-Kuwaiz, chairman of the Capital Market Authority of Saudi ...

 

Driving Ban Lifted

Saudi women driving: The effect on the country’s economy could be big

For decades, the restrictions on women driving in Saudi Arabia produced an awkward sub-economy dedicated to men driving women around. Richer Saudi families generally hired ...

 

Driving Ban Lifted

Commentary: Women to Drive after Community Persuaded

I don’t agree with those who describe this decision as political in the first place. Any political decision on a community-linked cause first needs a ...

 

Driving Ban Lifted

Commentary: The King Hands Over the Car Keys

Saudi women celebrating the decision aren’t just thrilled about the possibility of sitting behind the wheel but of what this signals about how the political ...

 

Driving Ban Lifted

Saudi women to be allowed to drive from age 18, same as men

Saudi women will be allowed to drive from the age of 18, a government spokesman said on Thursday, partially allaying speculation they could still face ...

 

Driving Ban Lifted

Ford’s New Ad Shows Solidarity With Saudi Women

In a tweet Wednesday, Ford shared an ad featuring a Saudi woman looking in a rearview mirror. The black material behind the mirror resembles that ...

 

Sarahah

How a Saudi Workplace Messaging App Went Viral With U.S. Teens

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KACare

Saudi KACARE eyes energy project with international partners

The President of King Abdullah City for Atomic and Renewable Energy (KACARE) Dr. Hashim Bin Abdullah Yamani has held here separate high-level meetings with representatives ...

 

Mohammed El-Kuwaiz

CMA ‘ready to accommodate’ Saudi Aramco IPO, chairman says: Video

There are little to no gaps in Saudi Arabia's securities regulation that would complicate a Saudi Aramco IPO, Mohammed El-Kuwaiz, chairman of the Capital Market ...

 

Mubadala Investment Company

Mubadala explores investment options in Saudi Arabia

“Absolutely. We are looking very closely at Saudi Arabia,” Khaldoon Al Mubarak told the National in an exclusive interview in Abu Dhabi. “Saudi is obviously ...

 

Gas Processing

Saudi Aramco to complete gas processing facilities

Saudi Aramco is expected to complete gas processing facilities as part of a project that will allow it to produce shale gas for the first ...

 

Housing

Saudi Arabia set to hand over 53,000 housing units

More than 53,000 residential units, including flats and villas, will be ready shortly for distribution in different parts of Saudi Arabia, said a report. ...

 

Reform

Goldman Sachs chief tweets support for Saudi reform

Lloyd Blankfein spoke on a panel last week with the managing director of Saudi Arabia’s sovereign wealth fund, where the Goldman Sachs Group CEO called for ...

 

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