Saudi-Russia Ties Strengthen as King Salman Visits around Russia Energy Week

Saudi-Russia ties continue to warm ahead of King Salman’s visit as the Kingdom looks to expand bi-lateral investment opportunities, according to reports.

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Saudi Survey

Unique Saudi Poll Shows Moderate Majority, But Sectarian Split

These findings suggest that Riyadh can count on some significant grass-roots backing for its social reforms, and considerable leeway from the public at large to ...



Saudi and Russia line up $3bn in investment deals

The bonhomie between the world’s two biggest energy players is about to get closer. ...


Saudi Oil Policy

Saudi Compliance To OPEC Deal Comes At A Price

Saudi Arabia is following through with its pledge to stick to the output cuts in the OPEC/non-OPEC deal. The Kingdom is also reducing exports to ...


Saudi Solar

World’s cheapest prices submitted for Saudi Arabia’s first solar project 

A consortium led by Abu Dhabi’s renewable energy company Masdar submitted the world’s lowest-ever bid for the first solar power project in Saudi Arabia as ...


Driving Ban Lifted

Allowing Saudi women to drive will save $5.3 bn annually: Official

Abdullah Ahmed Al-Moghlooth, a member of the Saudi Economic Association (SEA), praised King Salman’s decision to allow women to drive, saying he believes this can ...


Saudi Economy

Saudi central bank paints rosy picture of economy

Top Saudi central bank officials painted a highly positive picture of the economy at a rare news conference on Wednesday, saying growth was likely to ...


Yemen Civil War

Draft U.N. blacklist names Saudi coalition for killing children in Yemen

A confidential draft United Nations blacklist seen by Reuters on Tuesday names a Saudi Arabia-led military coalition for killing and maiming children in Yemen, though ...


Stock Market

Video: Why Saudi Arabia, U.A.E. Earnings Are Under Pressure

NBAD Securities CEO Mohammed Yasin weighs in on Saudi Arabia and U.A.E earnings. ...



Investcorp eyes businesses linked to Aramco, Saudi healthcare

The private equity and alternative asset firm, which has offices around the world, aims to more than double investments to $50 billion in five years ...


Women's Health and Fitness

Meet Dona al-Ghamdi, Saudi Arabia’s first female boxing champion

At age 20, Dona Mohammed al-Ghamdi has become the first Saudi girl to bag four international medals in boxing. ...


National Development Fund

Saudi Arabia establishes national development fund, names new ministers

The Kingdom will establish the new ‘National Development Fund’ which will serve as an umbrella fund for existing social, industrial and agricultural funds. The new ...



Saudi Arabia names Nabeel al-Amudi transport minister

Saudi Arabia has appointed Nabeel al-Amudi, the head of the Saudi Ports Authority as transport minister, state TV reported on Wednesday, citing a royal decree. ...


Death Penalty

Saudi Arabia carries out 100th execution so far this year

Amnesty International condemns ‘execution spree’, which in recent months has seen as many as five people executed a week ...


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Iran Nuclear Agreement

Tillerson’s secret plan to keep US in Iran deal

"It's the legislation," the official said. "Every 90 days the president must certify and its creates a political crisis. If the administration could put the ...


Renewable Energy

Renewables 2017

Boosted by a strong solar PV market, renewables accounted for almost two-thirds of net new power capacity around the world in 2016, with almost 165 ...


Kurdish Referendum

The geopolitics of Kurdish independence

One week after Iraqi Kurds held their independence referendum, the geopolitical blowback has been swift and near unanimous. The United States has called the referendum ...



Iran Inside and Out

Although Iran is a midlevel power, with a gross domestic product somewhat larger than Norway's and sightly smaller than Austria’s, it has a 2,500-year imperial ...



Urgent action needed for water sustainability in MENA

Water scarcity has always been a major challenge in the mostly arid MENA region. However, overdrawing of ground­water compounded with climate change, high rates of ...


North Africa Migration

The Challenges of Migration in North Africa

There have always been migrant flows from sub-Saharan to North Africa and then irregular migration to Europe, but over the last 20 years, the numbers ...



Israel sees Assad winning Syria war, urges more U.S. involvement

Avigdor Lieberman’s comments marked a reversal for Israel, where top officials had from the outset of fighting in 2011 until mid-2015 regularly predicted Assad would ...


Turkey in the Region

Turkey Opens Its Largest Overseas Military Base in Somalia

The $50 million base was opened on Saturday (Sept. 30) and will train more than 10,000 soldiers. The move is part of an effort to institutionalize and ...



Qatar receives Iran FM in Doha

Zarif arrived in Doha on Monday in the first visit by a senior Iranian official since the Gulf crisis began on 5 June. He arrived ...


Jalal Talabani

Kurdish former Iraqi president Jalal Talabani dies aged 83

Jalal Talabani, the Kurdish former president of Iraq and its first non-Arab head of state, has died. He was 83. ...


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