U.S.-SAUDI SECURITY COOPERATION

U.S. Approves Possible Sale of THAAD Missile Defense System to Saudi Arabia with Massive $15b Price Tag

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The United States has given preliminary approval for the sale of a THAAD missile defense system to Saudi Arabia with a price tag of $15 billion, according to reports and a statement by the

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Saudi Economy

Analysis: IMF tells Saudi Arabia: ‘You’re well on track, no need to go so fast’

It is not often you hear the International Monetary Fund (IMF) urging “spend, spend,” while the client country replies “well, actually we’d rather hold on ...

 

THAAD

Saudi THAAD Purchase Is Massive In Scope, Looking To Create Huge Ballistic Missile Shield

At nearly the same time as the news hit that Saudi Arabia would be purchasing an unknown number of S-400 air defense batteries from Russia, ...

 

Saudi Oil Policy

Saudi Arabia Cuts Crude Allocation For November

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Women Drivers

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The poll, which surveyed 217 females and 299 males in Saudi Arabia between September 28 and September 30, revealed that 82 per cent of Saudi ...

 

Driving Ban Lifted

Education ministry prepares for women’s driving

”The ministry will announce a project to raise traffic awareness for both men and women” Issa said in a speech at the function organized to ...

 

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Saudi Aramco plugs into India’s oil growth story

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Saudi Border Guards foil infiltration attempts of 3,680 people in a week

Saudi Border Guards stationed in the border areas between Saudi Arabia and Yemen foiled the infiltration of 3,680 people across the Saudi-Yemeni border since the ...

 

Saudi Insurance Companies

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According to the statement, companies must complete the transition to a full Saudi workforce by no later than early February next year. All management positions ...

 

GE and SEC

GE, SEC in $141m contract for Riyadh Power Plant 12

GE Power has signed a multi-year service agreement with Saudi Electricity Company (SEC) to provide comprehensive maintenance, parts and repairs services for eight GE 7F.05 ...

 

Mohammed Hasan Alwan

Mohammed Hasan Alwan: Saudi Arabia ‘Might Become a Totally Different Country’

Mohammed Hasan Alwan, 38, was born in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, but now calls Toronto home. He's the author of five novels and is the recipient ...

 

MERS

Camel contact common in recent Saudi MERS cases

Direct contact with camels, a known risk factor for contracting MERS-CoV has been reported in most recent cases, according to new reports from the Saudi ...

 

Gas Station Bump

Watch: Saudi man uses his 4×4 to push burning car away from petrol pump

“ I was coming out of the mosque following the Maghrib (Sunset) prayers when I saw a large crowd trying to deal with a car ...

 

Sadar

Sadara has new CEO

Sadara Chemical Company, which recently announced commercial operations of the full chemical complex in Jubail Industrial City II, has appointed Dr. Faisal Al-Faqeer of Saudi ...

 

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