New Archeological Discoveries in Tabuk, Saudi Arabia Date Back to Stone Age

New rock and animal drawings and other archeological discoveries were unearthed in the Tabuk region of Saudi Arabia by experts from France and the Kingdom, according to reports.

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Saudi Aramco IPO

What America thinks of Saudi Aramco

The overall lesson is that, while there may be some regulatory and legal risks to a New York listing, Americans at virtually every level would ...


Saudi Economy

Oil, austerity expected to shrink Saudi economy this year — Reuters Poll

Saudi Arabia's economy is expected to shrink this year for the first time in eight years, hit by sagging oil output and austerity policies which ...


Saudi Economy

Saudi Arabia Weighs Slower Subsidy, Budget Cuts to Aid Economy

Saudi Arabia may cut energy subsidies more gradually and take longer to balance its budget, Finance Minister Mohammed Al-Jadaan said, as the kingdom seeks to soften the ...


Foreign Banks

Foreign banks plan Saudi expansion amid economic reform

Goldman Sachs, JPMorgan, UBS and Citigroup are all planning to substantially increase their headcount in Saudi Arabia, executives said, as foreign banks expect lucrative opportunities from the ...



Liquidity returns to Saudi Arabia banking industry

The liquidity of the Saudi Arabian banking system has improved as public-sector deposits that were yanked from lenders in the aftermath of the 2014 oil ...


Saudi Women Drivers

What Overturning the Ban on Female Drivers Means for Saudi Arabia and the World

I spent five more years reporting on activism in Saudi Arabia before I finally understood that, for Huwaider and other social-justice and pro-democracy advocates in ...



With Russia Trip, Saudi Arabia Sent a Message to Washington: We Have Choices

The arrival last week of Salman and a huge Saudi delegation—some 1,500 people—was a major event in Russia. Salman was the first reigning Saudi monarch ...


Yemen Civil War

Arab Studies Center refutes UN allegations against Saudi-led Arab coalition in Yemen

The Arab Studies Center, affiliated with the European Council of Social Sciences, refuted the allegations of the UN report claiming that the operations of the ...


Saudi Aramco IPO

FCA met Saudi Aramco before trying to change rules for $2tn flotation

The chief executive of the Financial Conduct Authority has admitted meeting officials from Saudi Aramco before publishing plans to water down rules in an attempt ...


Travel and Tourism

286 Saudi islands on offer for tourism investment in southern Jazan

The Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage (SCTH) has announced that 286 islands off the Jazan coast will be on the market for tourism ...



Organ donor designation on Saudi driving licences approved

Saudi Arabia’s Shura Council has agreed to allow men and women to be designated organ donors on their driving licence or on their national identification. ...


Christmas in Khobar

Interview with Tim Barger about Christmas in Khobar

Aramco Expats correspondent Grace Gail Malone interviews Tim Barger about his new book. ...



Saudi Arabia bans ‘nightwear’ in sport stadiums

Since the ban was announced on 10 October, the hashtag "banning nightwear in stadiums" has been used close to 60,000 times on Twitter. ...



Lawsuit filed against Mobily scandal suspects -Saudi regulator

The lawsuit follows an investigation launched by the CMA after Mobily restated 27 months of earnings due to accounting errors related to the premature booking ...


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Iran Nuclear Agreement

Trump to target Iran nuclear deal, Revolutionary Guard in speech

President Donald Trump will outline a tougher U.S. strategy for countering Iran on Friday that will seek to strengthen the enforcement of what he considers ...


Qatar Dispute

The Gulf Crisis isn’t Beyond Hope — Here’s How Washington Can Help

Washington’s efforts to resolve the crisis have been spearheaded by the U.S. secretaries of state and defense who have sought to advance a diplomatic process ...


Iran in the Region

Commentary: The Audacity of Iran’s Foreign Minister

The narrative spun by the foreign minister not only contradicts the historical reality of Iran’s behavior but is also at odds with the Farsi-language narratives ...


United Nations

US, Israel Withdraw from UNESCO

Following the U.S. decision Thursday to quit the United Nations organization for education, science and culture, Israel announced it too will withdraw. The United States ...



Kurdish forces withdraw from edges of disputed Iraqi region

Kurdish forces have withdrawn from the edges of a disputed region in northern Iraq, a commander said Friday, amid tensions with Iraq's central government over ...


North Korean Laborers

UAE stops issuing new visas for North Korean laborers

The United Arab Emirates said Thursday it would stop issuing new visas to North Korean workers, becoming the latest Gulf country to limit Pyongyang’s ability ...


Islam in Scandinavia

Why did Vikings have ‘Allah’ embroidered into funeral clothes?

Researchers in Sweden have found Arabic characters woven into burial costumes from Viking boat graves. The discovery raises new questions about the influence of Islam ...


Women in Energy

Women continue to be change-makers and take on bigger roles in the oil and gas industry

Research by the Boston Consulting Group, for the World Petroleum Council, has found that fewer than a fifth of oil and gas workers are female. ...


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