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Vision 2030

Visions And Misperceptions On The Road To An Aramco IPO

Nowhere has this fundamental misunderstanding been more apparent than in Western media’s treatment of the Aramco IPO, which, contrary to prevailing sentiment, has clear and ...

 

Neom City

Saudi Arabia to Sell Shares of New Mega-City

Saudi Arabia has announced it will sell shares of its planned $500-billion mega-city on financial markets. The city, called NEOM, is a 26,500-square-kilometer zone that ...

 

FTSE Inclusion

FTSE Saudi Arabia Inclusion Index Series: Your Keys To The Kingdom

On October 29, 2017 FTSE Russell launched the FTSE Saudi Arabia Inclusion Index Series, a comprehensive series of global, regional and country-level indexes which can ...

 

Oil Exports

Is Saudi Arabia’s Oil Strategy Working?

The IMF estimated that Saudi Arabia will need oil prices to trade at about $70 per barrel in 2018 for its budget to breakeven, a ...

 

Public Transportation

$506m Saudi Bus Rapid Transit project on track

Turkish construction giant Yuksel said work was moving at a steady pace on the SR1.9-billion ($506 million) Saudi Bus Rapid Transit project which involves construction ...

 

SAMI

Saudi Arabian Military Industries announces new CEO and board

The Saudi Arabian Military Industries (SAMI) has announced the formation of the company’s board of directors, chaired by Ahmed Al-Khatib, as well as appointing Andreas ...

 

Petrochemicals

Saudi oil-to-chemicals project to take first tentative step this year

Saudi Arabia is close to completing a feasibility study for a pioneering new facility to convert crude oil directly to petrochemicals, bypassing the need for ...

 

Tourism and Hospitality

Saudi Arabia to open up to tourists with new visas

The news was reported by Arabic newspaper Al Watan last week and they said initially visas would only be available to tour groups travelling with ...

 

Public Investment Fund

Saudis to tap BofA banker for $230bn sovereign wealth fund

Saudi Arabia is set to appoint a London-based financier to a top management post at its burgeoning $230bn sovereign wealth fund, as the kingdom taps foreign ...

 

Life in Saudi Arabia

How Khobar’s King Khalid Street won, then lost, its ‘Saudi Champs-Élysées’ label

Ask anyone in Saudi Arabia and they will tell you that King Khalid Street in the eastern city of Khobar was once proudly labeled as ...

 

Soccer

Saudi Arabian cash could fund Newcastle United takeover

Simon Chadwick, professor of sports enterprise at Salford University and co-director of the Centre for Sports Business, believes that funds for a potential takeover of ...

 

Yemen Civil War

Saudi-led air strike kills 26 people in Yemen, medics say

An air strike by a Saudi-led military coalition killed 26 people at a hotel and an adjoining market in Yemen’s northern Saadah province on Wednesday, ...

 

Technology and Society

Saudi women sentenced to ten lashes for WhatsApp insults

Two women in Saudia Arabia have been sentenced to ten lashes each after insulting one another via WhatsApp. ...

 

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Regional and related topics

New York Terror Attack

Deadly Halloween attack in New York branded ‘terrorism’ by authorities

An Uzbek immigrant accused of killing eight people in New York City by driving a rental truck down a riverfront bike path on Tuesday appeared ...

 

Balfour Declaration

Balfour declaration at 100: What it means for the Middle East today

On 2 November, people in the Territories and diaspora Palestinians around the world will mark the centenary of the Balfour Declaration, a British statement of ...

 

Kurds

Commentary: The Kurds Are Right Back Where They Started

While the Kurds’ common ethnic identity unites them, as a people, they are as divided as any other ethnic group—by dialect, political ideology, and the ...

 

Russia-Iran

Russia’s Putin arrives in Iran to discuss Syria, nuclear deal

Russian President Vladimir Putin began a visit to Iran on Wednesday designed to underpin closer ties between two countries at loggerheads with the United States ...

 

Syria

Assad sets sights on Kurdish areas, risking new Syria conflict

With Islamic State near defeat in Syria, Damascus is setting its sights on territory held by Kurdish-led forces including eastern oil fields, risking a new ...

 

Egypt

Egypt to finalise nuclear power plant contracts before year end

According to UAE state news agency, WAM, Egypt signed an agreement in 2015 for Russia to finance the construction and operation of the nuclear energy ...

 

Palestine

Hamas hands PA control of Gaza border crossings

The Islamist group Hamas has begun handing control of border crossings in Gaza to the Palestinian Authority (PA) as part of a reconciliation deal. ...

 

Turkey

New Turkish party could cost Erdogan support, dislodge main opposition: poll

A new Turkish political party founded by a former minister and vocal critic of Tayyip Erdogan could cost the president crucial support and potentially unseat ...

 

Development

Historic change to aid rules allows use of funding when lives are at stake

Rare change to international aid regulations means crisis-hit states will no longer be denied vital support because they are deemed too wealthy ...

 

Tunisia

Attacker Stabs 2 Tunisian Police Officers

Tunisian police on Wednesday arrested a suspected Islamist militant who stabbed two officers in front of the parliament building in Tunis. ...

 

Pakistan

Pakistani cleric jailed until hearing on model’s murder

A Pakistani court on Wednesday ordered a Muslim cleric jailed until his next hearing over possible involvement in the 2016 murder of a social media ...

 

Pakistan

Sharif’s Indictment Risks Confidence Gains in Pakistan

Former Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's ouster and subsequent indictment on corruption charges may damage Pakistanis' recently restored faith in their leadership during his tenure. ...

 

Iraq-Kurds

Iraqi authorities gain first foothold at Kurdish frontier with Turkey

The balance of power between Iraqi central government forces and the autonomous Kurdish region has been transformed since the Kurds staged their referendum on Sept. ...

 

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