Despite Progress, WEF Ranks Saudi Poorly on Gender Gap Index

Saudi Arabia was among the lowest-ranked countries on in the World Economic Forum's Global Gender Gap index, despite recently issuing new rules on women driving and other progress in the Kingdom. Saudi Arabia placed 138th out of 144 countries.

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Oil Exports

OPEC likely to keep oil supply curbs for whole of 2018: sources

OPEC is likely to stay the course by keeping its current curb on oil production in place for the whole of 2018 despite potential output ...


Oil Price

Analysis: Saudi Arabia needs $70/b oil next year to breakeven – Oil

Saudi Arabia will have to engineer a 34% increase in average oil prices next year if it is to balance its budget and avoid falling ...


GCC Reforms

Saudi Arabia top reformer in the GCC last year, World Bank says

Saudi Arabia was the top reformer among the six-member economic bloc of GCC, implementing six reforms in the past year as Opec's biggest oil exporter ...


Neom City

NEOM and Saudi Arabia’s Futuristic Ambitions

Naysayers are recalling Saudi Arabia’s past attempts at grand projects. Yet, in the NEOM case, MBS and his team are setting out a vision for the ...


Saudi-Africa Investment

Riyadh looks across the Red Sea: What Saudi investors could mean for Africa

He arrived in Saudi Arabia with a business proposition. Flying in from Kano, Nigeria, tradesman Abubakar Usman Abubakar walked the halls of the Riyadh Ritz-Carlton last ...



Saudi-Egypt electricity linkage project to launch in December

“The Egyptian-Saudi linkage project will serve as a basic infrastructure for electricity trade between Arab countries to create a common market for power,” Desouki said. Costing ...


Vision 2030

Analysis: Why Saudi Arabia Can’t Change Too Quickly

The crown prince must balance his desire for change with a public reticent to adapt. ...


"Bridges" Saudi Program

How a rapper’s radio interview revealed a Saudi soft power campaign

The cultural exchange program is called “Bridges,” and its goal is to bring a number of Saudi young professionals — from poets to the country’s ...



Lebanon Church Head Invited to Meet Saudi King in Historic Move

Saudi Arabia invited Lebanon’s Catholic patriarch to visit the country and meet King Salman, a rare gesture by the Muslim kingdom to one of the most ...



Tourist visa, archaeology convention latest in Saudi drive to open up to the world

“Tourist visas will be introduced soon,” Prince Sultan bin Salman bin Abdulaziz, president of the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage (SCTH), told a ...


Women's Football

Will Saudi Arabia soon have professional women’s football?

Iqbal Dandari, a member of the Committee for Human Rights at the Shoura Council has requested the establishment of professional sports clubs for women, according to ...



Boris Johnson Urges Saudi Arabia to Emulate Liberal Britain

U.K. Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson has delivered a lecture on liberal values to Saudi Arabia, telling the Gulf kingdom it must modernize and build a ...



Saudi Arabia sets up new commission to boost cybersecurity

King Salman has set up a new cyber authority to protect information technology networks, systems and data, and improve online security for companies and individuals. ...


Saudi Womens Rights

Saudi Arabia grants robot rights that women there don’t have

Women in Saudi Arabia are angry about the government’s decision to grant citizenship to a female robot that, unlike them, does not need a male ...


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The CIA is releasing hundreds of thousands of documents, images, and computer files recovered during the May 2011 raid on Osama bin Laden’s compound in ...



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Bahrain has asked Gulf allies for financial assistance as it seeks to replenish its foreign-exchange reserves and avert a currency devaluation that could reverberate across ...


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Widely seen as one of the most prestigious jobs in the foreign service, and analogous to the chief of staff position of the military branches, ...


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Scientists discover hidden chamber in Egypt’s Great Pyramid

Scientists have found a hidden chamber in Egypt’s Great Pyramid of Giza, the first such discovery in the structure since the 19th century and one ...


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Saudi-led coalition airstrike in Yemen kills 26 people

Abdellah al-Ezi, head of the health office of the northern Saada province, said the airstrike struck a small hotel in a market, wounding 28 other ...


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Balfour Declaration: Banksy holds ‘apology’ party for Palestinians

The British artist Banksy has organised a "street party" in the occupied West Bank to apologise for the Balfour Declaration, ahead of its centenary. ...



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