NYT Columnist Tom Friedman Praises Saudi Arabia’s ‘Arab Spring, At Last’; Twitter Reacts

New York Times Columnist and bestselling author Tom Friedman met with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in Saudi Arabia for a second time in three years to speak with the powerful and young leader about the ongoing Vision 2030 social and economic reform plans. Twitter had mixed reactions.

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Islamic Military Counter Terrorism Coalition

Saudi vows new Islamic alliance ‘will wipe terrorists from the earth’

The summit is the first meeting of defence ministers and other senior officials from the Islamic Military Counter Terrorism Coalition, which officially counts 41 countries ...


Mohammed bin Salman

Opinion: Saudi Arabia’s Arab Spring, at Last

"I never thought I’d live long enough to write this sentence: The most significant reform process underway anywhere in the Middle East today is in ...


Foreign Investment

Saudi Arabia Eases Requirements for Foreign Institutional Investors in Stock Market

This is done by reducing the minimum value of assets under management needed for an institution to qualify as an investor to 1.875 billion riyals ...



Saudi Aramco, SABIC plan to build $20 bln oil-to-chemicals complex

The Saudi project would process about 400,000 barrels per day (bpd) of Arabian light crude oil to make about 9 million tonnes of chemicals and ...


Yemen Civil War

Humanitarian Aid Lands In Yemen After Three-Week Saudi Blockade

Three planes carrying humanitarian aid and aid workers landed in Yemen’s capital on Saturday, the first delivery to the war-torn nation in nearly three weeks ...


Saudi Stock Market

Foreigners still net sellers of Saudi stocks in wake of corruption crackdown

Foreign investors were net sellers of Saudi Arabian equities for a third straight week after authorities launched a major crackdown on corruption, but by a ...


Shake up in Saudi

Saudi Arabia detentions: Living inside ‘five-star prison’

The judicial official clarifies that this is still "a pre-investigation". "We're asking people who took the money to give it back," he says. "It's a friendly ...


Indians in KSA

Saudi Arabia among most preferred destinations for Indian job seekers

According to figures provided by the Embassy of India in Riyadh, the number of expatriate Indians in Saudi Arabia shot up from 3,039,193 in March ...


Saudi Economy

Economics 101: Is Saudi Arabia right to pursue austerity?

It is no coincidence that the Saudi government is pursuing austerity at the same time as it is tackling corruption or launching mega cities - ...


No Selfies Allowed

Saudi Arabia bans selfies at Islam’s two holiest sites

The Saudi Arabian government has banned pilgrims from taking photos and videos using any devices for any purpose at Islam's two holiest mosques, according to ...



Israel-Saudi relations are being changed by a mutual enemy

Last week, Israel Defense Forces Chief of Staff Gadi Eizenkot gave his first-ever interview to Saudi media, speaking to Saudi news site Elaph. Eizenkot's intended ...


TIME Person

Saudi Crown Prince leading Time’s ‘Person of The Year’ poll

With 22 percent votes so far, Prince Mohammed looks set to beat US President Donald Trump, Russian President Vladimir Putin and many other high-profile figures. ...


Labor Regulations

‘A Nation without Violations’ campaign gains ground across Saudi Arabia

The campaign was launched by the Ministry of Interior on March 29, 2017 to give residency, labor law violators and infiltrators the chance to leave ...


Fawaz Alhokair Group

Saudi Alhokair Mall IPO Said to Be Derailed as Billionaire Held

Plans to revive the public share sale of Fawaz Alhokair Group’s mall unit are on hold after the accounts of its billionaire co-founder were frozen ...



Tory MPs accused of ‘perks for questions’ over Saudi Arabia visit

The hospitality included business-class flights, luxury hotel stays, fine dining and meetings with King Salman and senior officials. The register shows the figure is almost ...


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ISIS raises stakes with Egypt mosque attack

The ease with which they mounted an attack — killing more than 300 people in the worst bloodshed of its kind in Egypt's modern history ...


Global Oil Markets

Aramco Sees Oil Market Balanced as U.A.E. Downplays Shale

Global crude inventories are declining and supply and demand are in balance, according to the head of Saudi Aramco, while the United Arab Emirates energy minister ...


War in Yemen

Saudi-led coalition allows first aid ship into Yemen’s Hodeidah port: local officials

A ship carrying 5,500 tonnes of flour docked in Yemen’s Hodeidah port in the Red Sea on Sunday, the first after more than two weeks ...


War in Yemen

With Saudi Blockade Threatening Famine in Yemen, U.S. Points Finger at Iran

The White House is pressing to declassify intelligence allegedly linking Iran to short-range ballistic missile attacks by Yemeni insurgents against Saudi Arabia, part of a ...


ME E-Commerce

No ZIP codes, cash on delivery: So can Middle East online shopping ever take off?

Despite high levels of digital penetration, the region's e-commerce sector is lagging behind other markets. "E-commerce accounts for only around 0.71 percent of the region's ...


Palestinian Crafts

From Palestinian refugee camp to London, Paris, Dubai boutiques

In 2013, Roberta Ventura, an Italian with a background in investment banking, decided to set up a social project to help women in the camp ...



Trouble in sport’s paradise: Can Qatar overcome the diplomatic crisis?

That leaves Qatar with the issue of the integrity of its bid, which may be in terms of public diplomacy the toughest nut to crack. ...



Inside Pakistan’s Biggest Business Conglomerate: The Pakistani Military

In July 2016, the Pakistani senate was informed that the armed forces run over 50 commercial entities worth over $20 billion. Ranging from petrol pumps ...



Netanyahu said to warn Assad: We’ll strike if you let Iran set up bases in Syria

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has warned Syrian President Bashar Assad that Israel will intervene militarily in the Syrian civil war if Assad gives formal permission ...



Turkey says Trump must keep pledge on not arming YPG militia

A telephone call on Friday between U.S. and Turkish leaders marked a turning point in strained relations between the two countries, but Washington must honor ...



Hezbollah, on the rise in Lebanon, fends off Saudi Arabia

Now Hezbollah is set to potentially benefit from the turmoil, using its political and military prowess — and vast social networks in Lebanon — to ...


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