Saudi Arabia to Issue First Individual Tourist Visas in 2018, Prince Sultan bin Salman Says

Saudi Arabia plans to issue its first tourist visas next year as the Kingdom looks to expand tourism and leisure as part of its ambitious Vision 2030 economic and social reform plans.

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Saudi Students

Saudi student in U.S. killed by reckless driver

According to Al-Marsad, a Saudi exchange student died following a road accident that took place on a highway in the US state of Alabama. ...



Israel and Saudi Arabia: New best friends in the Middle East?

In light of a shared perception of threat from Iran, Israel and Saudi Arabia have opened a new chapter in diplomatic relations. The move could ...


Prince Miteb bin Abdullah

Senior Saudi prince freed in $1 billion settlement agreement: official

Senior Saudi Prince Miteb bin Abdullah, once seen as a leading contender to the throne, was freed after reaching an “acceptable settlement agreement” with authorities ...


'Extremist Rehab Program'

Saudi Arabia is freeing a new batch of former Gitmo detainees

Saudi Arabia is quietly preparing to release a group of Yemenis once held in Guantánamo, the first non-Saudis to graduate from its 13-year-old deradicalization program. ...



Aramco-SABIC partnership will give Saudi economy ‘more flexibility’

Integration between Saudi Aramco and Saudi Basic Industries (SABIC) in refining and the petrochemicals will create more flexibility in the kingdom’s economy, according to a ...


Sarah Al Suhaimi

The Woman Shattering Saudi Arabia’s Glass Ceiling

Breaking the glass ceiling? Suhaimi, 37, has already shattered three in her still young career: as the first female head of asset management at Jadwa ...


Oil Price

Oil Sleeps Through Saudi-Iran Spat and Imminent OPEC Meeting

With tensions between Saudi Arabia and Iran ratcheting up and OPEC about to announce its plans for global crude supply, investors would be forgiven for ...


Prince Alwaleed bin Talal

A Prince’s Uncertain Fate Deepens Mystery in Saudi Arabia

It has been more than three weeks since Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, the most prominent investor in Saudi Arabia, was arrested on a Saturday night ...


Doing Business

Doing business guide: Understanding Saudi Arabia’s tax position

Saudi Arabia is working on improving the business climate and increasing access to finance, especially for small and medium enterprises. ...


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Regional and related topics


Rouhani says Saudis call Iran an enemy to conceal defeat in region

“Saudi Arabia was unsuccessful in Qatar, was unsuccessful in Iraq, in Syria and recently in Lebanon. In all of these areas, they were unsuccessful,” Rouhani ...



Syrian Kurdish official to US: Don’t turn your back on us

A senior Syrian Kurdish official said Washington would undermine the campaign against Islamic State militants and Americans would lose their place in the region's fight ...


Egypt Terrorist Attacks

The terrorist attack against Sufi Muslims in Egypt, explained

SIS’s affiliate in Sinai — which some experts believe carried out the strike — has targeted Sufis several times over the last year. Other ISIS ...


U.S. Foreign Policy

What’s Dangerous About Donald Trump’s Foreign Policy?

His unorthodox approach has frightened some observers. But it’s his more conventional moves that have cost the most lives. ...



Softbank wants a 30 percent discount on Uber shares

Japan’s SoftBank Group is offering to purchase shares of Uber at a valuation of $48 billion, a 30 percent discount to its most recent valuation ...



Iran’s new videos of U.S., British prisoners show Tehran angling for influence

Two videos that aired on Iranian television over the weekend suggest Tehran is trying to pressure the United States in advance of a potential decision ...



The Radical Women at the Heart of Palestine’s First Intifada

An illuminating new documentary, ‘Naila and the Uprising,’ spotlights the female activists who held up a movement—and fought for both Palestinian liberation and gender equality. ...



Qatar import growth turns positive as sanctions impact fades

Qatar's imports rose from a year earlier in October for the first time since other Arab states imposed sanctions on Doha in June, official data ...


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