Saudi Cinema to Return in March 2018, Minister Al-Awwad Says

Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Culture and Information has confirmed that commercial cinemas will be allowed to operate in the Kingdom as of March 2018, according to a statement by Minister Awwad Al-Awwad.

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Saudi Aramco

Saudi Aramco plans for a life after oil

The $20bn project, completed in September, is the largest chemicals facility constructed in a single phase anywhere in the world. It stands as a powerful ...



US investments in Saudi reported to exceed $15bn

The Saudi Arabian General Investment Authority (SAGIA) has announced that the amount of US investment facilities in the kingdom has increased to 462, with a ...


Entertainment in Saudi Arabia

Cinemas could return to Saudi Arabia as early as April 2018

Saudi Arabia could see the return of commercial cinemas as early as April according to several sources at Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF), where some ...


Vision 2030

Commentary: Here are top ten reforms introduced this year in Saudi Arabia

2017 will go down as a landmark year for the kingdom with the number of surprise reforms unveiled. Here are the ten that will likely have ...


Ride Sharing Apps

Saudi Aramco more concerned about ride sharing apps than electric cars

Ride-sharing is of greater immediate concern than either electric or self-driving cars, said Yasser Mufti, vice president of corporate planning. "I would argue that ride ...


Domestic Energy Prices

Saudis Are Said to Plan 80% Gasoline Price Increase in January

Saudi Arabia plans to raise domestic gasoline and jet fuel prices in January, part of a program to gradually eliminate energy subsidies as the kingdom ...


Household Subsidies

Saudi to announce launch of household allowance system on Tuesday

Saudi Arabia's government will announce on Tuesday the launch of a system of financial allowances to help low- and middle-income households cope with the costs ...


Saudi Stock Market

Wary Saudis Need Better News on Economy to Snap Stock-Sale Habit

Saudi authorities are changing market regulations to attract foreign investors to the country’s stock market. Those changes haven’t enticed local individuals to buy shares. ...



Saudi Arabia leads region’s IPO drive

“Many private equity backed and family groups continue to assess the IPO market and are working on readiness for attractive IPO opportunities. In particular, the ...


Marriage in Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia pushes for stricter rules on under-18 marriage

The consent of the girl and her mother and the approval of the court are among the requirements in case of an under-18 marriage, according ...



SoftBank’s Saudi Connections Could Mean Cash After Crackdown

Billionaire Masayoshi Son may be getting closer to achieving his dream of making SoftBank Group Corp. the world’s biggest investor in technologies. The reason has ...


Capital Punishment

Saudi Arabia On Track To Execute The Most People This Year In Two Decades

The number of executions carried out so far this year is on track to match or possibly exceed the numbers of death penalties in each ...


Yemen Civil War

Saudi-backed forces push toward key rebel-held port in Yemen

Yemen’s official news agency is reporting that Saudi-backed forces are advancing toward the Red Sea port of Hodeida, which provides a lifeline to the Shiite ...


Riyadh Metro

Riyadh Metro to begin accepting bids for station naming rights this month

The $23 billion (Dh84.5 billion) Riyadh Metro will begin accepting bids for private companies to acquire naming rights on December 17, with the process ending ...


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Middle East Protest

Palestinian stabs Israeli in Jerusalem; anti-Trump protest flares in Beirut

A Palestinian stabbed an Israeli security guard at Jerusalem’s main bus station on Sunday, police said, and violence flared near the U.S. Embassy in Beirut ...


Jerusalem Designation

Trump Administration Blindsided Palestinian Leaders on Jerusalem Designation

U.S. officials failed to mention the impending recognition of the holy city as Israel's capital just days before Trump's announcement. ...


Houthi Missiles

U.N. Panel Finds Evidence of Iranian Hardware in Yemeni Rebels’ Missile. And American.

An examination of key missile fragments, documented last month in a confidential U.N. report, supported U.S. claims that the missile was comprised of Iranian hardware. ...


Global Weapons Sales

SIPRI: Weapons sales up again worldwide

Arms sales are increasing around the world. The current report from the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) shows that the main beneficiaries are armaments ...


Salvator Mundi

Confirmed: Louvre Abu Dhabi acquired Leonardo da Vinci’s masterpiece ‘Salvator Mundi’

On Friday, both, Abu Dhabi’s Department of Culture and Tourism and the Louvre Abu Dhabi announced that the capital of the UAE had acquired Leonardo ...


OPEC-Russia Production Cuts

The Arctic Threat to Oil’s Grand Bargain

When Saudi Arabia's oil minister attended Friday's grand opening of a giant liquefied natural gas plant in northern Siberia, he'd have known this was just part of a ...


Russia in the Region

Putin orders ‘significant part’ of Russian forces in Syria to withdraw

President Vladimir Putin ordered “a significant part” of Russia’s military contingent in Syria to start withdrawing on Monday, saying Moscow and Damascus had achieved their ...


National Security Strategy

Analysis: Trump’s National Security Strategy is Decidedly Non-Trumpian

The draft document, which currently runs to roughly 70 pages, is broken into four pillars: defending the homeland, American prosperity, advancing American influence, and peace ...


Innovation and Growth

Economics 101: Why green cards could increase innovation in the Gulf

A new study suggests that creating an analogue to the US green card system may bolster innovation, an attractive corollary for the Gulf countries, all ...


ME Peace Plan

Trump dangles Middle East peace plan to limit Jerusalem outcry

When President Donald Trump told the Palestinian president of his intention to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, he assured him a peace plan being put ...


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