Two Top Officials in Crackdown Sweep Return to Public Eye

Two top officials detained in last year's crackdown on corruption in Saudi Arabia have returned to the public eye following settlement payments, according to reports.

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Saudi Arabia, UAE introduce VAT in push to boost revenue

Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, once seen as the Gulf's leading tax havens, have imposed a 5 percent value-added tax on goods and ...


VAT on Electricity

Threefold increase in electricity bills from today

From Monday, consumers will have to bear a threefold increase in electricity tariff with the implementation of Value Added Tax (VAT) and a revised bill ...


New Year's Video

The Saudi Embassy In The USA Posted A Video Wishing The World A Happy New Year

2017 has been an extra-ordinary year for Saudi Arabia, to put it mildly. ...


Saudi Budget

Commentary: Saudi budget 2018: Worthy of Vision 2030

The budget, which in the past has been 90 percent dependent on oil revenues, is this year not more than 50 percent based on revenue ...


Change in Saudi Arabia

A year of historic change in Saudi Arabia, with more to come

Saudi Arabia in 2017 laid the groundwork for momentous change next year, defying its conservative reputation for slow, cautious reforms by announcing plans to let ...


Driving Ban Lifted

Year in review: Women gear up for a new dawn in Saudi Arabia

The biggest — and most memorable — announcement pertaining to Saudi women was in September, when the government finally granted women the right to drive. ...


Saudi Stock Market

The Saudi Stock Exchange Performance Report – Annual Statistical Report 2017

At the end of the year 2017 Tadawul All Share Index (TASI) closed at a level of 7,226.32 points compared to 7,210.43 points for the ...


Google Doodle

Google commemorates 70th birthday of famous Saudi female singer

Google Doodle paid homage to iconic Saudi singer Etab on December 30 with a colorful illustration to commemorate her 70th birthday. ...


Human Rights

U.N. rights experts decry repression of activists in Saudi Arabia

United Nations human rights experts called on Saudi Arabia on Tuesday to end “repression” of rights activists and release dozens detained since September for peacefully ...



The first Arabian Gulf IPO of 2018 opens for subscription in Saudi Arabia 

The first share sale of 2018 hit the market on Monday in Saudi Arabia as Al Rajhi Capital opened its real estate investment unit's initial ...


Technology Investment

Saudi CEOs call for investment boost in emerging technologies

In line with this trend, and according to the survey 88 percent of Saudi Arabia’s CEOs are planning greater levels of investment in emerging technologies ...


Prince Miteb bin Abdullah

Saudi’s Crown Prince and Prince Miteb seen together after corruption probe

"A conversation between Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and Prince Miteb bin Abdullah ended with a kiss from Crown Prince Mohammed to his older brother, ...


Saudi Aramco Shipyard

Saudi Aramco shipyard joint venture appoints CEO

Saudi Aramco and its partners have appointed Fathi K. Al-Saleem as chief executive of a joint venture to build a shipyard on the kingdom’s east ...



Nawaz, Shehbaz Sharif meet Saudi crown prince Mohammad bin Salman

Former prime minister Nawaz Sharif and Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif held a 1.5 hour-long meeting with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman late Monday ...


Women in the Workforce

Saudi lawyers welcome decision to employ women at courts

Minister of Justice Walid Al-Samaani approved the opening of new women’s sections in notary offices, and the creation of special areas to receive women to ...


Cinema in Saudi

Saudi band cheers the return of movie theaters with new YouTube video

In the song titled "Cinema in Saudi", band members Hasan Hatrash, Khalid Sharani, Amro Hawari and Amir Abbas relive their favorite childhood memories of cinema, ...


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Capital Markets

A Guide to Mideast Markets in 2018

For as long as Gulf economies rely on oil, crude will be a factor in determining how investors trade regional markets. But right now, politics ...



Iran’s enemies to blame for unrest, says supreme leader, as nine die overnight

Iran’s supreme leader has blamed the Islamic Republic’s enemies for nationwide unrest, as authorities cracked down with increasing intensity on protesters, leading to nine deaths ...


War in Yemen

Suspected Saudi-led coalition airstrikes in Yemen kill 23

Yemeni witnesses and security officials say Saudi-led coalition airstrikes have killed at least 23 people in the port city of Hodeida. ...



Pakistan summons U.S. ambassador after Trump’s angry tweet

Pakistan summoned the U.S. ambassador in protest against U.S. President Donald Trump’s angry tweet about Pakistan’s “lies and deceit”, while Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif dismissed ...



How Sunnis’ post-ISIS crisis is leading some to a new Iraqi nationalism

As Iraq celebrates the defeat of ISIS, the Sunni Arab community is confronting an identity crisis in the aftermath of the occupation. For some, accommodation ...


ME Women

The 10 women from the Middle East we’ll be watching in 2018

While we’ve already reminisced about the powerhouse women of the region who smashed it in 2017 (and, quite frankly, will still smash it in the ...


ME Authors

10 Middle Eastern Authors You Should Know

The Middle East has long been a colorful and vibrant region for literature, poetry, and art; and although much of the storytelling has been oral ...



Mike Pence Still Plans on Visiting Israel, Office Says

Mike Pence’s office on Monday said the U.S. vice president still plans on visiting Israel this month, despite an apparent delay in the schedule. Pence had ...



Israel changes law to make it harder to cede Jerusalem control

Israel’s parliament passed an amendment on Tuesday that would make it harder for it to cede control over parts of Jerusalem in any peace deal ...



State media says Syrian president reshuffles government

President Bashar Assad reshuffled his government Monday replacing the ministers of defense, information and industry, Syria's state news agency SANA reported. ...


Amazon Logistics Centers

Gulf Islamic Investments Buys Amazon’s Logistics Centres For $144 Million

Located in Dortmund, Germany, the two state-of-the-art logistics centres act as the key logistics centres for Amazon—founded by the world’s richest person, Jeff Bezos—supplying goods ...


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