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Saudi Stock Market

Saudi Bourse Takes More Steps to Bolster Emerging Markets Case

Already the biggest stock market in the Middle East, the Tadawul has been making reforms to strengthen its position as a gateway to the kingdom ...


Aramco IPO Lead Up

Saudi Aramco working to raise cheap loans before IPO: Banking sources

The loans will offer slim returns - probably less than 1 percent a year - but the sources said the banks hoped to position themselves ...


Women Drivers

Uber and Careem recruit first female drivers in Saudi Arabia

Ride hailing applications in Saudi Arabia are recruiting female drivers, after the Kingdom announced plans to lift the ban on women driving by June 2018. ...



Women above 25 to be granted Saudi tourism visa

Saudi Arabia is to allow women who are at least 25 years old to visit the kingdom without the need to be accompanied by a ...



As Saudi Arabia relaxes its controls on culture and entertainment, artists dream — and worry

The government of this ultraconservative kingdom has lately become a tireless patron of the arts, sponsoring concerts by Western performers such as New Age artist Yanni and ...


Yemen Civil War

Saudi-led coalition says thwarts Houthi attack on oil tanker

The Saudi-led coalition fighting in Yemen said on Wednesday it had thwarted an attack on a Saudi oil tanker over the weekend by Houthi fighters ...



Human antibodies made in cows can treat MERS

Human antibodies made in genetically engineered cows have proved safe in an early stage clinical trial, US scientists said on Wednesday, and could be developed ...


Pay Boost

Aramco Joins Saudi Companies Boosting Pay After Royal Orders

Aramco joins some of the kingdom’s largest companies in the decision to temporarily boost wages after King Salman decided to pay Saudi civil servants an ...


Banking and Finance

Merger of Saudi banks Alawwal and SABB to go ahead despite delays

The proposed merger of Saudi British Bank (SABB) and Alawwal Bank has been delayed but not derailed, financial sector sources said. ...


Kingdom Tower Jeddah

Saudi Arabia to build world’s tallest building 1km tall

A Saudi government press release on Sunday said Jeddah Economic Company and Saudi Arabia's Alinma Investment had signed a financing deal for 8.4 billion Saudi ...


Domestic Politics

Saudi prince who criticized arrest of relatives is sacked

A Saudi prince who purportedly made an audio recording criticizing the government has been sacked as head of the kingdom's Maritime Sports Federation and replaced ...


Saudi Football

Saudi Arabia to face Germany and Belgium as World Cup preparations are revealed

Saudi Arabia will play high-profile friendlies against world champions Germany and Belgium — with a game against Italy also on the cards — in a ...


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Regional and related topics

ME Banking

Middle Eastern inbound M&A stands at 10-year high of $9.8 billion

HSBC earned the most investment banking fees in the Middle East during 2017, a total of $84.7 million for a 9.2 per cent share of ...


Muslims in America

Islam Will Be The Second-Biggest U.S. Religion by 2040

According to Pew, the Muslim population will more than double in that time period, from 3.45 million in 2017 (1.1 percent of the total population) to ...


Iran Nuclear Agreement

EU to meet Iran to back nuclear deal in message to Trump

European powers will reaffirm on Thursday their support for the Iran nuclear deal that Donald Trump has rejected, EU diplomats said, on the eve of ...


Iran Unrest

How #IranProtests Compare with the 2009 Green Movement

The Green Movement—which continues to live on—wasn’t part of this latest round of demonstrations that commenced on Dec. 28 in the holy city of Mashhad, ...


United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestinian Refugees

Palestinian refugees live in fear of Trump aid cuts

The US is the largest contributor to UNRWA - in 2016, it donated more than $364m to the agency. It also provides the Palestinian Authority - the ...


Qatar Dispute

Qatar seeks arbitration to end Saudi-led blockade

“We have already begun moving internationally to seek arbitration or international courts or UN institutions” to end the blockade, foreign ministry spokeswoman Lulwah ...



Iran Suspends Thousands of Drug-Related Death Sentences After Years of Domestic and International Campaigning

An estimated 4,000 prisoners currently on death row in Iran for drug-related crimes could have their death sentences revoked according to a just-issued judicial order ...


ME Air Traffic

Middle East air travel demand growth slips to lowest in world

New IATA figures show 4.9% regional growth in November compared to global average of 8% ...


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