Saudi Arabia Announces 9 New Desalination Plants in 18 Months

At a cost of $533 million, the Kingdom hopes to quickly bring on-line new water supplies to satisfy surging demand and “improve the quality of water services” in Saudi Arabia.

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Oil Exports

Oil producers will cooperate beyond 2018, says Saudi Arabia

Global oil producers are in agreement that they should continue cooperating on production after their deal on supply cuts expires at the end of this ...


Travel and Tourism

Tourism key to Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030 plans

The tourism sector is one of the most promising parts of the kingdom’s diversification efforts, and its Vision 2030 plans, with international tourism receipts forecast ...


Debt Finance

Saudi Arabia asks banks for proposals to refinance $10 billion loan, raise more debt

Saudi Arabia has asked banks for proposals to refinance its $10 billion international syndicated loan and to help the sovereign raise funds through other means, ...


Saudi Population

Infographics: Facts and figures on the population of Saudi Arabia

According to the latest figures released by the General Authority for Statistics (GaStat) at the beginning of January, Saudi Arabia’s population grew by 2.52 percent to 32.5 ...


Women's Rights

Women in Saudi Arabia make gains but overall rights remain issue

He has promised to restore "moderate, open" Islam. But headline-grabbing announcements regarding women's rights and freedoms — such as the lifting last summer of the ...


Yemen Civil War

Saudi coalition announces $1.5 billion in aid for Yemen

Saudi Arabia on Monday announced $1.5 billion in new aid for Yemen, where nearly three years of conflict has devastated the local economy and pushed ...


Yemen Civil War

Southern Yemen separatists want Saudi-backed government overthrown

The announcement underscores rising tensions between southern separatists, who are allied with the United Arab Emirates (UAE), and President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi’s government over control ...


Saudi Cinema

Video: Saudi Arabia’s first cinema brand hosts family film festival

The six-day family movie festival, organized with the support of General Entertainment Authority, started at the Jeddah Culture and Arts Society on Friday. Organizers said ...



Saudi Arabia changes its tune on music in public

On the outskirts of Riyadh, at an amusement park on the edge of the desert, there it was: rap music. It’s all part of the ...


Corruption Crackdown

Saudi Graft Settlements May Top $100 Billion as Ritz Empties

Saudi Arabia is winding down an unprecedented and controversial anti-corruption drive that led to dozens of princes and billionaires being detained at the Ritz-Carlton hotel ...



New center to rate Saudi Arabia’s public services

Saudi Arabia’s National Center for Performance Measurement (ADAA) announced the launch of its website and Twitter account on Saturday. ...



Saudi Arabia to build 9 desalination plants on Red Sea

Saudi Arabia plans to build nine desalination plants for more than 2 billion riyals ($530 million) on the Red Sea coast, its environment minister said ...



TRITON/TRISIS Attack Used 0-Day Flaw in its Safety Controller System, and a RAT

Miami – Industrial control systems giant Schneider Electric discovered a zero-day privilege-escalation vulnerability in its Triconex Tricon safety-controller firmware which helped allow sophisticated hackers to ...


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Turkish troops enter Afrin in northern Syria as offensive against Kurds continues

Turkish troops have reportedly entered the Kurdish-held enclave in northern Syria as part of the second day of their offensive alongside Turkish-backed Syrian opposition fighters. ...


Kabul Hotel Attack

Kabul hotel siege ends after 12 hours with 18 dead, Afghan officials say

Gunmen who raided the Intercontinental Hotel in Kabul killed at least 18 people during a 12-hour standoff with security forces that ended Sunday, Afghan authorities ...



Iran may try to loosen Revolutionary Guard’s grip on economy

The comments this weekend by Defense Minister Gen. Amir Hatami appear to be a trial balloon to test the reaction of the idea, long pushed ...


ME Force Posture

Analysis: How Should the Pentagon Reshape Its Mideast Posture? Four Indicators to Watch

The Qatar flap will hardly be the region’s final challenge to U.S., allied and partner interests. In this second piece in a series, we look ...



Commentary: Can the US still rely on Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi?

His coalition announced that he will join forces with Iran-aligned militias that spear the Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF), the umbrella Shiite militia organization established in ...



Mike Pence’s Israel Speech Disrupted By Brawl After Arab Lawmaker Protest

Vice President Mike Pence’s speech to the Israeli parliament was disrupted Monday after Arab lawmakers held up placards and engaged in a brawl with security ...


Qatar Crisis

Gulf Crisis turns Qatar into the ‘Region’s Israel’

Mr. Dershowitz no doubt did Qatar a favour by visiting the country and by coming out in its defense. Comparing Qatar to Israel, however, may ...



OIC ministers warn Yemen could turn into terror haven

The threat posed to the region was raised at a meeting of the OIC's ministerial contact group on Yemen that was held on the sidelines ...



Corruption at 13,000 feet: Afghanistan struggles to maintain the vital Salang Pass

The road that traverses this lofty mountain pass is the only direct route between Kabul and Afghanistan’s northern provinces. Since the age of Alexander the ...


Cyber Attacks

Lebanese Government Hackers Hit Thousands of Victims With Incredibly Simple Campaign

Hackers allegedly working for the government of Lebanon stole hundreds of gigabytes from thousands of victims all over the world, and they did it using ...


Syrian Refugees

Syria conflict: 15 refugees found frozen to death

Lebanon, with a population of four million, has taken in nearly one million Syrians since the war began in 2011. ...


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