New Turmoil in Yemen as Separatists Surround Presidential Palace in Aden

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Infighting between forces supported by the Saudi and UAE-led coalition in Yemen to restore power to the legitimate government in Yemen is threatening to derail the larger campaign against the Iran-aligned Houthi rebels, according to reports.

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Yemen Civil War

In Blow to Saudi Plans, Yemen Allies Turn Guns on Each Other

Saudi Arabia’s offensive to restore a friendly government in neighboring Yemen is facing new turmoil, as two forces which have fought on the kingdom’s side ...


Corruption Crackdown

Saudi authorities net $106 billion in corruption settlements

A wide-reaching anti-corruption campaign shrouded in secrecy and intrigue has netted more than $106 billion in financial settlements with 56 people remaining in custody, Saudi ...


Corruption Crackdown

Analysis: Does Saudi Arabia’s anti-corruption drive scare foreign investors?

First of all, by way of background, all the Arabian Gulf countries, including Saudi Arabia, have an excellent track record when it comes to respecting ...


Aramco Investing

Interview: Saudi Aramco’s Asian expansion drive turns to Indian refinery

It runs a refining and petrochemical plant in the Chinese province of Fujian, in partnership with state-owned China Petroleum & Chemical (Sinopec) and U.S. giant Exxon ...


Saudi Aramco IPO

Saudi Aramco indecision shrouds world’s biggest IPO in uncertainty

Indecision at the highest levels of government about Saudi Aramco’s planned IPO is causing frustration among company executives and financial advisers, shrouding what has been ...


Fund Raising

Saudi Arabia to toughen fund-raising rules

Under the draft, anyone found raising funds or promoting a campaign to collect financial contributions in Saudi Arabia without authorisation will be sentenced to a ...


Workforce Regulations

Labor Ministry designates 12 job types as Saudi-only

Khaled Abalkhail, the ministry’s spokesman, said sales activities limited to Saudi employees will include the following categories: Watches, eyewear, medical equipment and devices, electrical and ...


Human Rights

Perspective: Saudi Arabia’s biggest obstacle to progress lies in its systematic human rights violations

Foreign minister al-Jubeir told Davos that “people criticise Saudi Arabia for moving too slowly, now it is moving fast.” What’s vital is that this progress ...


Arts and Culture

Saudi Arabia Is Planning a Massive, New Arts Center

Much of the institute is still in the planning stages. There isn’t a budget or a rendering of the new building, but a team of architecture ...


Saudi National Anti-Corruption Commission

Saudi body: Corruption complaints up 30% in 2017

The Saudi National Anti-Corruption Commission said yesterday that the number of corruption complaints has increased by 30 per cent in 2017 compared to the previous ...


Saudi International Petrochemical Co.

Saudi Sipchem Mulls U.S. Shale Venture in First Foreign Foray

Saudi International Petrochemical Co. is considering investing in the U.S. shale industry in what would be the company’s first foreign venture as it faces higher ...


Marriage in Saudi Arabia

Divorce parties are now a trend in Saudi Arabia

Parties to celebrate divorces have become a trend in the Kingdom as divorced women have become accepted by society. ...



Saudi’s SABIC profits fall, steel business hit by writedowns

Saudi Basic Industries Corp (SABIC), the world’s fourth-biggest petrochemicals company, reported an 18.6 percent drop in fourth-quarter net profit, missing analysts’ forecasts, as sales dropped ...


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Global Oil Markets

Iraq To Comply With OPEC Cuts Despite Lifting Oil Export Capacity

In the OPEC/non-OPEC production restriction deal, Iraq agreed to cut 210,000 bpd off its October 2016 level and cap production at 4.351 million bpd. ...


Iran Unrest

Perspective: The Anger That Fueled the Iran Protests Isn’t Going Away

Neither simply an extension of routine protests, nor a prologue to revolution, what transpired in Iran recently was an extraordinary popular revolt. ...


Iran in the Region

Iran’s Fast Boats Stop Harassing U.S. Navy, Baffling Military

The Iranian military has halted “routine harassment” of U.S. naval vessels in the Persian Gulf, for no discernible reason according to the military. The harassment ...


Gulf E-Commerce

The Looming E-Battle in the Gulf

Discussions between Amazon Web Services and Saudi Arabia to establish a direct presence in the country forecast a broader commercial struggle for control over the ...


Syrian Refugees

In rethinking refuge, draw lessons from Turkey

Although nearly a million more have sought asylum in Europe, the majority of Syrian refugees reside in neighboring states, which have been called upon to shoulder ...



How much does BDS threaten Israel’s economy?

For those BDS supporters aiming for a political outcome, the theory is that exerting pressure on Israel and on Israelis will make the status quo ...



Oman’s Investment and Reform Strategy: “Slow and Go”

There is a palpable anxiety among policy advisors about the impact of austerity, and rather than reversing austerity measures (as Saudi Arabia has done, twice ...


Hijab Protest

Second woman arrested in Tehran for hijab protest

Many Iranians, including men, changed their social media profile pictures to images inspired by Movahed’s protest, and shared a hashtag that translated as “the girl ...


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