Development on Jeddah Tower and Surrounding Economic City Moves Forward After Alwaleed’s Release

Kingdom Tower Jeddah
Construction of what is planned to be the world's tallest skyscraper in Jeddah is going ahead following the release of Saudi Arabia's Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, the head of the consortium behind the $1.5 billion project said.

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Saudi Stock Market

Saudi exchange ‘aims to dominate Arabian Gulf markets’

The Saudi stock exchange, based in Riyadh, is already the biggest market in the Middle East by market capitalization and trading volumes, but lags well ...


Religious Police

‘Defanged’ Saudi religious police bring relief, foreboding

But even without the right to arrest, the religious police are not entirely powerless. They now typically work in tandem with the security services and ...



Janadriyah festival showcases Saudi Arabia’s rich heritage

Inaugurated by King Salman on Wednesday with the traditional camel race and operetta marking the opening ceremony, the 18-day festival encourages Saudis to celebrate their ...



Mohammed bin Salman: Saudi Arabia’s great young reformer may struggle to control the forces he has unleashed

His ideas are wildly popular in a country where 70 per cent of the 80 million strong population is under 30. Young people in the ...


Health and Fitness

Saudi Arabia to ban tobacco usage imposing fines up to $1,300

Informed sources said that the Saudi National Committee for Tobacco Control is in the process of imposing fines of up to $1,300 ( SAR 5,000) ...


Shipping and Transportation

Revealing the full scale of Saudi mega-yard IMI

Partners in the joint venture are all leaders in their field: Saudi Aramco (51.1%) is the world’s largest energy company. Bahri, with 19.9% controls the ...


Journalist Jailed

Saudi journalist jailed for accusing royal court over corruption

Saleh al-Shehi, who writes for al-Watan, the daily paper, was sentenced to five years in prison followed by a five-year travel ban for insulting the ...


Women's Rights

Saudi Arabia Feminist Activist Detained as Country Claims It Is Increasing Women’s Rights

Human rights activist Noha al-Balawi, who is based in Tabuk, Saudi Arabia, has been held in detention for 17 days and could be imprisoned for ...


Sports IPO

Saudi Arabia’s Leejam Sports seeks approval for stock market listing -sources

The listing is the latest in what is expected to be a busy pipeline of public share sales in the kingdom, encouraged by a government ...



160-mln-year-old Saudi mountain serves as oil reservoir, tourist destination

A series of mountains located 35 kilometers away from Riyadh is the latest geological site reeling in visitors in the kingdom. ...



Saudi Arabia letting Israel use its airspace marks major policy shift

News of Saudi Arabia potentially easing its airspace regulations may add concrete evidence to reports of the country's warming ties to Israel. ...


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Qatar Dispute

Is America’s Balancing Act in the Gulf Sustainable?

As the ongoing dispute between Qatar and Arab countries including Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates enters its eighth month, the U.S. ...


Iran in the Region

Iran-backed Iraqi militias step up threat of violence against US forces in Iraq

With ISIS militarily defeated, Iran’s militia allies in Iraq are increasingly threatening violence against American troops and calling for the US withdrawal from the country. ...


Block 9

How a disputed oil and gas field could be the last straw for Israel and Lebanon

Lebanon and Israel are caught up in a maritime border dispute over a triangular area of sea that makes up about 860 square kilometers (approximately ...


Iran Nuclear Agreement

EU could impose blocking regulations if U.S. pulls out of Iran deal

The European Union could put in place regulations to protect its firms doing business in Iran if the United States withdraws from the 2015 nuclear ...


Oil Futures

How China Is About to Shake Up the Oil Futures Market

China, the world’s biggest oil buyer, is opening a domestic market to trade futures contracts. It’s been planning one for years, only to encounter delays. ...



Syria war: Assault on besieged Eastern Ghouta kills 200 in four days

Four days of intense Syrian government strikes on a besieged rebel-held area outside Damascus are reported to have killed more than 200 civilians. ...



In wake of protests, Iranian officials call for large turnout to mark revolution

The rallies are an important opportunity for Iran's leadership to demonstrate the popularity of the Islamic Republic to both domestic and foreign critics. ...



Indian PM embarks on Mideast tour, to engage in “temple diplomacy”

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi left for a four-day tour to the Middle East on Friday, which will bring an Indian premier to Palestine for ...


Turkey Summit

Turkey says to host Syria summit with Russia, Iran

Putin had already hosted a similar summit with his Turkish and Iranian counterparts in the Black Sea resort of Sochi in November. ...


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