Another Opening for Saudi Women as Government OKs Women in Security Forces

Saudi’s General Security division announced that soldier rank positions will be available for Saudi women in several different regions of the country, as the Kingdom continues opening up new professions for Saudi women.

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Saudis promised double the fun in drive to lure back tourist dollars

Saudi Arabia will stage more than 5,000 shows, festivals and concerts in 2018, double the number of last year, as it tries to shake off ...


Saudi Cinema

Saudis teem with excitement ahead of cinema opening

“There are 10 malls ready for cinemas currently in the country. They are just waiting for the cinema licences,” Mohammad Al Alawi, chairman of the ...



Saudi Arabia on a mission to unfold its archaeological treasures

As many as 35 joint archaeological missions are bringing together Saudi archaeologists and others from around the world to search for undiscovered historical treasures. Each ...



BAE ‘poised to land Saudi Typhoon deal’

Charles Woodburn, chief executive of Britain’s biggest defence company, said that the prospects of new orders were “as good as I have seen in the ...


Transparency International

Saudi Arabia Climbs Five Rankings in Transparency International’s 2017 Corruption Index

According to data released by the global anti-corruption organization on Tuesday, Saudi Arabia's overall score is 49 out of a 100. Among Arab countries, Saudi ...



Saudi Arabia minister tells Germany it will find weapons elsewhere

Saudi Arabia is not dependent on Germany for its arms and will find other suppliers, Foreign Minister Adel al Jubair said. It comes after Germany ...



MiSK, Virgin Hyperloop One create program to train Saudi engineers

Prince Muhammad Bin Salman Foundation (MiSK) and Virgin Hyperloop One announced on Thursday an internship program for Saudi engineering students in the US from June ...


Jeddah Tower

Photos: The world’s tallest future skyscraper?

Kingdom Holding Company, the development firm behind Jeddah Economic City, is billing it as a city of the future. Designed by HOK Architects, the city ...



Saudi Arabia frees nine Iranian fisherman detained two years ago

Saudi Arabia has freed nine Iranian fishermen detained two years ago, Iranian state TV said on Thursday but a tenth fisherman was killed in the ...


Travel and Tourism

Emirates teams up with comedian Badr Saleh for Saudi campaign videos

Campaign stars comedian Badr Saleh and draws on experiences that almost every Saudi traveller can relate to ...


MSCI Inclusion

MSCI decision on Saudi Arabia to be independent of Aramco listing: executive

Global index compiler MSCI’s impending decision on whether to upgrade Saudi Arabia to emerging market status will be independent of the stock market’s ability to ...


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U.S. MENA Exports

U.S. Exports to MENA Region a “Mixed Bag” in 2017

The overall trend in the region was downward, with MENA’s biggest markets for U.S. goods – the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia – each ...


Qatar Dispute

Qatar Feud Over Terrorism and Islam Confounds U.S.

Persian Gulf neighbors are estranged over how to confront Islamic radicalism. Resolution would strike a blow for moderation. ...


Anti-ISIS Campaign

Trump Administration Ready to Scrap Envoy to Anti-ISIS Coalition

The Trump administration plans to scrap a special envoy position that coordinates the campaign against the Islamic State, a move that has raised concerns of ...



Small drones in the Middle East have become a $330 million problem

The threat of small unmanned aerial systems overseas – especially in Iraq and Syria – has been a key focus of top leaders from across ...


U.S. Media

Commentary: Gulf states lack media clout in the US

As things stand, Saudi Arabia and its Gulf allies, including my own homeland the UAE, are in no position to push back against the scurrilous, ...



Hopes for Syria ceasefire fade as Russia opposes UN deal

After two weeks of negotiations, Russia on Thursday told the UN Security Council that there was still no agreement on a 30-day ceasefire in Syria, ...


Syria Civil War

Putin ally said to be in touch with Kremlin, Assad before his mercenaries attacked U.S. troops

The intercepted communications show not only that Prigozhin was personally involved in planning the attack but that he had discussed it with senior Syrian officials, ...


Russia in the Region

Russian Policy Across the Middle East

Russia considers better relations with Middle Eastern countries a means to avoid international isolation, to compensate for the negative effects of international sanctions and to ...


War in Yemen

Analysis: Saudi Arabia and the UAE are gobbling up Yemen

The kingdom appears to be carving a new corridor to the coast. Meanwhile, the UAE’s actions in Yemen appear part of a larger strategy to ...


Persian Artifacts

Supreme Court forbids seizure of ancient Persian artifacts

The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday ruled that Americans injured in a 1997 suicide bombing in Jerusalem cannot seize ancient Persian artifacts from a Chicago ...


Eastern Mediterranean

Curb Your Enthusiasm

On Monday, Israel and Egypt finally inked a $15 billion agreement to export natural gas from a pair of Israeli offshore fields to energy-starved Egypt, ...



Six factors driving Iran’s sudden currency devaluation

A major and unexpected devaluation of the rial on the free currency market has taken many in Iran by surprise. Analysis of the behavior patterns ...


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