Soft Opening for New $7.2 Billion Jeddah Airport Set for May

Jeddah Airport
Jeddah's King Abdulaziz International Airport is set to unveil its long-awaited new look at a soft opening in May, the Jeddah-based Saudi Gazette reports, citing confirmation by the General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA) and the emir of Mecca.

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Maan al-Sanea

Saudi Arabia prepares to auction detained billionaire’s real estate, cars

Saudi authorities are preparing to auction billions of dollars of real estate and cars belonging to billionaire Maan al-Sanea and his company as they look ...


Qatar Crisis

Trump to hold bilateral meetings with Qatar, Saudi, UAE: reports

Several leaders of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) are scheduled to meet US President Donald Trump over the next couple of months, a US official has said. ...


Global Oil Markets

Oil steady after hitting three-week top; Saudis to keep output below cap

Oil steadied around its highest prices in three weeks on Monday, supported by comments from Saudi Arabia that it would continue to curb shipments in ...


Value-Added Tax

Saudi Arabia CPI to reflect VAT

Saudi Arabia’s government is trying to reduce its dependency on oil revenue. Amongst various measures to rebalance its budget it introduced a five per cent ...



Saudi Arabia eyes Indian crude market comeback, new downstream ventures

Falih was in India, the main driver of global oil demand growth in 2017, on a two-day visit to discuss increased Saudi involvement in the ...


Saudi Football

Saudi Soccer Team To Travel To Iraq For Rare International Match

Saudi Arabia’s soccer squad will travel to Iraq for the first match between the two countries’ teams in nearly 40 years. ...


Saudi Nuclear Energy

Saudis recruit legal muscle for leverage in US nuclear negotiations

Saudi Arabia has hired an international law firm specializing in energy regulation in its efforts to extract a favorable agreement on civil nuclear cooperation from ...



Saudi women no longer required prior permission to launch own businesses

The Saudi Ministry of Commerce and Investment has announced that “women can now launch their own businesses and benefit from e-services without having to ...


Female Military Personnel

Want to be a female soldier in Saudi Arabia’s military? Here are the rules

The Saudi Arabian Interior Ministry’s General Security division has started accepting applications of women interested in joining the military as soldiers. ...



Saudi Arabia stages first jazz festival

Men and women swayed to music at Saudi Arabia's first-ever jazz festival during a three-day outdoor event that showcases the Kingdom's recent efforts to shed ...


U.S.-Saudi Relations

Editorial: Will the U.S. Help the Saudis Get a Nuclear Weapon?

The last thing the Middle East needs is another country with the potential to build nuclear weapons. Yet that could happen if the United States ...



It hailed in Saudi Arabia and images and videos of it went viral on social media

On Saturday, the city witnessed a huge hail storm with large pieces of frozen rain falling, hitting cars, roads, and wrecking havoc on highways. ...



GEA: Saudi Arabia Ready to Become a Global Entertainment Hub With More Than 5000 Events Announced

The announcement was made at a special event in Riyadh in the presence of His Excellency Ahmed Bin Aqeel Al Khatib, Chairman of the Board, ...


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Fresh fighting in eastern Ghouta despite UN-ordered ceasefire

Syrian regime forces launched a fresh ground and air offensive on Sunday against rebel positions in the besieged and battered enclave of eastern Ghouta in ...


Iran Unrest

Iran’s president Rouhani pushes economic reforms after mass protests

When Iran’s worst unrest in years broke out in December, the country’s president, Hassan Rouhani, saw a rare chance to push for reform. ...


Iran in the Region

Russia sets stage for U.N. veto of western bid to call out Iran

Russia has laid the groundwork for a likely veto on Monday of a British, U.S. and French bid for the United Nations Security Council to ...


Political Risk

Political Risk 2018: Tensions and Turbulence Ahead

Developments on the North Korean peninsula, ongoing Brexit negotiations, and continued conflict in the Middle East add up to another year in which political risk ...



GCC construction pipeline worth over $2tn

Construction is the largest sector, boasting more than $1tn of big and small projects. Transport is second, with $447bn. Power and energy rank third, with ...


Chinese Drones

At drone fair, Chinese show off armed model likely in UAE

Defense analysts believe that drone, the Wing Loong II, is now being used by the Emirati military while the UAE remains barred from purchasing weaponized ...


M.E. Peace Plan

Nikki Haley says Trump Mideast peace plan is nearly finished

Haley added that U.S. negotiators Jared Kushner and Jason D. Greenblatt are “still going back and forth,” and she gave no more specific timeline. “They’re coming ...


Israel Tax Dispute

Holiest church in Christianity closed in Israel tax dispute

Christian leaders took the rare step on Sunday of closing Jerusalem's Church of the Holy Sepulchre, built where tradition holds Jesus was buried, in protest ...



Construction Begins on Afghanistan Section of International Gas Pipeline

The long-awaited 1,814 kilometer pipeline, known as TAPI, will transport natural gas from the world's fourth-largest reserves in Turkmenistan through Afghanistan to growing economies of ...


Women in the Workforce

Cracking the Glass Ceiling: Gulf Women in Health Care

According to a study, choice of specialty for Saudi female physicians is limited by the prospect of interaction with adult males and availability of training ...


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