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Saudi-Egypt

Crown prince signs $10 billion deal on mega-city during Cairo visit

Egypt has committed more than 1,000 square kilometres (386 square miles) of land in the southern Sinai Peninsula to a planned mega-city and business zone ...

 

Saudi Aramco IPO

Saudi Arabia reform efforts, Aramco IPO may be complicated by Fed rate hikes

Saudi Arabia, in the midst of transforming its economy and poised for a public offering of its state-owned oil company, could be vulnerable to Federal ...

 

Debt Finance

Saudi Arabia raises size of 2016 syndicated loan to $16bn

The kingdom plans to borrow about $31bn this year to bridge an expected budget deficit of $52bn ...

 

Economy

Record Slide in Saudi Loans to Companies Poses Risk to Recovery

Saudi bank lending to private companies shrank for an 11th month in January, the longest stretch in at least two decades, underscoring the challenge facing ...

 

Dammam No. 7

PICTURES: How a Saudi Bedouin helped discover Saudi Arabia’s first oil well 80 years ago

Exactly 80 years ago, in March of 1938, a Saudi Bedouin named Khamis bin Rimthan helped an American petroleum geologist to find the kingdom’s first ...

 

Saudi Change

Commentary: The kingdom’s women can now drive, join the military, visit sports arenas and cinemas – with other changes planned

Slowly a view is taking hold that real change is taking place in a kingdom renowned for resistance to anything new. ...

 

Women in Sports

‘Al-Ahsa Runs,’ first marathon for women in Saudi Arabia

Hundreds of women runners, many of them dressed in traditional Islamic attire, raced in eastern Al Ahsa region on Saturday. ...

 

Labor

Restructure of Saudi Arabia’s job market picks up speed

Thanks to two new economic policies approved last month, an uplift for the country’s lagging private sector economy is on the cards. ...

 

Nadia Bakhurji

The story behind Saudi Arabia’s most famous female architect

Today, her best-known work is in the form of palaces in Riyadh and major community development projects. She continues to work for major brands and ...

 

Holocaust Discussion

Top rabbi praises ‘refreshing’ Saudi remarks on ‘horrors of Holocaust’

Describing the remarks as “refreshing,” Rabbi Pinchas tells Al Arabiya English how they were received in Europe. ...

 

Red Sea Islands

Egypt top court waives legal challenges to Red Sea islands transfer to Saudi

The Supreme Court ruled that no other court had jurisdiction over the matter, blocking two opposing verdicts – one by the Supreme Administrative Court, which ...

 

Yemen Civil War

Saudi-led airstrikes hit Houthi positions in Yemen’s Sanaa

Saudi-led coalition carried out 10 airstrikes against positions controlled by the Shiite Houthi group in Yemen's capital Sanaa on Sunday, residents told Xinhua. ...

 

Energy

Poor Performing Cars to Blame for Soaring Fuel Consumption

The statistics show road transport is responsible for almost a quarter of Saudi Arabia’s energy use, with 22 percent of energy use in the Kingdom ...

 

Saudi-Lebanon

Lebanon’s Prime Minister Posts Smiling Selfie With Saudi Crown Prince, Saudi Ambassador to the U.S.

So it bewildered some when, on Friday, during another visit to Riyadh, Mr. Hariri tweeted a grinning selfie, posing alongside Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman ...

 

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Regional and related topics

Syria

Assad vows to press Ghouta assault, as civilians flee government advances

The government is pressing on despite Western calls for it to abide by a 30-day, countrywide ceasefire demanded by the U.N. Security Council. ...

 

M.E. Conflict

Mideast braces for war: Israel vs. Iran-backed Hezbollah

Syria is facing a new turn in its civil war, and Hezbollah militants haven't shown this much anticipation at the possibility of a conflict with ...

 

Lebanon

It Could Be Crunch Time for World’s Third Most-Indebted Country

The problem for Lebanon, the world’s third most-indebted country, is that it’s starting to look more like Greece financially. And if Greece’s survival as part ...

 

Energy

Commentary: New technologies will fuel surging US oil production

While scores of exploration and production companies went bankrupt and more than 200,000 American energy industry workers lost their jobs, some resourceful producers figured out ...

 

U.S.-Israel

Trump-Netanyahu meeting is chance to project common front vs. Iran

U.S. President Donald Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu hold talks on Monday that offer a chance to project a common front against Iran ...

 

Yemen

Yemenis across Houthi-held Sanaa protest against gas shortage

Yemenis across rebel-held Sanaa protested on Sunday against a severe gas shortage caused by additional taxes implemented by the Houthis on fuel tankers. ...

 

Mueller Investigation

Mueller probe looking at possible influence of UAE adviser on Trump admin policy: report

Special counsel Robert Mueller's team of investigators is looking into whether an adviser to the de facto leader of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has ...

 

Syria

Turkey tightens grip on Syrian Kurdish enclave

Turkey’s prime minister says Turkish troops have captured a strategic village in the Kurdish-held enclave in northwestern Syria, tightening the grip on the area in ...

 

Turkey

Turkey’s New Foreign Policy Is Hostage-Taking

Turkish hostage-taking has become one of the most pressing problems in relations between Ankara and its Western allies. It is something that everyone knows is ...

 

Afghanistan

US, Afghan leaders agree on peace push, Taliban don’t

Despite U.S. support, the Afghan government’s surprising new peace offer to the Taliban is immediately running into a wall. The insurgents show no sign of ...

 

Kushner Companies

Jared Kushner’s Real-Estate Firm Sought Money Directly From Qatar Government Weeks Before Blockade

A balloon payment due in 2018 on the badly underwater property at 666 Fifth Avenue has been a ticking clock on the fortunes of the ...

 

Iraq

Iraq increases taxes amid public discontent

The Iraqi government sent to parliament a revised version of the 2018 budget bill for the fourth time Feb. 11. The budget proposal includes a new 10% tax ...

 

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