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Saudi Arabia tests Japan-inspired ‘nap pods’ for Hajj

AFP | Mansour al-Amer swipes a card to reveal a narrow sleep pod, reminiscent of Japan's famed capsule hotels. But this pod is in Saudi...

Pilgrims descend on Mecca for ‘smart hajj’

AFP | Two million Muslims gather in Saudi Arabia this week for the hajj as the annual pilgrimage becomes increasingly hi-tech with apps to help...

Who can benefit from Saudi-Canadian spat?

Simran Shoaib | Bearing witness to the Saudi-Canadian spat over the case of human rights of diplomacy prevailing via a tweet from Canada, analysts assess...

Saudi Arabia expels Canadian Ambassador and halted trade with immediate effect

News Analysis |  Saudi Arabia has declared Canadian ambassador as persona non grata, giving him 24 hours to leave the country. The move came as...

Woman may face Saudi sex charge and jail for hugging pop...

AFP | A woman may face charges under a new harassment law in Saudi Arabia after storming a stage to hug a pop star, authorities...

Xinjiang: Pan-Turkism fuels China’s hearts-and-minds campaign

Dr. James M. Dorsey | Chinese efforts to woo Saudi Arabia’s ethnic Chinese community highlight the People’s Republic’s effort to avert criticism from the Muslim...

Saudi Arabia, Oman sites added to UNESCO World Heritage List

News Desk | UNESCO added Saudi Arabia's Al-Ahsa Oasis and Oman's ancient city of Qalhat to its World Heritage List on Friday, the world cultural...

Saudi women rev up motorbikes as end to driving ban nears

AFP | Even a year ago, it would have been hard to imagine -- Saudi women clad in skinny jeans and Harley-Davidson T-shirts, revving motorbikes...

First Saudi women get driving licences

AFP | Saudi Arabia on Monday began issuing its first driving licences to women in decades, state media reported. "The first group of women today received...

Saudi Crown Prince calls Iranian leader “Hitler” of Middle East

News Analysis | At a time when the Middle East is in the middle of a severe rivalry between Saudi Arabia and Iran, Saudi Arabia's...

Lebanon asks western powers to help with PM Hariri’s release from...

Reuters | Lebanon believes Saad al-Hariri, who resigned as prime minister on Saturday while in Saudi Arabia, is being held by Riyadh, and Beirut plans to work...

Saudi-UAE moves hint at willingness to engage with Iran

James M. Dorsey | Recent moves by Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates suggest that the two Gulf states may be looking for ways...

Playing both sides against the middle: Saudi Arabia engages with Iraqi...

James M. Dorsey | Saudi Arabia, with the Islamic State on the ropes in Iraq, is forging ties to Iraqi Shiite leaders and offering to...

US moves against Iran raise spectre of wider regional conflict

James M. Dorsey | US President Donald J. Trump. in a step that could embolden Saudi Arabia to move ahead with plans to destabilize Iran,...

Iran minister warns Saudi Arabian prince about getting into ‘battles’

Iran will hit back at most of Saudi Arabia with the exception of Islam's holiest places if the kingdom does anything "ignorant", Tehran's defense...

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