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Saudi oil shipment halt: A potential watershed in the Yemen war

James M. Dorsey | A spike in oil prices as a result of a temporary halt in shipments through the strategic Bab el Mandeb strait may be...

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...

Saudis probe woman TV presenter over ‘indecent’ dress

News Desk | Saudi authorities have launched a probe after a female TV presenter wore "indecent" clothes while reporting on the end of a decades-long...

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...

Saudi Arabia’s drone scare might have really been a coup attempt

Andrew Korybko | Nobody seems to believe Saudi Arabia’s official explanation that the extended gunfire that reportedly took place near the royal palace over the...

Saudi Arabia urged not to turn Iraq into ‘cold war’ front...

AFP | Saudi Arabia should avoid turning Iraq into a "battleground in a cold war" with its regional rival Tehran, the International Crisis Group said...

Israel pulls out of race for UN Security Council seat

AFP | Israel dropped out Friday of a race for a Security Council seat in 2019 and 2020 following a campaign by Arab states at...

U.S forces deployed to assist Saudi Arabia for countering Houthi threat

News Analysis | The US support for Arab military coalition, currently carrying out bombing sorties over the Houthi rebels in Yemen, has moved passed the...

Saudi Arabia: It was a “Toy Drone” and not a Coup

News Analysis | Massive gun bursts were heard by Saudi residents living near Royal Palaces in Riyadh on Saturday evening, leading to speculations of an...

Cinema makes return to Saudi Arabia

AFP | Saudi Arabia hosted its first public film screening in over 35 years on Friday, two days after US movie giant AMC unveiled the...

Saudi women’s fitness centre shut over ‘indecent’ video

AFP | Saudi sports authorities shut down a female fitness centre in Riyadh Friday over a contentious promotional video that appeared to show a woman...

The first ever ‘Arab Fashion Week’ in Saudi Arabia

News Desk | Saudi Arabia is hosting its first fashion week in Riyadh, as designers from across the region are participating in the four-day event...

Saudi prince’s globe-trotting adventure

AFP | Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman pursues in France next week his first world tour as heir to the throne of his...

Israel has ‘right’ to its land: Crown Prince Salman

AFP | The crown prince and de facto leader of Saudi Arabia said Israel has a "right" to a homeland, a notable shift in the...

From oil to solar power: Saudi Arabia plans a shift to...

AFP | Saudi engineers whip up a simulated sandstorm to test a solar panel's durability at a research lab, the heart of the oil-rich kingdom's...

Doubts arise on Saudi claims of Houthi missile interception?

News Analysis | Experts have raised questions about Saudi claims of shooting down Houthi missiles - Doha based Al Jazeera reports. Earlier Saudi authorities claimed...

Saudis in search of energy alternatives

Dr. Zafar Nawaz Jaspal | Saudi Arabia has been exploring various options to sustain and endure its energy security. Recently, it announced to improve its...

Saudi Crown Prince’s first visit to US

News Analysis | Muhammad Bin Salman (MBS), the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia, came to the US on Monday for his first ever visit to the...

The Cold War between Iran and Saudi Arabia

AFP | Relations between Middle East heavyweights Iran and Saudi Arabia have been fraught for decades as they spar over regional influence and religion. Each...

Gulf crisis shows separation of sports and politics unlikely

James M Dorsey | The Gulf crisis that has pitted World Cup host Qatar against a United Arab Emirates-Saudi Arabia-led alliance for the past eight...

Pakistan’s “train and advise” mission reverses its power relations with Saudi...

Andrew Korybko | Pakistan decided to dispatch troops to Saudi Arabia in order to “train and advise” its military. The news broke late last week and...

Saudi Arabia expands entertainment industry

News Desk | Ahmad bin Aqeel Al-Khatib, head of General Entertainment Authority announced Saudi Arabia's ambitious plans to invest $64 billion in the entertainment industry...

Saudi Fashion Week part of reform agenda to lure investors

News Analysis | The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) announced to host its first ever Arab fashion week in the country as it seeks to...

Saudi Crown Prince’s limitations on putting the genie back in the...

James M Dorsey | Valentine’s Day in Riyadh and Islamabad as well as parts of Indonesia and Malaysia puts into sharp relief Saudi Arabia’s ability...

Saudi Arabia persuades Lindsay Lohan to star in its first all-women...

News Desk | Lindsay Lohan recently made an interesting announcement that soon she would be shooting for an all-women movie in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia and...

Saudi women attend first public event with their families

James M Dorsey | Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman will be putting his best foot forward when enthusiastic women soccer fans this week attend...

What’s behind the Sharifs’ trip to Saudi?

News Desk | Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif left for Saudi Arabia on Tuesday in the midst of corruption allegations and political turmoil. He is...

Saudi king, Turkey PM discuss Jerusalem status at talks

AFP | Saudi King Salman and Turkey's premier on Wednesday discussed boosting ties and the status of Jerusalem, in a first high-level meeting since the...

Saudi Arabia uses international chess tournament to polish tarnished image

James M Dorsey | Saudi Arabia’s hosting of an international chess tournament focuses attention on the fundamental problem wreaking havoc in international sports governance and shines a...

Why Prince Al-Waleed is refusing to kow tow to Mohammad bin...

James M Dorsey | Incarcerated for almost two months in a gilded cage in Riyadh’s luxurious Ritz Carlton Hotel, Saudi billionaire businessman Prince Al-Waleed bin Talal appears...

Coalition raids hit Yemen rebels after missile targets Riyadh

AFP | The Saudi-led coalition conducted multiple air raids in Yemen on Wednesday, a day after Huthi rebels fired a ballistic missile at Riyadh in...

Will ‘vision 2030’ prove to be a savior for the ailing...

Najma Minhas | The last couple of years have been testing times for the Saudi Arabian economy. Middle East’s “Desert Kingdom” has relied exclusively upon...

PIA turns down bid to sell Roosevelt Hotel

News Analysis | Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi has announced that PIA’s crown jewel, the Roosevelt Hotel in Manhattan, New York, will not be sold....

Saudi-Emirati chest thumping proves that their alliance is a paper tiger

Andrew Korybko | An Emirati official called for the Saudi-led anti-terrorist coalition to bomb Al Jazeera. Dubai’s security chief Lieutenant General Dhahi Khalfan said that the...

Saudi Arabia’s Lebanon gamble may pay off

James M. Dorsey | Time will tell, but Saudi Arabia’s gamble to pressure Hezbollah, the Iranian-backed, Lebanese Shiite militia, by forcing Saad Hariri, the country’s...

Only in Saudi: Jihadists go to ‘5-star’ rehab centre

AFP | With its indoor swimming pool, sun-splashed patios and liveried staff, the Saudi complex has the trappings of a five-star resort, but it...

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