Trump talks to Saudi Crown Prince on Iran, oil

Trump talks to Saudi Crown Prince on Iran, oil

:: US President Donald Trump spoke on Friday to Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman about Middle East stability and the oil market, the White House said, after tensions with Iran prompted More »

Iran will not wage war against any nation, says Iranian president

Iran will not wage war against any nation, says Iranian president

:: Iran will not wage war against any nation, Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani said on Tuesday in a speech broadcast live on state TV. Fears of a confrontation between Iran and the More »

China calls on US to stop ‘extreme pressure’ on Iran

China calls on US to stop ‘extreme pressure’ on Iran

:: China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi warned on Tuesday that the world should not open a “Pandora’s Box” in the Middle East, as he denounced US pressure on Iran and called on More »

King Salman receives dignitaries in Jeddah

King Salman receives dignitaries in Jeddah

:: A number of princes, ministers, scholars and a group of citizens called on King Salman at Al-Salam Palace in Jeddah to greet him. The reception began with the recitation of verses More »

Saudi Arabia King Salman orders use of official terminology for persons with disabilities

Saudi Arabia King Salman orders use of official terminology for persons with disabilities

:: Saudi Arabia’s King Salman has urged all government agencies to adopt the term “persons with disabilities” in all official communications and media statements. The directive came after a recommendation by the More »


400 villages cut off by floods

JAZAN — The recent rains and floods in Jazan have cut electricity and communications from more than 400 border villages and hamlets in the region. Civil Defense spokesman Maj. Yahya Bin Abdullah Al-Qahtani said three people were rescued and 13

Health education not PE for schoolgirls

The Ministry of Education has pre-empted opposition to its recent decision to allow physical education (PE) to be taught at girls’ schools by replacing the sports curriculum with theoretical lessons about female health-related issues. Sources at the ministry said that

SR1 million goes missing from account of chamber

A member of a local chamber of commerce in the country recently discovered the disappearance of SR1 million from the chamber’s accounts. The member also said that a SR50,000 bonus was given to another member without the approval of the

GCC, Germany seek new strategic horizons

Abdel Aziz Aluwaisheg

By: ABDEL AZIZ ALUWAISHEG   I write this week from Berlin, where I took part in the GCC-Germany Economic and Business Forum. The event was organized by the Gulf Research Center and the Arab-German Chamber of Commerce and Industry. Several

The wild world of insurance companies

By: ABDEL AZIZ ALUWAISHEG When dealing with insurance companies in Saudi Arabia, you get an impression that they still maintain the same posture as when they operated before insurance was legalized in 2003. It should not be surprising, however; as

Arab Spring economics, more than 3 years later

By: ABDEL AZIZ ALUWAISHEG Earlier this month, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) released a lengthy study on the economic repercussions of “Arab Spring.” The study examines the economies of Egypt, Jordan, Morocco, Yemen, Tunisia, and Libya and concludes that the

Two choices for Modi’s India

By : Syed Aijaz Zaka For someone who has seldom missed an opportunity to tear into Pakistan and Bangladesh, accusing the Congress government of being ‘soft on the terrorists,’ (“They are killing Bharat Mata’s sons on the border and you

Other Side of the Mirror: Good man walking

By: BIKRAM VOHRA I hate walking. My wife is a walker. She has converted one daughter into a walker and is working on the second. I have resisted it for ten years. If human being were made to walk they

Council to resolve family disputes proposed

The Ministry of Justice has proposed setting up a special council to resolve family disputes, including cases involving divorce, drug abuse and other social problems. The council would oversee dispute resolution across all government departments, the ministry said in its

Makkah mega project unveiled

The government plans to spend SR160 billion over the next 20 years to expand Makkah with a new residential area for 800,000 people. The Makkah Gate project was unveiled Wednesday in Jeddah by Osama Al-Bar, the mayor of Makkah, and

Uphold Kingdom’s global status as ‘cradle of Islam’

Deputy Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques Prince Salman has called for greater efforts to strengthen Saudi role in the 57-member Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC). Prince Salman made this comment while hosting Mohammed bin Ahmed Tayeb, the Kingdom’s permanent

Celestial treat: Don’t miss meteor shower tonight

An unprecedented meteor shower will light up Saudi skies late Friday night, going into the wee hours of Saturday. The meteor shower will be visible across the Gulf states. “As many as 200 celestial bodies may be rushing to the

Riyadh, Manila spur efforts to resolve recruitment issues

Matters related to the recruitment of Filipino workers, including maids, nurses and technicians, topped the agenda of the Saudi-Philippine Business Council, which recently met in Manila, said Saad Al-Baddah, head of the Saudi delegation. “We discussed several important issues of

Saudi hero saves 2 children from fire

A Saudi who works at the Civil Defense Department in Riyadh has been honored for his efforts to save the lives of two children from a fire that broke out at a gas station in Saleel, 575 kilometers southeast of

Shisha cafe culture may spread MERS faster

The shisha cafe culture may further exacerbate the spread of the coronavirus in Saudi Arabia and other Middle East countries, said a senior physiology professor at King Saud University (KSU) on Wednesday. Sultan Ayoub Meo, professor and consultant at KSU’s

SMS joins battle against MERS

The Health Ministry sent out thousands of SMSes on Thursday as part of its awareness program to contain the spread of the MERS coronavirus, which has infected over 500 people in the Kingdom. Acting Health Minister Adel Fakeih launched a

Jeddah airport to install more AC units

Jeddah’s King Abdulaziz International Airport will be equipped with new air conditioning units to cool travelers during the scorching summer months. Authorities have stepped up efforts to provide additional cooling facilities, in addition to upgrading existing air conditioners at the

Asir seeks investors for souvenir shops

Tourism experts and economists have urged investors to place their money in souvenir shops in Asir because they could make returns of between 30 and 100 percent. Muhammad Al-Ammra, director of the Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities (SCTA) in

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