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July 10, 2014

In the meantime, Riyadh Municipality officials closed 23 restaurants in the capital for violating health regulations.
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Security officers in Saudi Arabia have arrested nearly 2,200 foreign workers in Madinah and Hail and Baha this month for allegedly violating the country’s residency and labor regulations.
Saudi authorities deployed some 30,000 troops earlier this month along the border with Iraq (File/AFP)
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Saudi's Border Guards said said the country's southern divide was secure from smugglers and infiltrators despite security concerns with Iraq in the north.

July 9, 2014

However food waste is not unique to Saudi Arabia, low income and developed countries face problems in waste.
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Saudi Arabia is the world’s top food importer, and also rated as one of the worst wasters.
The source, who opted not to be named, said a surefire reason for inclusion on the blacklist is physical abuse and sexual harassment against their housemaids.
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The recruitment application of any Saudi who has a history of maltreating Filipino housemaids would never be accepted.

July 8, 2014

Saudi Arabia deployed over 30,000 troops to the border with Iraq as a precaution against ISIL militants (File/AFP)
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A number of shells landed in the Saudi Arabian region of Arar as the kingdom stepped up security along the border with Iraq.
The search for gas has been a priority for Saudi Arabia as it struggles to keep pace with rapidly rising domestic demand.
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Royal Dutch Shell is ending investments in a gas development project in Saudi Arabia, complicating the top oil exporter’s efforts to exploit its huge gas reserves.

July 7, 2014


A total of 10 consortiums are vying for the first phase of the project involving civil works.
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"We have asked them to submit their bids for this project. We intend to sign the contract with the winning bidders in early October," he said.
Another reason for the slowdown may be that households balance sheets are stretched after a surge in consumer borrowing over the past few years.
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In the first quarter, growth in all three sectors that relied on cheap foreign labor — construction, retail and transport — slowed markedly from a year ago.

July 6, 2014

Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif did invite Saudi's Foreign Minister to visit Tehran in his commentary.
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Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif told the country's state news agency this week that despite rumors, Tehran has not ever had plans to visit Saudi Arabia.

July 5, 2014

Saudi security forces patrol Riyadh’s al-Munissiyah district in 2006. (AFP)
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Two suicide bombers blew themselves up inside a government building in Saudi Arabia Saturday after being surrounded by security forces, Al-Arabiya reported.

July 4, 2014

Buoyed by a growing population of both locals and expats, the total number of schools in the region is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 2.4 per cent from 2013 to 2020.
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However, the sector also faces a number of challenges such as the shortage of skilled teachers and regulation of fees that obstruct the growth of the education industry in the long term.

July 3, 2014

Tension amounts in the Middle East as 30,000 Saudi troops were deployed to the country's border with Iraq (Image: Middle East Monitor)
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Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah said all necessary measures were being taken against "terrorist threats" on Thursday while 30,000 soldiers were deployed to the borders with Iraq.

July 2, 2014

The new complex will create significant value to Ma’aden shareholders.
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The estimated cost of the project is approximately SR28 billion ($7.5 billion), and production at the new facility is expected to commence in late 2016.
KSA, the UAE and Kuwait are strong allies of Egypt's president, Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi (File/AFP)
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Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Kuwait released 152 Egyptian prisoners as a goodwill gesture for Ramadan.
A preliminary Reuters poll estimated a decline of 2.3 million barrels.
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Brent oil held steady above $112 per barrel as upbeat manufacturing data in China pointed to demand growth while conflicts in Iraq and Ukraine continued to underpin supply concerns.

July 1, 2014

There are 204 domestic Haj companies serving the local pilgrims. Around 60 percent of them transport their pilgrims on Saudia's domestic flights.
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Saudia had refused to respond to the requests of the domestic Haj companies for meetings to discuss the problems they had been experiencing," he said.
The advertisement targets Saudi investors and invites them to apply for Canadian and Greek citizenship through an investment program.
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A Canadian immigration company has, in violation of Saudi citizenship laws, posted an advertisement on the newspapers encouraging Saudi citizens to apply for Greek and Canadian citizenship, Makkah daily reported.
The aid will be distributed via the United Nations. (AFP/File)
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Saudi Arabia pledged $500 million in humanitarian aid to Iraq Tuesday.
Saudis and expats have welcomed the move to close retail shops at 9 p.m., saying it would have a positive impact on social life and productivity.
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The higher committee for regulating the working hours of retail shops has completed a draft law that will force all shops and sales outlets across the Kingdom to work anywhere between 6 a.m. and 9 p.m.
Ramadan has begun and so has the intense TV show watching!
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Muslims might be fasting and all that jazz, but some deem the Ramadan dramas promote decadence instead.
Accommodation at five-star hotels skyrockets to anywhere between SR31,000 to SR40,000 for a 10-day period near the end of Ramadan.
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Travel operators in Riyadh will increase the prices of weekend Umrah packages from SR90 ($23) per head to SR160 ($42) from Wednesday thanks to the influx of pilgrims during Ramadan.

June 30, 2014

The Saudi banking system capitalized on reforms implemented during the financial crisis and posted record profits in 2013.
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Evidently, the extended maturity will provide a pricing benchmark for longer-tenor sukuk and energize an alternative venue for financing infrastructure projects.
The regulations will be issued before the end of the year and a six-month grace period for its implementation will be put in place.
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A high commission set up to develop the regulations ensuring retailers close at 9 p.m. has completed its task.

June 29, 2014

Since the 70’s, crude oil is not allowed to be shipped outside the country, but that is about to change.
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Whether the decision allowing the export of ultralight, condensate, marks the beginning of the end of the ban on American crude oil exports or not is being debated ferociously within the energy fraternity.
King Abdullah condemned "misguided persons" during the Ramadan speech (File/AFP)
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King Abdullah said Saudi Arabia would fight extremists and that terrorists "are not related to Islam," during a Ramadan speech in the Kingdom.
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Human Rights Organizations and news reports recently have blasted Gulf countries over the mistreatment and exploitation of low-wage expat workers

June 28, 2014

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HRW has strongly slammed Saudi Arabian authorizes for hacking into the mobile phones of dissidents to obtain data on anti-regime protests.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry (L) talks to Saudi Arabia's Foreign Minister Prince Saud al-Faisal. (Arnd Wiegmann/AFP)
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U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry spoke with Saudi leaders in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, Friday, seeking their support for an inclusive government in Iraq.