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The Swissotel, Movenpick Hajar Tower and Mecca Clock Royal Tower Hotels in Mecca. (
12:24 GMT
Continuing its drive to create more job opportunities for Saudi citizens, the labor ministry is setting a new goal for Mecca's hotels and tourist resorts.
Beautiful Balqees and her gorgeous hubby. (Instagram)
11:57 GMT
Congratulations are in order for the 27-year-old singer.
Shop rents have dropped from SR3,000 to SR500 per month. (File photo)
10:00 GMT
As the deadline for the Saudization of the telecoms industry approaches, the closing of shops has led to a steep fall in rents.
A Loyalist soldier observes the crowd at a gas station in Aden, Yemen. (AFP/File)
09:40 GMT
A group of seven Daesh militants arrested in Aden was lead by a French national.
Ahead of an Iranian delegation to Saudi on Tuesday, Iran sent a letter listing its rightful demands and propositions aimed at ensuring safety for Iranian nationals during the Hajj.  (Wikimedia Commons)
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Hajj plans for Iranian pilgrims go down to the wire as talks between Saudi Arabia and Iran continue today.

May 27, 2016

Saudi Foreign Minister Adel bin Ahmed al-Jubeir has continued to be vocal about opposing Bashar al-Assad remaining in power. (AFP/File)
09:00 GMT
Adel al-Jubeir raised concerns over the future of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad during a meeting between the GCC and Russia.

May 26, 2016

Yemenis gather at the site of a twin bombing that targeted Yemeni forces in the southern city of Aden on May 23, 2016. (AFP/Saleh al-Obeidi)
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The delegation has called for militias to be disbanded before reaching any political agreement.
Last year, Iraq secured $1.7 billion in loans from the World Bank and $833 million from the IMF. (YouTube)
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Following the IMF's decision to grant Iraq with a $5.4B standby loan, news of the IsDB loan will offer some respite to the country's $20.5B deficit.
A Yemeni child walks through the rubble of a building hit by a Saudi airstrike. (AFP/File)
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A Saudi airstrike on a Yemeni family home killed 11 people, leaving one child still alive.
The IsDB and THY will also cooperate within the framework of the Parties’ Social Responsibility Program in the transportation and distribution of hajj meat provided to the poor, health, and education.  (Twitter)
08:00 GMT
Turkish Airlines will provide aviation training and tech support to 56 of the IsDB's member countries.
The development will include 2 square kilometres of residential units and create more than 200,000 jobs.  (Ventures on Site)
06:00 GMT
The joint venture between Mountain View-Sisban and Egypt's Ministry of Housing is one of the first major projects in Egypt based on a public-private partnership.

May 25, 2016

A study on pollution with the Regional Organization for the Conservation of the Environment of the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden (PERSGA), is expected to be released soon. (Arab News)
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Claims by a former environmental professor at King Abdulaziz University over pollution on Jeddah's beaches have been rejected by the head of the Presidency of Meteorology and Environment.
A man lifts his hands in prayer while overlooking pilgrims on Hajj. (AFP/File)
08:00 GMT
Saudi Arabia and Iran have agreed on terms to allow Iranian pilgrims to participate in Hajj this year.
A file photo of cluster bombs. (AFP/File)
07:00 GMT
The UK is investigating the usage of British cluster bombs on Yemeni civilians.

May 24, 2016

Pilgrims on Hajj at Mecca. (Wikimedia Commons)
17:30 GMT
Iran is sending a delegation to Saudi Arabia to reopen the discussion of sending Iranian pilgrims on Hajj this year.
United Nations Special Envoy to Yemen, Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed. (AFP/Yasser Al-Zayyat)
13:30 GMT
Yemen peace talks have resumed in Kuwait, under the shadow of al-Qaeda attacks in Mukalla.
Samberg stars as recording artist 'Conner 4 Real' in the expletive-filled pop song called 'Finest Girl'. (YouTube)
11:14 GMT
The SNL season finale continues to push the boundaries of good taste with a parody video about a woman obsessed with Osama Bin Laden.
Saudi border guards look out across the Yemen border in April 2015. (AFP/File)
08:30 GMT
Three others were injured in the blast as the soldiers patrolled near the border.
The security council says granting passports to married and unmarried women would reduce problems they face while traveling. (Shutterstock)
07:30 GMT
The discussion comes after deciding to allow women to have their own national ID cards and to give them a copy of their own marriage contracts.

May 23, 2016

Photo: @AlShababSaudiFC
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Al Shabab FC has reached a three-years deal with @SamiAlJaber
Last year, GE announced an investment of $100m in its research and manufacturing programmes in the kingdom. (Twitter)
12:45 GMT
The agreement between GE and Saudi Arabian Industrial Investments Company will fund water, energy, aviation, and digital projects.
The Hollywood actor says that his views have changed after shooting his controversial film in the Arab world. (
10:32 GMT
Tom Hanks no longer stereotypes the Muslim world after filming "A Hologram for the King" in Morocco
A file photo of partially-exploded cluster munitions, half-buried but still active. (Twitter)
07:29 GMT
A new report reveals that large portions of northern Yemen are uninhabitable due to unexploded cluster bombs.
The agreement includes establishment of a mechanism to employ and a guarantee of the rights and duties of the domestic workers as also the employers, as per international norms. (File photo)
07:00 GMT
The ministries of labor for Saudi Arabia and Indonesia have reached an agreement to improve the recruitment and welfare of Indonesian maids in the Kingdom.

May 22, 2016

Saudi's retail sector has been experiencing the same crunch as in other Gulf markets, brought on by the steep dive in oil prices and the fallout this had on consumer spending habits. (Damas)
11:49 GMT
Despite a slowdown in sales, Damas is targeting ultra-wealthy shoppers with plans to open another 20 shops for a total of 40 by the end of the year.
Saudi has been pushing for a freeze deal since February so they needed to rely on stocks to meet any rise in customers’ demands at home and abroad while keeping their output flat. (File photo)
09:35 GMT
Saudi Arabia’s stockpiles dropped to 296.7 million barrels in March from 305.6 million barrels in February to meet demand while keeping a lid on production.

May 21, 2016

An early photograph of delegation arriving to Kuwait City to participate in the Yemen peace talks. (AFP/File)
12:21 GMT
The pro-Hadi Loyalists have six demands for the Houthi rebels before rejoining the peace talks in Kuwait.

May 20, 2016

A Red Cross aid drop in Yemen. (AFP/File)
10:00 GMT
The Director of Operations at OCHA made a serious appeal for more funding and support as the Yemeni crisis worsens.

May 19, 2016

Jordan's energy minister said that the project would create the necessary infrastructure for the interconnection with Saudi Arabia. (File photo)
09:00 GMT
Announced on the sidelines of the Jordan International Energy Summit, The project will take up to two years to complete and will cost up to JD200 million.
Bosnian Muslim political leader Bakir Izetbegovic speaks to journalists in Sarajevo, on January 17, 2016. (AFP/File)
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The agreement was signed by Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Nayef bin Abdul Aziz, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior, and Minister of Security of Bosnia and Herzegovina Dragan Mektic, who was received by the Crown Prince along with his accompanying delegation in Jeddah on Monday.
The sovereign action reflects the ongoing negative impact of lower oil prices on Saudi’s fiscal position 
and economic strength. (Argaam)
06:00 GMT
The investors service has negatively revised the long-term deposit ratings of nine banks and confirming the ratings of two banks as stable, while placing all UAE banks on a negative outlook.
 Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal met with founder of Bloomberg and former Mayor of New York Michael Bloomberg.  (Kingdom Holding Company)
05:00 GMT
Bloomberg will support the creation of financial and economic news programming on the Alarab channel, which is privately owned by the Saudi Prince.

May 18, 2016

The film, directed by Ayman Jamal's Barajoum studio, will be released worldwide in September. (File photo)
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The film, directed by Ayman Jamal's Barajoum studio, will be released worldwide in September.
Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) and Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) exit a news conference concerning the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act (JASTA), on Capitol Hill, May 17, 2016, in Washington, DC. (AFP/Getty Images/Drew Angerer)
11:03 GMT
President Obama has promised to veto the bill and it still has to be approved by Congress.
Other Gulf states holding massive amounts of U.S debt include the United Arab Emirates with $62.5 billion, Kuwait with $31.4 billion and Oman with $15.9 billion.  (Shutterstock)
11:00 GMT
The Kingdom ranks 13th among countries holding American securities, compared to the China at the top of the list with $1.3 trillion, followed by Japan with $1.1 trillion.
The bill must now be passed by the House of Representatives before it heads to President Barack Obama's desk.  (Pixabay)
06:35 GMT
The US Senate unanimously passed the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act on Tuesday, bringing families of 9/11 victims a step closer to legal action against Saudi Arabia.
Jeddah Tower is now due for completion at the end of 2019. (File photo)
06:03 GMT
Work on what will be the tallest tower in the world has been forced to slow to a snail's pace as a result of the Binladin Group's financial difficulties.

May 17, 2016

United Nations Special Envoy to Yemen, Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed, addressed the press on May 15, 2016 about the progress of the Yemen peace talks. (AFP/Yasser Al-Zayyat)
16:00 GMT
The Yemeni government delegation withdrew from peace talks in Kuwait, citing Houthis' lack of cooperation with UN resolutions.
One of the biggest obstacles to feminising the private and public sectors is providing a suitable work environment. (Shutterstock)
11:19 GMT
The programme is expected to particularly appeal to women working in rural areas and small towns and will be served be seven centres in Qassim, Hail, Jazan, Madinah, Najran and Al-Ahsa.
A file photo of Saudi special forces. (AFP/File) Image used for illustrative purposes
11:04 GMT
Armed gunmen entered King Khalid Hospital and are believed to have killed at least eight people.

May 16, 2016

A screenshot of the Arab News graphic where Jordan is labeled "Lebanon." (photo: Al Bawaba)
13:40 GMT
A Saudi Arabian newspaper made a bit of an error in an article posted Monday.
Previously known as the Command and Control Center, the new facility will have 18,000 cameras which will be linked to smart applications in future. (File photo)
07:00 GMT
Saudi Arabia's new National Center for Joint Security Operations is touted as the Middle East's largest and most sophisticated security center.
Yemeni police stand outside a public security office after a suicide bombing in Mukalla. (AFP/Stringer)
06:30 GMT
A Daesh suicide bomber killed at least 30 police recruits in Mukalla.
Once commercially operational in early 2019 the plants will supply approximately 30% of electricity demand in the Sultanate of Oman. (Shutterstock)
05:10 GMT
Saudi's ACWA and Japan's Mitsui are the largest investors of the project which includes two natural-gas fired power plants in Oman.