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The circumambulation area around the Holy Kaaba has been undergoing renovation for almost three years. (Skyscraper City)
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Some 35,000 workers are putting the final touches on the circumambulation area and northern plazas of Mecca's pilgrimage site.
Somalia's mahogany trees provide charcoal for the Middle East's shisha smokers.
08:01 GMT
Ahead of the climate change conference in Paris, Somalia claims that its forests have been destroyed to cater to the Middle East's hubbly bubbly obsession.

November 24, 2015

Glowork seeks to empower Saudi women in business in Saudi Arabia. (LinkedIn)
21:52 GMT
Glowork, a Saudi agency that matches job-seeking Saudi women to jobs online, took home the social entrepreneurship award at the second iteration of the 2015 Emirates Award for Arabian Gulf Youth.
A man in Riyadh wears protective gear as he herds his camels. (AFP/Fayez Nureldine)
15:30 GMT
The most recent death marks 548 deaths from MERS in Saudi since 2012.
An estimated 15 percent of smartphone users in Saudi Arabia are using apps for free calls. (Gadgets.Ndtv)
10:18 GMT
Saudi Arabia's Communications and Information Technology Commission quashes rumors that free net-based apps such as Tango and Whatsapp would be blocked.
Houthi fighters continue to control large parts of Yemen despite Saudi military action. (AFP/File)
07:00 GMT
At least 15 people were killed by Saudi airstrikes around Yemen after the kingdom launched a series of attacks against Houthi militants.

November 23, 2015

Everyone's talking about Syria and Iraq, but much less discussed is the war in Yemen and the number of countries actually involved. (AFP/File)
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Everyone's talking about Syria and Iraq, but much less discussed is the war in Yemen and the number of countries actually involved.
Jordan's Minister of State for Media Affairs and government spokesperson, Mohammad Momani, confirmed that Jordan will be compiling a list of new extremist groups in Syria for the international community. (AFP/File)
17:30 GMT
Jordan is removing Saudi and Turkish funded militant groups from their official list of terrorist organizations.
Iran men’s national handball team (source:
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Iran defeated Saudi Arabia in the 2015 Asian Qualification Tournament on Sunday and made its way to the semifinals.
Saudi Arabia's booming hospitality market is a big draw for luxury hoteliers. (Facebook)
13:24 GMT
Jumeirah, part of Dubai Holding, has 23 hotels across the globe but plans 100 hotels by 2020, with Saudi Arabia being top priority.
Wuzzuf is in partnership with 5000 companies and has helped 55,000 people find jobs via its website. (Facebook)
10:19 GMT
Following a two billion dollar investment, plans to reach one million users by 2020, with ambitious expansion plans in the UAE and Saudi Arabia.

November 22, 2015

Analysts are watching how the Chinese Yuan and the Saudi Riyal will perform against the US dollar in 2016. (File photo)
10:51 GMT
A new Bank of America Merrill Lynch report warns that $30 per barrel oil prices could accelerate the drain on Saudi's foreign reserves, which have already been falling at a rapid rate.
Saudi Arabia is hoping that the new tax will bring housing prices down as more properties are developed. (Ventures on Site)
08:48 GMT
A new tax on undeveloped land will rake in an estimated $50 billion and is intended to force land owners to fully develop land and solve the housing shortage.

November 21, 2015

"I didn't do anything that deserves death," said Ashraf Fayadh. (Instagram)
16:12 GMT
The Saudi regime has sentenced a Palestinian poet and leading figure in the kingdom’s growing contemporary art to death over accusations of insulting and renouncing Islam, which he has categorically denied.

November 19, 2015

King Fahad National Library, the largest library in the Middle East, was recognized as an innovative, flexible, and environmentally-friendly building. (Twitter)
21:57 GMT
The Riyadh-based King Fahad National Library (KFNL) was picked as the best architectural work in 2015 by global A+Award program, according to an online report.
A tunnel in King Abdullah Street, Jeddah during the 2009 flood which killed 122 people with over 350 reported missing. (Wikipedia)
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As parts of the country recover from heavy flooding that killed eight people, an environmental expert warns that the Kingdom's dams can't hold floodwaters due to poor maintenance.
Armed tribesmen from the Popular Resistance Committees, supporting forces loyal to President Abd Rabbo Mansour Hadi flash their guns in the Dabab district in Taez province, November 17, 2015. (AFP/File)
08:22 GMT
The battle between Houthis and government forces to control Taiz will be the focal point of peace talks in Yemen. Here is why.
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif. (AFP/File)
07:00 GMT
Iran's FM met with the UN special envoy to Yemen to discuss intervening in the ongoing conflict.

November 18, 2015

Thousands of Yemeni citizens have been killed or wounded in the ongoing conflict. (AFP/Saleh al-Obeidi)
17:30 GMT
Omani hospitals are treating hundreds of Yemenis wounded in the ongoing conflict in Yemen.
Last year, Euro Disney reported debts of about 1.7 billion euros. (Pixshark)
15:22 GMT
Saudi's Prince Alwalid bin Talal gives Disneyland Paris a $52.37 million boost, one year after joining a bailout effort.
Saudi Arabia’s emphatic win extended its lead at the top of Group A standings (AFP)
13:35 GMT
Saudi Arabia striker Mohammad Al-Sahlawi scored five goals to lead his team to a 10-0 thumping of East Timor in their World Cup qualifier in Dili Tuesday.
A Yemeni child receives polio vaccination during an immunisation campaign at a health center in the Yemeni capital Sanaa, November 9, 2015. (AFP/File)
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UNICEF warned that at least half a million Yemeni children are facing severe malnutrition due to the country's ongoing war.
Both officers were shot dead in the early hours of Wednesday by unknown assailants. (AFP/File)
09:00 GMT
Two members of Saudi security forces were shot dead Wednesday in the eastern region of the kingdom by unknown assailants.
The college will be situated at King Fahd International Airport. (Yamasaki)
08:00 GMT
Construction of the college and a five-star hotel in Dammam is expected to be completed at the end of 2016.
A Saudi man pushes his car in flooded water following heavy rainfall in the Saudi Arabian port city of Jeddah on November 17, 2015. (AFP/File)
06:00 GMT
Flash flooding caused by heavy rains left at least 5 people dead along Saudi Arabia's Red Sea coast.

November 17, 2015

The weapons include 1,000 Paveway II laser guided bombs. (Military Aerospace)
07:15 GMT
The US sale of over 10,000 air-to-ground munitions still needs approval from Congress.
Saudi Arabia is one of the US's biggest allies in the Middle East. (AFP/File)
07:00 GMT
The US Monday announced a $1.29 billion weapons deal for logistical support, ammunition and parts with Saudi Arabia.

November 16, 2015

Members of the pro-Hadi Popular Resistance Committees in Yemen. (AFP/Abdullah Al-Qadry)
12:30 GMT
A pro-Hadi coalition is moving toward the Houthi-held city of Taiz, with airstrikes and military reinforcements on the way.
King Khalid International Airport will be privatised as Riyadh Airports Company in early 2016. (Al Riyadh City)
09:19 GMT
Saudi Arabia's airports and airport services, followed by the information technology sector, are slated for privatization next year.
Burj al-Khalifa, the world's tallest building, lit in the colours of the French flag two days after deadly attacks in Paris. (AFP/Karim Sahib)
06:18 GMT
Social media users were quick to point out that the UAE was slow off the mark to join the world in lighting up their landmarks following the Paris attacks.

November 15, 2015

Modon plans to build a total of 40 cities in five years. (Twitter)
17:37 GMT
The Saudi Organization for Industrial Estates and Technology Zones (Modon, in Arabic) is set to establish four new industrial cities in Jeddah, Yanbu, Qassim and Al-Jouf.
Armed Yemeni tribesmen from the Popular Resistance Committees supporting forces loyal to ousted President Hadi hold position west of Marib city October 28, 2015. (AFP/File)
16:35 GMT
Saudi-led coalition forces have taken control of a strategic area linking Aden and Taiz in Yemen.
Research shows that 27 percent of high schoolers who smoke in Saudia Arabia began in elementary school. (Map2Care)
13:30 GMT
Saudi Arabia has raised cigarette prices by nearly 11 percent without prior notice, in an attempt to reduce smoking-related illnesses and deaths.
US President Barack Obama and Saudi King Salman in a meeting in Riyadh in January 2015. (AFP/File)
12:30 GMT
US President Obama and Saudi Arabian King Salman will meet on Sunday during the G20 Summit in Turkey to discuss combined efforts against Daesh.
The promotion of healthy living and women's increased participation in sport and fitness are two drivers in the sector. (Pinterest)
11:00 GMT
Public and private investment in the sports industry has increased by 40 percent alongside the boom in the hospitality industry in Saudi Arabia.
Europe imports more than nine million bpd of crude oil from outside the region. (Shutterstock)
09:00 GMT
With the focus is on Russia and Iran, Iraq has quietly overtaken Saudi Arabia as Europe's second largest seller of oil.
A man places flowers at a memorial in Paris after deadly suicide attacks that have killed over 120 people. (AFP/Joel Saget)
07:01 GMT
Saudi Arabia publicly denounced the Paris attacks and stressed that violent extremism is strictly against the teachings of Islam.

November 13, 2015

Ruba Yamani with her award winning ALJ soccer team logo she designed (source: Saudi Gazette)
21:25 GMT
They say a picture is worth a thousand words, so as consumers, none of us should be surprised that companies invest hundreds...
Raif Badawi was jailed by Saudi authorities in 2012 over a blog posting criticizing the kingdom's clerics. (AFP/File)
10:45 GMT
Saudi blogger Raif Badawi who was jailed for ten years and sentenced to 1,000 lashes is in poor health, his wife said.

November 12, 2015

A victory for those campaigning to have him released, but not everyone is happy about Karl Andree escaping lashes in Saudi Arabia. (Facebook)
14:12 GMT
He has just landed in the UK, but not everyone is overjoyed by his release.
About 900 million people use WhatsApp in Saudi Arabia, according to Al Watan. (Google+)
11:39 GMT
New telecom alliance against free internet-based calling services such as Tango and Whatsapp is an effort to increase revenue.
Fans of the Palestinian national team wave the national flag and the traditional chequerred keffiyeh during the AFC qualifying football match for the 2018 FIFA World Cup between Palestine and Saudi Arabia on November 9, 2015, at the Amman International Stadium in the Jordanian capital. AFP PHOTO / KHALIL MAZRAAWI
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Fans of the Palestinian national team wave the national flag and the traditional chequerred keffiyeh during the AFC qualifying football match for the 2018 FIFA World Cup between Palestine and Saudi Arabia on November 9, 2015, at the Amman International Stadium in the Jordanian capital. AFP PHOTO / KHALIL MAZRAAWI
Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir made the comments during the 4th Arab-South American Summit in Riyadh. (AFP/File)
06:47 GMT
Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir said the only solution to the Syria crisis was for President Bashar al-Assad to stand down.
Alpha Star CEO Salim bin Obaid Al-Muzaini and Jet Aviation Group President Robert Smith. (Corporate Jet Investor)
06:22 GMT
Rapid expansion of relative newcomer Alpha Star Aviation Services mirrors the explosive growth in MENA's private aviation sector.

November 11, 2015

More testing and adequate training are among the new recommendations from Saudi's Civil Defense Department. (AFP/File)
13:00 GMT
Saudi's Civil Defense Department urges contractors to take increased protective measures, two months after a collapsed crane killed 111 people and injured 238.
Yemeni tribesmen from the Popular Resistance Committees fire from a tank in the area of Sirwah, west of Marib city, on November 3, 2015. (AFP/File)
12:00 GMT
US general Charles Q. Brown Jr said he was impressed with the military action taken by the Saudi-led coalition against Houthi rebels in Yemen.