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February 23, 2017

This is for the first time a Saudi monarch is visiting Indonesia after the visit of King Faisal 46 years ago. (AFP/File)
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King Salman will embark on a five-nation Asian tour next week, which includes the first Saudi royal visit to Indonesia in 46 years, and the first-ever Saudi royal visit to Japan.
A total of 133 private and international schools across the kingdom will soon shift to new buildings under construction following the new rules.  (YouTube)
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The majority of Jeddah's private schools are affected by a new requirement by Saudi's Ministry of Education to move to buildings more suitable for education within two academic years.
Yemen’s President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi called on his government to focus on power, water, roads, health and education in retaken areas. (AFP/File)
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Saudi Arabia has allocated $10 billion for the reconstruction of liberated provinces, including $2 billion as a deposit in the central bank to shore up the Yemeni riyal.

February 22, 2017

PepsiCo's CEO also confirmed that a new beverages plant is set to officially open in Dubai this month.  (Shutterstock/Ioan Panaite)
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The PepsiCo beverages plant, set to open later this year in Jeddah, will manufacture the company’s wide portfolio of carbonates including Pepsi, Mountain Dew, Mirinda and Gatorade.
The appointments come in line with a goal outlined in the Saudi Vision 2030 reform plan to increase the participation of women in the workforce from 22 percent to 30 percent.  (Arab News)
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Following Sarah Al-Suhaimi's appointment to chair the Tadawul, Rania Nashar has been named CEO of Samba Financial Group, and Latifa Al-Sabhan has been appointed chief financial officer of Arab National Bank.
The iconic actor is reportedly visiting the Kingdom in May. (Nanozine)
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The iconic actor is reportedly visiting the Kingdom in May.
Round 1 RFQ documents can be viewed, downloaded, and responded to via the government eProcurement portal. (Shutterstock)
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Saudi Arabia has opened the pre-qualification bidding process to local, regional and international developers for the first phase of its ambitious renewable energy program.

February 21, 2017

Saudi Arabia was the world's second-largest arms importer in the period 2012 to 2016, with an increase of 212 percent compared with 2007-2011. (File photo)
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The Stockholm International Peace Research Institute, or SIPRI, said Monday the arms import figures for the Middle East accounted for 29 percent of global imports during the 2012-2016 period.

February 20, 2017

Photo: Tasnim News Agency
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Esteghlal of Khuzestan has defeated hosting FC Al-Fateh of Al-Hasa, Saudi Arabia in the first day of Group B on Monday.
The 41-year-old official had agreed a move to the Middle East but will now definitely take charge of at least one more game in England's top flight
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The 41-year-old official had agreed a move to the Middle East but will now definitely take charge of at least one more game in England's top flight
"The oil, gas and petrochemicals sectors will continue to be the backbone of economies across the Mena region," said Meed editorial director Richard Thompson. (Shutterstock)
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While oil and gas spending globally is expected to continue to decline, Middle East producers are looking to buck the trend and maintain spending in order to meet production targets.
Performers at the opening ceremony for Medina Capital of Islamic Tourism 2017. (SPA)
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Prince Sultan bin Salman, chief of Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage (SCTH), kicked off the opening ceremony for “Medina Capital of Islamic Tourism 2017.”
Suhaimi, who became the first female chief executive of a Saudi investment bank when she took that post at NCB Capital in 2014, is one of only a few women with a top job in Saudi finance. (AFP/File)
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Al Suhaimi is the first woman to lead Saudi's Tadawul, MENA's largest bourse.

February 19, 2017

Morgan Stanley is also expected to be a global co-ordinator and bookrunner on the Aramco listing. (File photo)
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JPMorgan, Saudi Aramco’s longstanding commercial banker, is in pole position to be a global co-ordinator and bookrunner for the planned sale of a 5 per cent stake in the Saudi oil giant in 2018.

February 16, 2017

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@ahdaafme: OFFICIAL: Mark Clattenburg will quit his job in English football to take up a new refereeing role in Saudi Arabia. #DawryJameel
The project is designed to cater to the needs of different income groups and family sizes and is being implemented in partnership with the private sector. (File photo)
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The Sakani programme is part of efforts to allocate homes and financial assistance to 280,000 families by the Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Housing.
Your profile summary is one of the first things people look at, so it’s important to get it right. (Shutterstock)
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If you think you are being original on your LinkedIn profile, think again.

February 15, 2017

Saudis travelers’ expenditure rate has been considered among the highest in Britain.  (Shutterstock/4kclips)
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The British Tourism Authority has opened a new office in Riyadh for the purpose of attracting more Saudi visitors to London.
Comic Con comes to Jeddah this week (February 16-18th). (The Daily Beast)
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And it's taking place this weekend.
The Cosplay competition must be devoid of “inappropriate signs or symbols in violation of or affecting Islamic morals” with sound effects also avoiding “inappropriate connotations”.  (Twitter/@SaudiComicCon)
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Supported by Saudi’s General Entertainment Authority, the three-day event will take place from February 16-18 at Take Off RC Club in Jeddah.

February 14, 2017

To cope with projected demand, there are an additional 61,224 hotel rooms in the pipeline across Saudi Arabia.  (Shutterstock/raydignity)
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Driven, in part, by domestic tourism, Saudi Arabia’s travel and tourism sector is expected to contribute more than $81 billion to the country’s GDP by 2026.
Saudi students want exams delayed until after Ramadan (Wikimedia Commons)
10:34 GMT
That's an excuse to get out of exams you haven't heard before!
OPEC is still urging oil suppliers outside the group to fulfil their commitments to cut output. (File photo)
05:34 GMT
The level of Saudi cuts in January shows that the Kingdom went beyond its OPEC obligations under a deal cut last year to balance world markets.

February 13, 2017

The project is expected to cost SAR2bn, with investors receiving a profit of 15 per cent of the capital annually or SAR350m through 20-year rental leases. (File photo)
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The first phase of investment targets construction of 50 schools in Dammam, Jeddah and Riyadh this year, while a second phase will establish 50 more schools in other densely populated cities.
Stockholm Public Library - could Riyadh or Jeddah soon host a similar building? (Wikimedia Commons)
10:49 GMT
It might just be the least controversial Twitter hashtag to come from the kingdom yet...

February 12, 2017

Skateboards and roller-blades: Indian and Saudi women united in defiance
10:39 GMT
From "Hwages" to "Alpha Female", these women are not afraid to rebel against the patriarchy.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. (AFP/File)
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The conversation between Sameh Shoukry and Yitzhak Molcho leaked on Friday.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan (R) and Waleed Ben Abdel Karim El Khereiji (L), Saudi Arabian Ambassador to Turkey, shake hands during their meeting at presidential complex in Ankara, Turkey on February 07, 2017. (Presidency of Turkey)
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Saudi Arabia and Turkey are cooperating to defuse conflicts in the Middle East.
The licences will be restricted to gyms that focus on weight loss and fitness activities such as swimming, running and bodybuilding. (Shutterstock)
08:21 GMT
Spearheaded by Princess Reema bint Bandar, Saudi Arabia will be granting licenses and seeks investments for women's gyms throughout the kingdom.
The Euro Disney share swap transaction was valued at $151M.  (AFP/Mehdi Fedouach)
07:00 GMT
Saudi Prince Alwaleed bin Talal's KHC has swapped nine percent of Euro Disney company shares into the Walt Disney Company, while maintaining its one percent direct ownership in Disneyland Paris.