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Smoke rises from the city of Taiz after fighting between the Houthi and pro-Hadi militants. (AFP/Ahmad al-Basha)
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Saudi warplanes have been targeting residential areas in Yemen this week, causing multiple civilian casualties.
The SFD has signed over some $1.2B in projects for Jordan. (File photo)
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Saudi grant to Jordan includes $65M for road rehabilitation, $100M for communities hosting Syrian refugees, and a $53.3M soft loan agreement.
Saudi Arabia has one of highest rates of capital punishment in the world. Representational image. (AFP/File)
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Al-Qaeda threatens retaliation attacks if Saudi goes through with the planned executions of more than 50 people for "terrorist crimes."
Aljazi al-Hussaini, a candidate for the municipal council in the town of Diriyah, shows an electoral campaign license issued by the central municipal elections committee on November 29, 2015. (AFP/Fayez Nureldine)
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This is the first election in Saudi Arabia in which women are allowed to vote and run for office.

November 30, 2015

Women are still not allowed to drive, but this step forward for gender equality is still historic. (Twitter)
23:18 GMT
Women are still not allowed to drive, but this step forward for gender equality is still historic.
Saudi's Communications and Information Technology Commission found around 700 violations in a 12-month period. (Al Bawaba/File)
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Saudi Arabia’s Communications and Information Technology Commission (CITC) has slapped a fine of SR552 million ($147 million) on several service providers for violating CITC rules and licence conditions during the 12 months ending mid-October.
Yemeni men clear the debris following an air-strike by the Saudi-led coalition, in the capital Sanaa on November 29, 2015. (AFP/Mohammed Huwais)
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Warplanes targeted residential neighborhoods in Sa'ada and Taiz.
New regulations regarding the provision of services and visa allocation have been put in place for Umrah season 1437. (File photo)
06:54 GMT
Saudi Arabia prepares to welcome over six million Umrah pilgrims to the Grand Mosque and the Prophet's Mosque.
Kabsa is a popular dish in Saudi.
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Celebrity chef Gary McKenna says the food industry is the place to be.

November 29, 2015

About 6.1 percent of Jumeirah's guests are Saudis. (Al Bawaba/File)
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Jumeirah Group is planning to open branches in five major cities in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. These are Jeddah, Riyadh, Dammam, Madinah, and Makkah.
Saudi Aramco plans to start natural gas production at a field near Jordan. (OilPro)
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Saudi Arabia is investing heavily in exploration, as demand for natural gas is expected to nearly double by 2030 from 2011's levels.
Taez, Yemen has faced heavy bombing and fighting this week. (AFP/Ahmad Al-Basha)
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Airstrikes and skirmishes in Yemen on Sunday have killed civilians in multiple provinces.
Ashraf Fayadh was sentenced to death for apostasy, and now Saudi Arabia plans to sue those who think that the punishment is Daesh-like. (Twitter)
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Ashraf Fayadh was sentenced to death for apostasy, and now Saudi Arabia plans to sue those who think that the punishment is Daesh-like.
The Najran border crossing, in 2003. (AFP/Khaled Fazaa)
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A skirmish on the Yemeni-Saudi border Saturday night caused artillery to strike inside Saudi, killing one.
Despite international outcry, human rights experts worry that Ali al-Nimr will be put to death even though he was 17 at the time of his arrest.  (AFP/File)
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Despite international outcry, human rights experts worry that Ali al-Nimr will be put to death even though he was 17 at the time of his arrest.

November 27, 2015

A student takes part in a performance in front of the UN office during a protest demanding the right to return to school and calling for an end to the military operations carried out by the Saudi-led coalition on Yemen, in the capital Sanaa, November 23, 2015. (AFP/File)
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Human Rights watch criticized Saudi Arabia for indiscriminately targeting civilians during airstrikes in Yemen.
Ali al-Nimr was 17 when handed a death sentence for protesting against the Saudi government. (AFP/File)
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Amnesty International said the kingdom intends to execute some 55 people for alleged "terrorist crimes".
Rights groups have continuously condemned Saudi Arabia for its poor record for human rights. (AFP/File)
08:00 GMT
Austria's Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz condemned the kingdom's track record on human rights during a meeting with his Saudi counterpart Adel al-Jubeir in Riyadh.

November 26, 2015

“We have seen some significant international effort to eliminate funding lines off Daesh. This effort is being led by a number of Saudi officials," said White House spokesman Josh Earnest. (Al Bawaba/File)
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The White House has praised the efforts of Saudi Arabia to cut off funding for the Daesh militant group, local media reported Wednesday.
"As one of the countries that signed this international pact early, it will contribute to the well-being of humanity as a whole," said Tawfik Khoja. (Al Bawaba/File)
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The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has become the first Arab country and the tenth internationally to join the protocol to eliminate illicit trade in tobacco products.
Founded in 1999, Travelstart now has 200 employees across 6 global offices including Dubai, Cairo, Cape Town, Dar es Salaam, Lagos and Istanbul. (Arabnet)
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Following launches in UAE, Qatar, Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Egypt and Morocco, customers in KSA can now enjoy an end-to-end service in Arabic on the travel booking portal.
A picture taken on November 17, 2015 shows a girl standing in a window in the old city of the Yemeni capital Sanaa. (AFP/Mohammed Huwais)
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Airstrikes were carried out in the northern Saada province, targeting the city of Baqam.
The feminization campaign began in 2012, but recent amendments to the labor law make certain conditions for female employment mandatory. (Twitter)
12:23 GMT
The deadline for 'feminizing' women's retail stores in Saudi Arabia has been extended to allow companies more time to adapt working practices and conditions to women's needs.
The Saudi Interior Ministry in Riyadh. (AFP/Bilal Qabalan)
12:00 GMT
Saudi Arabia added a dozen Hezbollah leaders to their "terrorism list" and will freeze their assets.
The expansion will include the building a new unit for electricity generation using steam inside the West Cairo Power Station. (Shutterstock)
08:00 GMT
The Saudi Fund for Development loans supplement grants by the Kuwait Fund for Arab Economic Development, to help meet Egypt's growing energy needs.

November 25, 2015

The Binladin Group has been suspended from taking on new contracts following a crane accident at Mecca's Grand Mosque in September. (AFP/File)
13:10 GMT
One of Saudi Arabia's biggest construction firms has announced the immediate layoff of 15,000 staff in order to trim budgets affected by low oil prices.
Governments are urged to pass cyber-specific laws and establish procedures for breach reporting. (Shutterstock)
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A new report has seen a doubling in cybercrime in the first half of 2015, with the energy and telecom industries being the most targeted.
The circumambulation area around the Holy Kaaba has been undergoing renovation for almost three years. (Skyscraper City)
10:55 GMT
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.
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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)
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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)
22:55 GMT
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)
11:00 GMT
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)
10:40 GMT
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)
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Flash flooding caused by heavy rains left at least 5 people dead along Saudi Arabia's Red Sea coast.