Saudi Arabia

October 12, 2014

The consortium is led by Faiz Al-Abideen, a prominent Saudi businessman and adviser to members of the royal family, whose group has built 17 power plants in Saudi Arabia and abroad.
23:44 GMT

The proposed power plant, which would cost anywhere between $3 billion and $4.5 billion, will generate between 2,500 and 3,500 megawatts (MW) of power.

The programs for tackling unemployment have contributed to creating a parallel crisis in the labor market and disrupting the market.
04:55 GMT

At least one million vacancies must be created to tackle unemployment among Saudis and 300,000 jobs are needed annually to absorb new graduates entering the labor market,

October 11, 2014

Luis Suarez
18:56 GMT

Barcelona striker Luis Suarez made his first appearance for Uruguay since his biting ban, as he set up his country's goal in the 1-1 draw against Saudi Arabia.

The stats don’t lie - Arabs score high with porn sites. Cairo is the #1 city that searched for “sex” on Google. So don’t be shy-- check out who searched for sex by country in this cross section that includes some Muslim hot spots in and out of the Middle East 'desert'.
00:43 GMT

Think 1001 Arabian nights and we bring you 10 online porn findings relating to Middle East and Muslim users. See how the the region procrastinates with porn and brace yourselves for some unexpected hard truths.

October 10, 2014

Saudi woman caught cheering on football team causes uproar
16:45 GMT

A highlights video of a top Saudi football team's latest match reportedly went viral on the internet, because a woman was spotted in the crowd.

October 9, 2014

The city, located 3 km to the west of the Prophet’s Mosque in Madinah, will cover an area of over 1.6 million sq m and accommodate 200,000 people.
15:02 GMT

The project will have 100 administrative and residential towers and 30 hotels, apart from the haj ministry headquarters, the haj secretariat, and the Madinah governor’s office.

October 8, 2014

A selfie speaks louder than a thousand duas! What better way to catch a person at the height of their religious piety than a beaming, toothy smile in front of the Kaaba. Forget the souvenir holy zam-zam water and dates that are the traditional badge of honor from the Holy of Holies. Why not prove you actually woz there by snapping a selfie!
14:49 GMT

The morning after the pilgrimage, the selfie versus sheikh debate rages on! "Hajj selfie fever" is still snowballing and it might be too late for those who are losing their religion! A look at the worshippers caught in the act of faking prayers and goofing off on their pilgrimage, and the stern scholars who spoke out!

October 7, 2014

The Saudi health ministry employed thousands of health workers to make sure pilgrims were protected from two deadly viruses, Ebola and Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) coronavirus (AFP/ File Archive).
05:00 GMT

Saudi ArabianHealth Minister Adel Fakeih on Monday declared this year's Haj epidemic-free.

October 5, 2014

IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde speaks at Georgetown University in Washington on Oct. 2, 2014 ahead of the annual IMF/WB meetings. (AFP/Nicholas Kamm)
08:38 GMT

IMF managing director Christine Lagarde warned of the fragile recovery of the global economy and the effects of the turmoil in the Middle East, especially the war against ISIS and the instability of Iraq and Syria, which could trigger higher global oil prices.

October 3, 2014

A pilgrim feeds the birds while worshippers arrive at the Grand Mosque, home to the Kaaba, September 29th, 2014 (File/AFP)
09:52 GMT

Fifteen Egyptian pilgrims died in Mecca from various reasons, including a 56-year-old man who died as a result of severe hypertension, officials reported.

October 2, 2014

The Saudi government had requested the purchase of 202 Patriot Advanced Capability (PAC)-3 missiles -- the most sophisticated version of the Patriot anti-missile weapons.
16:30 GMT

"The proposed sale will help replenish Saudi's current Patriot missiles which are becoming obsolete and difficult to sustain due to age and the limited availability of repair parts," the agency said.

With oil prices continuing to slide, the pressure is building on the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (Opec) to reduce output at its meeting next month.
14:43 GMT

"Opec appears to be gearing up for a price war."...."I think Brent will fall below $88 before we see the bottom of the market."

Horiya and Hassan were amongst the celebs performing Hajj this year. (Image: Facebook)
10:34 GMT

Actors Hassan Al Raddad & Horiya Farghaly make their way to the Holy Muslim pilgrimage of Hajj in Mecca.

October 1, 2014

Saudi Arabia is the second-largest petroleum exporter to the US, but as domestic production increases in America, less is needed from abroad.Saudi Arabia is the largest exporter of petroleum liquids in the world and is home to the world’s largest proven crude oil reserves, 16 percent of the world’s total.
12:52 GMT

The shale oil boom in the US began in 2008 and has increased US crude output by 60 percent

The two brands being launched by VMMEA are Virgin Mobile, aimed at the youth market, and Friendi Mobile, targeting Saudi's expatriate workers.
04:55 GMT

The launch, days before the annual haj pilgrimage, is timely. An estimated 1.4 million Muslim pilgrims are expected to arrive in the kingdom this year.