Saudi Arabia

July 16, 2014

The two sides also agreed that the age of a housemaid from India should not be less than 30.
03:28 GMT

He said the recruitment of domestic helpers from India would inject new life into the housemaids market in light of recent problems that stopped the recruitment of labor from Indonesia and the Philippines.

July 15, 2014

Abdullah al-Muallami, Saudi Arabia's permanent representative to the UN said that "The Security Council statement on Israel’s attack on the Gazans was not up to the expectations of its members" (AFP/ File).
05:00 GMT

Saudi Arabia has criticized the United Nations Security Council for failing to meet member expectations in both its statement on, and action to prevent, Israel's military offensive in Gaza.

July 13, 2014

He called for imposing stricter search measures on female passengers and travelers because terrorists may use women to carry out their operations.
22:25 GMT

A Dammam airport source told Al-Hayat Arabic daily that airport officers have been asked to refer any suspicious passengers for investigation.

July 12, 2014

Palestinians collect their belongings from damaged houses in Gaza City. (Mahmud Hams/AFP)
08:45 GMT

Saudi Arabia is coordinating its efforts with representatives of Islamic and Arab states and representatives of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) as well as other bodies to support the Palestinian delegation’s stand at the UN

July 10, 2014

In the meantime, Riyadh Municipality officials closed 23 restaurants in the capital for violating health regulations.
13:31 GMT

Security officers in Saudi Arabia have arrested nearly 2,200 foreign workers in Madinah and Hail and Baha this month for allegedly violating the country’s residency and labor regulations.

Saudi authorities deployed some 30,000 troops earlier this month along the border with Iraq (File/AFP)
08:00 GMT

Saudi's Border Guards said said the country's southern divide was secure from smugglers and infiltrators despite security concerns with Iraq in the north.

July 9, 2014

The source, who opted not to be named, said a surefire reason for inclusion on the blacklist is physical abuse and sexual harassment against their housemaids.
16:05 GMT

The recruitment application of any Saudi who has a history of maltreating Filipino housemaids would never be accepted.

July 8, 2014

Saudi Arabia deployed over 30,000 troops to the border with Iraq as a precaution against ISIL militants (File/AFP)
09:57 GMT

A number of shells landed in the Saudi Arabian region of Arar as the kingdom stepped up security along the border with Iraq.

July 7, 2014

The search for gas has been a priority for Saudi Arabia as it struggles to keep pace with rapidly rising domestic demand.
00:44 GMT

Royal Dutch Shell is ending investments in a gas development project in Saudi Arabia, complicating the top oil exporter’s efforts to exploit its huge gas reserves.


A total of 10 consortiums are vying for the first phase of the project involving civil works.
19:42 GMT

"We have asked them to submit their bids for this project. We intend to sign the contract with the winning bidders in early October," he said.

Another reason for the slowdown may be that households balance sheets are stretched after a surge in consumer borrowing over the past few years.
12:42 GMT

In the first quarter, growth in all three sectors that relied on cheap foreign labor — construction, retail and transport — slowed markedly from a year ago.

July 6, 2014

Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif did invite Saudi's Foreign Minister to visit Tehran in his commentary.
17:00 GMT

Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif told the country's state news agency this week that despite rumors, Tehran has not ever had plans to visit Saudi Arabia.

July 5, 2014

Saudi security forces patrol Riyadh’s al-Munissiyah district in 2006. (AFP)
08:51 GMT

Two suicide bombers blew themselves up inside a government building in Saudi Arabia Saturday after being surrounded by security forces, Al-Arabiya reported.

July 3, 2014

Tension amounts in the Middle East as 30,000 Saudi troops were deployed to the country's border with Iraq (Image: Middle East Monitor)
11:22 GMT

Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah said all necessary measures were being taken against "terrorist threats" on Thursday while 30,000 soldiers were deployed to the borders with Iraq.

July 2, 2014

The new complex will create significant value to Ma’aden shareholders.
19:42 GMT

The estimated cost of the project is approximately SR28 billion ($7.5 billion), and production at the new facility is expected to commence in late 2016.