Saudi Arabia

March 13, 2014

Singapore Tourism Board is in the process of developing materials in Arabic to lure more tourists from MENA and the Arabic-speaking world (File Archive/Shutterstock)
13:00 GMT

Singapore is boosting its efforts to woo Saudi tourists to its island city location.

Saudi Arabia's decision to include the Muslim Brotherhood on its list of terrorist groups represents a major shift in Saudi society (File Archive)
11:48 GMT

Saudi Arabia's recent declaration of a new additions to its terrorism blacklist is nothing new when you look at the Kingdom's history, says one analyst.

March 12, 2014

The festival kicks off with a bang (Image courtesy of Saudi Gazette/ Syeda Amtul)
12:17 GMT

For three weeks, 11 movies from 12 different Asian countries will be screened at eight venues in Jeddah. It's Asian movie marathon and mania going down in Saudi this month.

Phosphine has become a YouTube and social media hit within Saudis and the Arab world. (Image: Albawaba edit)
08:46 GMT

Phosphine, a short film that was posted recently on YouTube, is topping over 3.5 million viewers and is quickly gaining popularity through WhatsApp and other social networking media.

The final designs of the three railway stations would be ready later this month
07:16 GMT

Three stations will be constructed at the Jeddah Islamic Seaport enabling the Saudi Landbridge train project to cover all of the companies operating in the port.

March 11, 2014

Saudi Arabia banned the sale of energy drinks at government, educational and health facilities last week (Shutterstock)
14:00 GMT

Saudis spend nearly $1.6 billion a year on energy drinks. With the recent announcement of a ban on the industry, questions may be asked as to how limiting this billion-dollar consumption habit may affect KSA's economy.

Disagreements over the Muslim Brotherhood have caused a rift in Saudi-Qatari relations. (AFP/File)
13:59 GMT

The Saudi foreign minister threatened to block Qatar's land and sea borders over Qatar's involvement with the Muslim Brotherhood. The Saudi government recently designated the Muslim Brotherhood as a terrorist organization.

Bassem Youssef questions the crackdown on his show (Image: Facebook)
08:38 GMT

Bassem Youssef can't get a break. His show was suspended by CBC for mocking pro-Sisi campaigns, and now that MBC Masr has picked it up, the signal was intentionally jammed on Friday night. Now he speaks out on presidential candidates' stance on "freedom of expression".

Saudi construction industry has witnessed a boom in contract awards and ongoing construction activities
06:55 GMT

The Saudi construction sector is poised for significant growth over the next few years thanks to the boom in contract awards and ongoing construction activities coupled with healthy lending appetites by bank.

Saudi Arabia touts the highest paid CEOs and expatriates in the GCC (Shutterstock)
05:00 GMT

CEOs in Saudi Arabia are the highest paid executives among all GCC countries, according to a new report.

March 10, 2014

The Saudi religious police are a powerful force in Saudi Arabia. (AFP/File)
15:25 GMT

The Saudi religious police leveled an ancient graveyard in al Baha, a decision that angered many residents.

The General Authority for Civil Aviation (GACA) has already recruited 107 Saudi engineers who graduated from Saudi universities and obtained scholarships abroad
12:55 GMT

Ibrahim NaffeeThe new King Abdulaziz International Airport (KAIA) will create job opportunities for over 3,500 Saudi men and women in shops, restaurants and hotels at the airport, according to tourism experts.

March 9, 2014

Saudi and Emirati journalists and broadcasters have been ordered by their respective ministries to quit their posts in Doha this week (Courtesy of Photographers Direct)
12:55 GMT

Prominent Saudi and Emirati journalists and broadcasters have been ordered by their respective ministries to quite their posts in Doha as tensions escalate between Qatar and its GCC counterparts.

Egypt first labelled the group as a terrorist organization in December 2013. (AFP/File)
10:09 GMT

The United Arab Emirates on Sunday announced that it supports Saudi Arabia's decision to label the Muslim Brotherhood as a terrorist organization.

Alaa Wardi, a now-famous YouTube hit in Saudi Arabia. (Image: Facebook)
07:11 GMT

Google-owned video-sharing giant YouTube organized its first visit to Saudi Arabia on Wednesday, aiming to support the site's content generators and strengthen its strong user base in the kingdom.