Saudi Arabia

May 8, 2014

MERS cases have also been reported in Jordan, Egypt and the UAE (File/AFP)
16:00 GMT

Saudi Arabia reported four more people have died from the MERS virus bringing the number of infections up to 449 since 2012.

Raif Badawi has been behind bars since 2012 for allegedly insulting Islam (Image: Facebook)
15:17 GMT

Founder of a human rights group and prominent blogger Raif Badawi was sentenced to 10 years in jail, 1,000 lashes and ordered to pay a $267,000 fine for insulting Islam and adopting a liberal ideology.

May 7, 2014

Abdel Fatah al Sisi is widely expected to win the upcoming presidential elections. (AFP/File)
17:00 GMT

In the second part of Sisi's first interview since announcing his candidacy, Sisi said financial aid from the Gulf states has surpassed $20 billion since June 30.

May 6, 2014

Terrorists attacked compounds in Saudi's capital Riyadh in 2003 (File Archive)
16:08 GMT

Saudi Arabia "dismantled a terrorist organization" that was plotting to attack government facilities and foreign interests.

Construction work on the Jeddah Metro will start in 2015 (File/AFP)
11:17 GMT

AECOM Technology Corporation has been awarded an 18-month contract to provide management consultancy services to the Jeddah Metro Company.

May 5, 2014

Instead, a press statement by the ministry said it was taking all preventive measures to raise the level of bio-security in the country and safeguard public health.
23:46 GMT

Some newspapers and websites in the UAE on Sunday reported that the ministry has put a temporary ban on the import of live camels as a precautionary measure to prevent the outbreak of any contagious disease.

Saudi Arabia will consider changing its strict visa policies in the next three years, according to the president of the country’s tourism commission.
23:11 GMT

In March the Kingdom reportedly suspended a limited tourist visa programme, until infrastructure had improved.

With over billions of investments taking place in the railway industry, the summit will provide a practical approach on 'The Plan' for future and how it can be executed
12:55 GMT

Current railway projects in the Middle East and smart communication systems coupled with intelligent transport systems for railways will form the focus for a major summit opening in Riyadh (May 5).

Saudi Public Transport Co. (Saptco) has won a $2.1 billion contract to operate and maintain buses in Riyadh jointly with French group RATP Dev.
03:55 GMT

The 10-year deal is worth 7.885 billion riyals ($2.1 billion, 1.5 billion euros), Saptco indicated, noting that Riyadh authorities informed them they won the deal on Wednesday.

May 1, 2014

From May 15 onwards, Qatar Airways will operate a total of 79 flights per week to the Kingdom (File/AFP)
15:44 GMT

Qatar Airways announced doubling flights to Gassim and added a new destination route to Al Hofuf.

The metro will have 88 stations, providing ease on the holy city's transport system (Image: Mecca Metro)
13:19 GMT

Work on a metro system through Saudi Arabia's holy city is expected to begin in 2016.

“However, there has been no statement issued by the Saudi or Sudanese government confirming that Saudi banks have decided to take this step, which may have a negative impact on the economy of Sudan.”
04:38 GMT

Several Saudi and international banks have banned all transactions including remittances to Sudanese banks.

April 30, 2014

The move will see the expansion of Saudi Arabia's pharmaceutical industries (File/AFP)
12:30 GMT

Boehringer Ingelheim has entered a joint venture with Saudi's Cigalah and Tabouk, a statement said.

April 29, 2014

The festival has been attended by the Greek Ambassador, among others (Image: FSR Magazine)
14:54 GMT

Saudi Arabia is hosting a Greek inspired food fest in the Riyadh Marriott Hotel, with different authentic Greek dishes being served every night.

He said affected students’ files, which contain birth certificates, copies of IDs and details of vaccinations, would remain in the private school until the fees are paid.
01:34 GMT

The Ministry of Education has introduced a new mechanism to enable the private school students who are unable to pay their tuition fees to join the government schools of their choice