Saudi Arabia

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.

KSA, the UAE and Kuwait are strong allies of Egypt's president, Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi (File/AFP)
09:58 GMT

Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Kuwait released 152 Egyptian prisoners as a goodwill gesture for Ramadan.

A preliminary Reuters poll estimated a decline of 2.3 million barrels.
04:55 GMT

Brent oil held steady above $112 per barrel as upbeat manufacturing data in China pointed to demand growth while conflicts in Iraq and Ukraine continued to underpin supply concerns.

July 1, 2014

There are 204 domestic Haj companies serving the local pilgrims. Around 60 percent of them transport their pilgrims on Saudia's domestic flights.
15:56 GMT

Saudia had refused to respond to the requests of the domestic Haj companies for meetings to discuss the problems they had been experiencing," he said.

The aid will be distributed via the United Nations. (AFP/File)
14:01 GMT

Saudi Arabia pledged $500 million in humanitarian aid to Iraq Tuesday.

Ramadan has begun and so has the intense TV show watching!
05:04 GMT

Muslims might be fasting and all that jazz, but some deem the Ramadan dramas promote decadence instead.

Accommodation at five-star hotels skyrockets to anywhere between SR31,000 to SR40,000 for a 10-day period near the end of Ramadan.
04:55 GMT

Travel operators in Riyadh will increase the prices of weekend Umrah packages from SR90 ($23) per head to SR160 ($42) from Wednesday thanks to the influx of pilgrims during Ramadan.

June 30, 2014

The regulations will be issued before the end of the year and a six-month grace period for its implementation will be put in place.
04:55 GMT

A high commission set up to develop the regulations ensuring retailers close at 9 p.m. has completed its task.

June 29, 2014

King Abdullah condemned "misguided persons" during the Ramadan speech (File/AFP)
09:30 GMT

King Abdullah said Saudi Arabia would fight extremists and that terrorists "are not related to Islam," during a Ramadan speech in the Kingdom.

(AFP)
05:00 GMT

Human Rights Organizations and news reports recently have blasted Gulf countries over the mistreatment and exploitation of low-wage expat workers

June 28, 2014

(AFP)
17:21 GMT

HRW has strongly slammed Saudi Arabian authorizes for hacking into the mobile phones of dissidents to obtain data on anti-regime protests.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry (L) talks to Saudi Arabia's Foreign Minister Prince Saud al-Faisal. (Arnd Wiegmann/AFP)
07:38 GMT

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry spoke with Saudi leaders in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, Friday, seeking their support for an inclusive government in Iraq.

June 26, 2014

Kerry met with his MENA regional counterparts in Paris Thursday to discuss the developing Iraq crisis (Brendan Smialowski/AFP)
18:00 GMT

Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah has ordered KSA authorities to "take necessary measures" to defend the Kingdom from terrorism the eve before the Arab leader is set to meet with U.S. officials on Iraq.

Bill Gates, co-chair of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, expressed willingness to collaborate with  King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) in research projects focusing on agriculture and food production.
04:55 GMT

On cooperation between Gates Foundation and Saudi Arabia, he said “Saudi Arabia is the most generous country in terms of overall philanthropy.

June 25, 2014

Kerry met with Iraq's leadership earlier this week ahead of his meeting with Riyadh royalty Friday (Brendan Smialowski/AFP)
20:00 GMT

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will visit Riyadh Friday to meet with Saudi Arabia's leadership about the developing crisis in Iraq.