Saudi Arabia

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.

Maliki accused the Gulf powers of incing terrorism in Iraq during an exclusive interview with France 24 Saturday (File Archive/AFP)
07:05 GMT

Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri Al Maliki accused Saudi Arabia and Qatar of destabilizing Iraq vis-a-vis supporting militant groups during an interview broadcast Saturday.

March 8, 2014

Relations between Saudi Arabia and Iran soured after Iran's revolution in 1979. This will be Rouhani's first trip to the Kingdom. (AFP/File)
06:34 GMT

Rouhani has accepted an official invitation to visit Saudi Arabia.

March 6, 2014

Gulf investors are in talks with UK-based Hypermach to launch the next generation of supersonic jets (Courtesy of BBC)
13:00 GMT

Gulf investors are in talks with a British firm to develop the next era of supersonic jets that would move passengers from New York to London within...2 hours!

March 5, 2014

Qatar's support of the Muslim Brotherhood has apparently caused a major rift in the GCC. (AFP/File)
13:55 GMT

Qatar expressed "regret" and "surprise" at the news that Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Bahrain withdrawing their Gulf Cooperation Council envoys from Doha on Wednesday. According to inside sources, Qatar's stance on Syria and Egypt has caused a "rift" in the GCC.

A Qatari national was jailed in the UAE for seven years over links to an Islamist group in what Doha has described as an unfair ruling (File Archive)
09:49 GMT

Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates recalled their diplomatic envoys to Qatar Wednesday.