Saudi Arabia

January 21, 2014

Some Saudi hospitals have stock market listings (File Archive)
12:56 GMT

Saudi healthcare prices are expected to rise by 30 percent in 2014.

Part of the Mecca Metro is already in operation (Amer Hilabi/AFP)
12:28 GMT

Local and international firms have begun to submit their bid applications for contracts for the Mecca Metro project.

Members of the Iraqi army listen to a speech by Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki during a political meeting to talk about the ongoing fighting between security forces and al-Qaeda-linked groups.  [AFP]
09:56 GMT

After his capture, a Shi'ite militia leader has made claims that leaders of Maliki's political group will be assassinated if he is not released within 24 hours.

Speaking to the hearts of his co-patriots in the city of Jeddah, Orazio Sciortino brought down the house in the Italian consulate.
05:00 GMT

Italian pianist Orazio Sciortio clanked the keys in gifted fashion at a Jeddah concert in his country's consulate.

January 20, 2014

The U.N. invited Tehran to attend the talks - a move that has unproved unpopular with those opposed to Assad's regime. (AFP/File)
13:28 GMT

Saudi Arabia said on Monday that Iran should not be allowed to attend the upcoming Geneva II talks on the Syrian crisis as Tehran does not support a transitional Syrian government.

The first Saudi Arabia-based IHOP opened in Jeddah this week (Shutterstock)
08:51 GMT

California-based IHOP opened its first Saudi Arabia branch in Jeddah this week.

January 18, 2014

"Wadjda" was the first Saudi film to be entirely shot in Saudi and directed by a Saudi woman. (Image: Facebook)
05:00 GMT

Has the Saudi film Wadjda received universal acclaim because it is an exceptional work of art? Or does it have more to do with the fact that this is the first film shot entirely in Saudi Arabia, and directed by a Saudi woman?

January 16, 2014

All jobs previously occupied by expats will be considered vacant until qualified Saudi citizens can fill them, the ministry said.
21:07 GMT

Saudi Arabia refused to renew the contracts of 9,267 expatriate employees working in its public sector and rejected around 2,607 new applications last year in a bid to boost employment among its locals, according to a senior official.

Saudi Arabian authorities have deported over 60,000 workers since November (File Archive)
10:32 GMT

Many illegal expats are coming back to KSA to work regardless of previous government deportations and crackdown on undocumented workers less than three months ago.

Tomy told his fans: “Be sexy if you trust the size of your package.” (Image: Facebook)
08:23 GMT

Oh, boy! Tomy Omran has done it again. In his latest FB blunder, Tomy "seduced" his fans with a Very revealing underwear shot of himself.

Workers wait in line to receive exit stamp from KSA authorities during amnesty period of deportation. [AFP]
05:19 GMT

Only three months after the mass government forced exodus of Saudi's expats, many illegal workers have returned to the streets seeking new ways to earn a living.

January 15, 2014

Wahhabism is the ultra-conservative vein of Islam practised in Saudi Arabia. It has been intrinsic to Saudi's rulers since the 18th century. (AFP/File)
15:56 GMT

During his meeting with the Iranian Foreign Minister on Wednesday, Syrian President Bashar Assad reportedly warned that Saudi Arabia's political and religious ideology of Wahhabism threatens the globe.

The Special Criminal Court in Riyadh sentenced on Tuesday two terrorists to death for their involvement in the murder of four French nationals in Madinah nearly seven years ago. [suqalmal]
08:09 GMT

The Riyadh Criminal Court has handed out the death sentence for two men charged in the killing of four Frenchmen in early 2007 during an attack in Madinah.

January 14, 2014

China's top crude supplier Saudi Arabia is set to ship about the same volumes to Chinese buyers in 2014 as it did last year, as the world's second-largest oil consumer takes more from Iraq and Central Asia, traders said.
22:03 GMT

Iraq, for example, has been offering cheaper prices and better payment terms to Asian buyers this year as it increases its output,

The final stage includes voting on the site at the meeting of the UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee
21:43 GMT

From Thursday, Jeddah city will be hosting the 10-day “Jeddah Historic Area Festival” under the patronage of Prince Mesh’al bin Abdullah,