Saudi Arabia

May 5, 2014

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

April 27, 2014

Saudi Arabia captures approximately one-fifth (or $5 billion) of the global diamond trade (Shutterstock)
12:00 GMT

The Saudi market has captured seven percent of the global trade and business in diamonds.

April 26, 2014

Saudi Arabia's health ministry announced on Friday that over 300 MERS cases have now been detected in the country (File/AFP)
18:08 GMT

An Egyptian man has been diagnosed with MERS virus upon his return from Saudi Arabia, the country's state TV reported on Saturday.

The UN estimates that an estimated 400,000 Iraqis have been displaced due to violence this year (File/AFP)
10:59 GMT

Iraq's Prime Minister Nouri al-Malki has accused Saudi Arabia of meddling in Baghdad's affairs and further antagonizing the Syrian conflict by arming rebels.

April 24, 2014

The investment will boost Saudi's economy and generate 15,000 jobs (File/AFP)
16:50 GMT

The Kingdom has begun the first phase of the $7.2 billion project, which will create 15,000 jobs.

The JEC seeks to achieve new world records using latest technologies for foundation works of high rise buildings.
03:55 GMT

The foundation and piling works, one of the most important and difficult stages of the project, took 12 months to complete, the JEC said.The JEC seeks to achieve new world records using latest technologies for foundation works of high rise buildings.

April 23, 2014

Defusing the tension: Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Bahrain had withdrawn their ambassadors from Qatar during the dispute (File/AFP)
16:55 GMT

Qatar's foreign minister said in a statement on Wednesday that his country's disagreement with fellow GCC nations was "over".

Jarba has requested that Saudi Arabia provide more support to the rebel Free Syrian Army in their fight against the Assad regime, as well as ISIL (File Archive/AFP)
13:37 GMT

Syria's main opposition coalition has requested more aid and support from Saudi Arabia for the rebel Free Syrian Army.

Saudi Arabia's hospitality sector is currently worth $1.3 billion in 2014 (File/AFP)
11:37 GMT

As Hotel Saudi 2014 exhibited on Tuesday in Jeddah, good news followed. The Kingdom expects the hospitality industry to grow by 2.5 percent between now and 2017.