Saudi Arabia

February 4, 2014

Saudi women in the workplace has been increasing, particularly over the last year (Courtesy of Arabian Gazette)
17:00 GMT

Saudi Arabia's capital has partnered with oil giant Shell to promote expanded women investment activity, focusing on businesses that can be run from the home.

The Saudi Arabian diesel generators market has witnessed a significant growth due to increase in construction and industrial activities
09:49 GMT

High economic growth rate, continuing investments towards world class infrastructure, growth in telecom market, coupled with expansion of healthcare industry and the housing market are few of the key factors driving the demand for diesel generators in Saudi Arabia.

Obama during a previous meeting with Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah. [AFP/File]
05:44 GMT

As part of regularly scheduled visits, Obama is expected to visit Saudi Arabia for discussion in March.

February 2, 2014

Saudi is seeking information on connections to terrorist funding sources. [rediff]
05:25 GMT

Meant to fight terrorism by imposing high penalties to funding sources, Saudi enacts counter-terrorism law.

January 31, 2014

According to Hof, one Iranian official told him that “neither the U.S. nor Israel intervened in Syria,”
13:21 GMT

Former U.S. ambassador Frederic Hof has revealed that Iranian officials, in private meetings, told him that Iran is not in conflict with the U.S. or Israel but rather believe Saudi Arabia to be the main threat considering its perceived tampering in Syria.

January 30, 2014

Egypt's Central Bank will receive $4 billion in total from KSA by September (Courtesy of Al Arabiya)
10:50 GMT

Saudi Arabia gave Egypt's central bank $2 billion in aid, and plans to give Cairo $2 billion more by September this year.

The moment Abdo kissed Asala's hand and his fans went crazy! (Image: youTube)
09:53 GMT

Mohammad Abdo and Asala were "caught" hand-kissing each other this week. His fans did not like that one bit!

January 29, 2014

The Nitaqat system, a scheme that penalises companies based on the percentage of its expatriate employees
21:12 GMT

“Companies manipulate the system to give the impression that they have helped Saudis get employed,” Saeed Al-Asheikh, a member of council was quoted as saying in Arab News.

January 28, 2014

Saudization programs have so far created about 600,000 jobs for citizens
09:36 GMT

The Saudi government’s rising investment in infrastructure projects in the Kingdom would create nearly 2 million direct and another 2.5 million indirect jobs, local media.

Illegal residents wait in long lines for services to help them correct their residency statuses. [coastaldig]
06:42 GMT

After another launch of illegal crackdowns, 1,350 expats were arrested in Riyadh.

January 27, 2014

Throw the child down the well? The Saudi public was outraged when this video showing a father lowering his five-year-old son into a well in a bucket to clean it hit the web. Only weeks before this video was released, a child had died from falling into a similar type of well. In this video, the child is noticeably distressed.
11:51 GMT

Saudis are airing their own scandals virally. While social media trends are rising in Saudi, the outside world is also being granted front row seats to some of the more hush-hush experiences of locals in the Kingdom via YouTube uploads.

More than 750,000 visitors attended the first festival, which ran for 10 days and included historical exhibitions, live performances, traditional souk stalls, folk dances and Hijazi people selling local arts and crafts. (Image: Alarabiya)
11:40 GMT

Saturday was a fine day for Jeddah as the 1st edition of the city's Festival for Heritage and Culture was a total smashing success.

January 26, 2014

Saudi economists said the Kingdom’s strong position would help attract more foreign investors.
18:56 GMT

Saudi Arabia holds 15th position among the world’s leading economies in creditworthiness, said a survey conducted by S&P Capital IQ.

Around 90 percent of the private sector labor force in Saudi Arabia was foreign before expat deportation took place. [AFP]
05:41 GMT

After the mass exodus deportation in Saudi, the Ministry of Labor has been forced to create stronger efforts to prevent fake employment by expatriates.

January 25, 2014

A suicide bomber struck Cairo police headquarters on Friday, the first of three bombings in the Egyptian capital that killed five people ahead of the anniversary of the 2011 uprising. [AFP]
23:04 GMT

The United States and Saudi Arabia on Friday condemned a wave of bombings that rocked the Egyptian capital Cairo and killed at least six people and wounded several others.