Saudi Arabia's grand mufti, Abdul-Aziz ibn Abdullah Al ash-Sheikh. (AFP/File)
January 16, 2017 - 13:44 GMT
The Grand Mufti has a prestigious religious position in Saudi Arabia. He is the Mufti of all Muslin Sunnis around the world, since Saudi Arabia represents and leads all Muslims religiously.
A Yemeni man has been sentenced to 21 years in prison for insulting Islam (Pixabay)
January 16, 2017 - 10:35 GMT
A Yemeni resident of the ultraconservative kingdom has been sentenced to 21 years in prison over posts on his Facebook page.
The girls embrace their surgeon during a return visit to Saudi Arabia several years ago (screenshot)
January 16, 2017 - 08:57 GMT
Old footage has resurfaced as Saudis celebrate their country's pioneering medical achievements.
The facilities sector is key to having three Saudi cities among the top 100 in the world, which is one of the aims of Vision 2030. (Shutterstock/Fedor Selivanov)
January 16, 2017 - 08:02 GMT
The FM market in Saudi Arabia is worth $20-$29 billion per annum with ten percent annual growth, according to Credo Consulting.
The resignations coincided with the introduction of new reforms by the ministry last year that tie public sector worker bonuses to a mandatory assessment and allow them to be fired.  (Twitter)
January 16, 2017 - 06:18 GMT
Nearly 1,500 employees resigned from Saudi government jobs in 2016, coinciding with the introduction of new reforms that included linking bonuses to mandatory assessment and possible dismissal.
Saudi Arabia national football team
January 15, 2017 - 15:53 GMT
Saudi national football team beat Cambodia 7-2 in a friendly match held at Sheikh Zayed Sports City in Abu-Dhabi yesterday as part of the Saudi team's preparatory camp in preparation for the away phase of world cup 2018 qualifying tournament.
Saudi Arabia's highest-ranking cleric has called cinemas and singing concerts as harmful and corrupting. (
January 15, 2017 - 10:01 GMT
Saudi Arabia's highest-ranking cleric has called cinemas and singing concerts as harmful and corrupting.
Tourist visits for the purpose of attending exhibitions and conferences represents more than 15% of total tourism in the kingdom. (
January 15, 2017 - 08:00 GMT
The number of licensed activities, including exhibitions, forums, conferences, workshops and meetings held in 2016 in Saudi Arabia reached 8,758 in 2016.
Saida Ahmad Baghili, an 18-year-old Yemeni woman. (AFP/File)
January 15, 2017 - 08:00 GMT
Yemen's devastating conflict of more than two years is putting increasing numbers of people in the poor Arab country at risk of malnutrition. Humanitarian agencies warn that some areas in Yemen are on the brink of famine.
The flynas order from Airbus is for up to 100 A320neos, including purchasing options, according to Reuters.   (flynas)
January 12, 2017 - 12:30 GMT
The order, which would replace and expand a fleet of leased A320s, would give flynas one of the largest Middle East low cost fleets after state-owned flydubai.
The Saudi government recently indicated that it will be implemented in the first quarter of 2018, against an earlier intention to adopt VAT by January 1, 2018. (Shutterstock)
January 12, 2017 - 11:00 GMT
If VAT is to be introduced on January 1, 2018, the corporate sector needs a VAT framework agreement at least six months prior to the implementation to prepare themselves for the new levy.
This little girl won support from Saudis across Twitter (screenshot)
January 12, 2017 - 10:27 GMT
The infant was returned to her mother after videos of the abuse were shared widely online.
Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Doha property markets have emerged stronger owing to international projects, foreign investment flows and growing population. (Shutterstock)
January 12, 2017 - 08:00 GMT
Despite oil-price fluctuations, volatile stock markets and geopolitical uncertainty, the region's real-estate sector remains resilient and is expected to register growth at a slow pace in 2016 and beyond.
A desire to diversify investment beyond the domestic market has also been a key driver for Saudis investing in Dubai real estate. (Shutterstock)
January 11, 2017 - 11:09 GMT
Capital growth, the wider range of properties available and limitations on the ability to buy off-plan projects at home are key reasons for the continued popularity of Dubai properties among Saudi investors.
Arrivals at Jeddah Airport. (AFP/Fayez Nureldine)
January 11, 2017 - 09:00 GMT
The new measure allowing foreign investors to obtain business visas electronically within a day became effective January 1, with the process for visit visas for commercial firms to follow shortly.
Mecca's Chamber of Commerce estimates losses at SR60billion as a result of the curb on visitor numbers.  (Shutterstock/Nawawi Malezya)
January 11, 2017 - 07:00 GMT
Local businesses that have suffered financially from the 20 percent reduction in the quota of Haj pilgrims are elated that the quota has been removed after four years.