October 20, 2013
Pilgrims spent around 18 billion Saudi riyals across all sectors, compared to around 26bn riyals during hajj 2012.
On Friday, Riyadh turned down the opportunity to have a non-permanent seat on the UN Security Council. Why?
UN ambassadors from the Arab world are urging Saudi Arabia to reconsider its decision to forgo its non-permanent member seat of the UN Security Council, but their calls are being challenged by the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) and Qatar who backing the kingdom's decision.
October 18, 2013
Although a contraction in the oil sector has affected real GDP growth, the consumer continues to be buoyed by gains made in the non-hydrocarbon sector as well as by high governmental expenditure.
Saudi Arabia said on Friday it refuses to accept its rotating U.N. Security Council seat, saying the council is incapable of ending wars and resolving conflicts.
Approximately 1.4 million Muslim pilgrims from 188 countries started leaving Saudi Arabia at the end of a largely incident-free haj.
October 17, 2013
Saudi Arabia was elected to serve as a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council Thursday.
Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah bin Abdelaziz called for Muslim unity and dialogue Wednesday as other KSA officials negotiated a weapons purchase amounting to 6.8 billion USD with the US Pentagon to "stay ahead" of its rival Iran.
October 14, 2013
While restaurants and food stalls near the Grand Mosque remain busy, gold stores remained empty, with shopkeepers looking bored, flicking through magazines and playing with mobile phones.
Hotel prices in Dubai are now considered the highest worldwide.
October 13, 2013
The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and France stressed the need for a stable Egypt and called for the international community to provide more support to the Syrian opposition.
October 12, 2013
1.325 million pilgrims were transported to the holy sites on Friday.
October 10, 2013
Two more Saudis have died of the MERS coronavirus a few days before the HAJ, which begins on Sunday.
Saudi Arabia announced Thursday that the Kingdom is MERS-free ahead of Sunday's annual hajj.
October 9, 2013
Saudi Arabia issued a warning to Muslim pilgrims Wednesday to not use next week's hajj for "political purposes."