Saudi Arabia

May 14, 2014

In its first public announcement on the project, SABIC did not say where the complex would be located, how much it would pay for the oil or if the crude would be subsidised
12:13 GMT

Development of the Saudi petrochemical sector is part of Riyadh's strategy for diversifying the economy away from heavy dependence on crude export revenues.

Iran's Deputy FM Hossein Amir Abdollahian's comments come in response to Saudi Arabia's invitation announced on Tuesday (Courtesy of PressTV)
08:52 GMT

Iran's Deputy Foreign Minister told reporters Wednesday that Tehran "has not received a written invitation for its foreign minister to visit Saudi Arabia," but is planning to in the near future.

Despite bombings in some areas of the country, Lebanon remains a popular tourist destination. (AFP/File)
07:58 GMT

Saudi Arabia will most likely lift the travel ban on Lebanon at the end of May.

May 13, 2014

U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel arrived in Riyadh Tuesday (Mandel Ngan/Pool/AFP)
18:00 GMT

Riyadh announced Tuesday that Saudi Arabia is "ready to negotiate" with its rival Iran.

OSN announces "Saudi Doctors" reality series (image courtesy of
05:00 GMT

A first for the Gulf, the OSN television series "Saudi Doctors" will shed light on everyday health and lifestyle issues.

Saudia has already privatized five units including catering, cargo, ground services and Saudia aerospace engineering industries.
03:55 GMT

The Shoura Council directed on Monday the General Organization for Saudi Arabian Airlines (Saudia) to present a time-bound plan to Saudize the posts of pilots at the national flag carrier.

May 12, 2014

Al Nusra Front enjoys general support from other opposition groups, while ISIL has drawn criticism for brutal attacks on civilians. (AFP/File)
17:01 GMT

The Syrian opposition group ISIL has threatened to take its war with rival opposition group al Nusra Front to Kuwait and Saudi Arabia.

May 11, 2014

Over the years, GE has developed several successful co-op programs with leading Saudi institutions
04:55 GMT

As part of its $1 billion investment commitment to the Kingdom, GE has joined hands with Saudi Aramco and Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) to launch the first all-female business process services center in Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

May 9, 2014

Sheikh Abdulaziz Al Al-Sheikh said Boko Haram "smear" the image of Islam (File/AFP)
19:06 GMT

The grand mufti of Saudi Arabia has slammed Nigerian group Boko Haram, saying the terrorists "smear the image of Islam," after 250 school girls were kidnapped near the Cameroon border.

“The WHO does not recommend the application of any travel or trade restrictions, including for upcoming pilgrimage travel to Saudi Arabia,” a statement issued by the organization said.
00:08 GMT

The World Health Organization said on Wednesday that there is no travel ban for Saudi Arabia as a result of increasing MERS cases in the country.

May 8, 2014

Egypt's health ministry has already issued warnings against children and the elderly traveling to Saudi Arabia (File/AFP)
19:25 GMT

Egypt is likely to ban pilgrims to Saudi Arabia amid growing concern over the deadly Middle East Respiratory Syndrome virus, according to a former health minister.

MERS cases have also been reported in Jordan, Egypt and the UAE (File/AFP)
16:00 GMT

Saudi Arabia reported four more people have died from the MERS virus bringing the number of infections up to 449 since 2012.

Raif Badawi has been behind bars since 2012 for allegedly insulting Islam (Image: Facebook)
15:17 GMT

Founder of a human rights group and prominent blogger Raif Badawi was sentenced to 10 years in jail, 1,000 lashes and ordered to pay a $267,000 fine for insulting Islam and adopting a liberal ideology.

May 7, 2014

Abdel Fatah al Sisi is widely expected to win the upcoming presidential elections. (AFP/File)
17:00 GMT

In the second part of Sisi's first interview since announcing his candidacy, Sisi said financial aid from the Gulf states has surpassed $20 billion since June 30.

May 6, 2014

Terrorists attacked compounds in Saudi's capital Riyadh in 2003 (File Archive)
16:08 GMT

Saudi Arabia "dismantled a terrorist organization" that was plotting to attack government facilities and foreign interests.