Saudi Arabia

September 9, 2014

Mecca Great Mosque. [AFP]
16:20 GMT

Saudis deny rumors that would allow direct flights from Israel for Haj

September 8, 2014

The first female defendant was sentenced to 15 years, while the other women were found guilty of luring other women to join the group. (Photo for illustrative purposes only: AFP/File Archive).
18:00 GMT

Five women, of whom four Saudis and one Yemeni, are set to be tried by a specialized criminal court for terror-related activities.

September 7, 2014

The new causeway, a terrestrial link, will be called the “King Hamad Causeway”.
14:08 GMT

The new link is expected to consolidate economic, social and cultural relations and cooperation between Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries, of which Saudi Arabia and Bahrain are members.

Islamic State militants threatened to strike Saudi Arabia during Eid-Adha, according to reports (File/AFP)
07:35 GMT

Saudi Arabia tightened security along the borders with Iraq by announcing plans to build a five-layer security fence, amid growing threats for the Islamic State.

September 4, 2014

Over 60 per cent of low-cost Hajj slots were filled within the first 24 hours of going on sale (File/AFP)
12:01 GMT

Saudi Arabia's Hajj Ministry released more low-cost slots for for the annual pilgrimage.

Saudi Arabia has approved a number of new airport development projects worth more than SR5 billion ($1.33 billion), according to reports.
04:55 GMT

The projects include building a new airport at Jazan called the King Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz Airport and the expansion of the airport in Arar.

September 3, 2014

Crystal Lagoons Corp is the world's leading company for luxury lagoons and resorts (Image: Hospitality Business)
12:19 GMT

The leading world developer of giant crystalline lagoons has unveiled a massive 8-hectare project in the Prince Sultan Cultural Centre to build hotels, a medical city, educational facilities, villas and apartments.

September 2, 2014

Saudi Interior ministry's spokesman Mansour al-Turki. [AFP]
16:00 GMT

Saudi Arabia says it has arrested 88 men who are suspected of being part of an Al-Qaeda cell that was plotting attacks inside and outside of the kingdom.

Emirates NBD will expand operations in Saudi, according to the company's CEO, Shayne Nelson (File/AFP)
12:03 GMT

Dubai's largest bank, Emirates NBD, is looking to increase its presence in Saudi Arabia, CEO of the company announced.

Siemens will construct static var compensators across several substations in Saudi Arabia (File)
11:39 GMT

German technology giant Siemens won two contracts with Saudi Electricity Company to construct static var compensators (SVCs), across the kingdom.

Total earnings across the GCC rocketed by 11 percent to $33 billion in comparison to the same period in 2013 (File/AFP)
11:03 GMT

UAE corporate earnings increased by 16 percent in the first half of the year, surpassing the average growth rate for the GCC region.


He said laboratory tests before arrival were “strictly required” by the Labor Ministry for all foreigners coming from West Africa.
05:35 GMT

The Kingdom on Monday stopped granting visas to workers from Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, the countries worst-hit by the deadly Ebola virus.

September 1, 2014

The Starbucks program is currently available in Bahrain, Kuwait, UAE, Qatar, Oman, Saudi, Lebanon, Jordan and Egypt (File/AFP)
08:15 GMT

Global coffee chain Starbucks launched a 'Branded Solutions' scheme, where businesses in the MENA region can supply quality coffee to the workplace.

The Saudi Ministry of Housing has rejected more than 300,000 applications for housing, while accepting more than 620,000 applications deemed eligible for the housing aid.
04:55 GMT

The shunned applicants argued that most of the rules by the Ministry of Housing are not clear.

August 31, 2014

US President Barack Obama and King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia. [AFP]
08:20 GMT

Saudi Arabia’s monarch King Abdullah has warned that the West will be the next target of the ISIL Takfiri terrorists sweeping across Syria and Iraq, unless there is "rapid" action.