Saudi Arabia

September 28, 2014

Hajj is one of the Five Pillars, the five core acts in Islam that serve as the foundation of Muslim life. All Muslims must perform the mandatory pilgrimage to Mecca at, so lo least one time, if they are physically and financially able to do so. A tall order, as the experience isn’t cheap.
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Hajj 2014: Countdown to the Islamic Pilgrimage

September 25, 2014

Saudi Arabia sent Egypt $3 billion worth of refined oil products from April up to the first week of this month, an official from Egypt’s state oil company told Reuters on Thursday.
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The petroleum aid has not, however, managed to noticeably ease Egypt’s energy frequent power cuts, even in upscale areas.

September 24, 2014

DAMAS, the Middle East's leading jewelry and watch retailer, has bolstered its presence in the region with the launch of its first luxury boutique in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
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As part of Damas’s redefined global strategy, the brand has divided its retail stores into two formats - ‘Damas’ and ‘Damas Collections’.

Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zariff (left), met with his Saudi counterpart Prince Saud al-Faisal to discuss regional affairs with little outcome (File/AFP)
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A meeting between foreign ministers from Saudi Arabia and Iran to tackle regional developments had no positive outcome, sources said.

President Obama met with representatives from five Arab nations that joined the US in Syrian airstrikes, as well as Iraq, during a meeting on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly meeting, September 23, 2014 (Saul Loeb/ AFP).
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U.S. President Barack Obama will go before the United Nations General Assembly and seek specific promises of military, financial or humanitarian support from each country against the Islamic State.

September 15, 2014

Pilgrims performing the Haj (AFP/ File Archive).
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The Jordanian government has confirmed that it issues temporary passports for Arab-Israeli passport holders to perform the Haj.

September 14, 2014

Saudi Foreign Ministry spokesman Osama Nugali [AFP]
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Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Ministry says the kingdom plans to reopen its embassy in the Iraqi capital of Baghdad once the situation improves in Iraq.

September 11, 2014

Syria's Islamist Ahrar al-Sham group  members taking part in a training session at an undisclosed location in Syria. [AFP]
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American officials say Saudi Arabia has agreed to a request from the US administration to provide bases to train foreign-backed militants fighting against the Syrian government.

“Saudi Arabia has already shown strong interest in strengthening its green building presence."
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International experts expect to see more organizations in Saudi Arabia take action to make existing buildings more efficient.

September 10, 2014

 A consortium of international fragrance retailers has launched the International Group of Luxury Fragrances in Saudi Arabia.
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The Group is dedicated to enriching the olfactory experience with a deeper understanding of international fragrances.

OPEC also publishes production figures from secondary sources, a legacy of past OPEC disagreements about countries’ reported output figures.
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In the report, OPEC cut its 2014 global oil demand growth forecast for a third consecutive month and also reduced its assessment of the requirement for its members’ crude oil.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is expected to attend. (AFP/File)
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Saudi Arabia has called a conference on counter-terrorism Thursday in Jeddah.

September 9, 2014

Mecca Great Mosque. [AFP]
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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).
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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”.
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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.