Saudi Arabia

May 18, 2014

“It is the largest concrete raft in the world. In places, the thickness is five metres,” said Hammoud.
03:55 GMT

The over one kilometre tall Kingdom Tower will replace Dubai’s Burj Khalifa, 828 metres tall, as the highest in the world.

May 17, 2014

Around 520 MERS cases have been recorded in Saudi Arabia since 2012 (File/AFP)
14:56 GMT

The Saudi Health Ministry reported three further deaths from the MERS virus bringing the total number of fatalities to 163 as concern amounts over preparations for Hajj in the coming months.

May 15, 2014

Egyptian actress Yasmine Abdel Aziz on pilgrimage to Mecca (Image: Facebook)
08:19 GMT

She dutifully donned her hijab for the Umrah pilgrimage to Mecca and shared her religious look for all her Facebook fans to see.

May 14, 2014

Al-Awaji noted that the Kingdom has electric links with the Gulf Cooperation Council countries while Egypt is linked with eight eastern Arab countries
19:09 GMT

" The Kingdom can import electricity from Egypt during the day time and re-export it in the evening," he said.

US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel speaks during the opening session of the Gulf Cooperation Council on May 14, 2014 in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. (AFP PHOTO/POOL/MANDEL NGAN)
19:00 GMT

U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel urged Gulf Arab states to unite against common security threats, despite a splintering of unity over Qatar's support of the Muslim Brotherhood.

Hagel arrived in Saudi Arabia Tuesday as part of his regional tour where he will adress pressing issues such as the conflict in Syria and Iran's nuclear negotiations with the West (Mandel Ngan/Pool/AFP)
13:56 GMT

The U.S. called on its Gulf ally Saudi Arabia Wednesday to "confront common threats" with Washington in the region, particular in terms of Iran.

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 arabnews.com).
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.