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July 26, 2017

With oil prices remaining relatively low, countries in the GCC are faced with the urgent need to diversify their economies. (AFP/ File)
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GCC governments face significant challenges in their economic diversification efforts amid a sustained decline in oil prices.
DP World's core business is container handling which generates more than three quarters of its revenues. (File photo)
10:52 GMT
Dubai-based DP World said the Qatar boycott did not have any serious impact on its operations and container volumes.
The agency said the foreign assets of the Saudi banks reached their highest level in May since July 2016. (AFP/ File)
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Foreign assets of the Saudi Arabian Monetary Agency (SAMA) reached around SR2 trillion by the end of May.
Earlier this month, Saudi Arabia announced it would cut crude oil shipments in August. (AFP/ File)
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Low imports of crude oil from Saudi Arabia will likely reduce US oil inventories, according to analysts.

July 25, 2017

Saudi Arabia on Monday approved the establishment of a national project for atomic energy. (File photo)
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The Saudi Cabinet has approved the establishment of a national project for atomic energy.
Saudi Arabia offered its first Riyal-denominated Sukuk to investors on Sunday this week. (File photo)
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The Saudi Ministry of Finance announces that it has received significant demand for its first domestic Sukuk issuance.
Newly-appointed Noon CEO, Faraz Khalid.
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Noon has announced the appointment of co-founder and former managing director of online fashion retailer Namshi, Faraz Khalid, as its chief executive.
By limiting jobs in grocery stores to Saudis, the country expects to generate more than 20,000 job opportunities for citizens. (AFP/ File)
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Jobs in these shops will be 100% Saudized, local daily Al-Madina reported quoting sources from the ministry of labor.
The recent decline in oil prices could weigh further on the outlook for the region's oil exporters. (File photo)
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After posting a growth rate of about 5 percent last year, the IMF said it expects the region to gain 2.6 percent this year.
Flynas revives Beirut flights with low fares starting from SR299 ($80) one way all inclusive. (Fayez Nureldine/ AFP)
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Flynas said it will return to Beirut operating four weekly flights.
ANUARY 17 2016: Hundreds gathered in Times Square to protest the Saudi government's execution of dissident sheikh Nimr Baqir al-Nimr and demand the release of Sheikh Ibrahim Zakzaky.
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Fourteen Saudi Arabians face "imminent" execution after a "grossly unfair mass trial" in which they were convicted of rioting, theft and rebellion, Amnesty International has warned.

July 24, 2017

The popular sports channels BeIN Sports, owned by the Al Jazeera Media Network, was temporarily unblocked in Saudi Arabia. (AFP/File)
11:46 GMT
A technical glitch apparently caused a number of Qatari websites and television channels to be unblocked in Saudi Arabia.
Kuwait’s oil minister Essam Al-Marzouq says deeper cuts are a possibility for OPEC and non-OPEC countries. (Yasser Al Zayyat/ AFP)
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Six OPEC and non-OPEC ministers today are due to discuss the market outlook and compliance with output cuts.

July 23, 2017

The new website “Alajnabia”, or foreigner in Arabic, aims to increase the number of women in the workforce by connecting female job seekers with recruiters. (SG)
23:07 GMT
An Algerian biomedical engineer is on a mission to make it easier for women to find work in Saudi Arabia.
Of the 200,000 job opportunities available with ride-hailing companies, 110,000 Saudis have registered so far. (Photo courtesy of Careem)
12:58 GMT
There are abundant job opportunities for young Saudis in ride-hailing companies where monthly salaries can go up to SR12,000 ($3,200).
Dammam’s residential sector has seen a marginal decline in both sale prices and rents over the past six months. (Shutterstock)
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Dammam’s residential sector has seen a marginal decline in both sale prices and rents over the past six months.
Last week a young woman, ‘Kholoud the Model’, was arrested over a video of her walking in a mini skirt through a historic Saudi town (screenshot)
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One Saudi activist has called on women to post pictures of their legs "to raise the blood pressure of Saudi [men]"
Economic growth this year for Saudi Arabia is forecast to be around 0.1 percent. (File photo)
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The IMF slashes Saudi Arabia's growth forecast.

July 22, 2017

A Saudi fishing boat  was seized by Iran's naval forces on Saturday, after it allegedly crossed into its waters (Pixabay)
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This after earlier this month Saudi coastguards shot and killed an Iranian fisherman who reportedly entered Saudi waters, exacerbating tensions between the regional rivals

July 20, 2017

The ambitious project connects Makkah with Madinah passing through Jeddah, King Abdulaziz Airport and King Abdullah Economic City in Rabigh. (Photo courtesy of Saudi Railways)
09:33 GMT
The Haramain Express Train arrived at Jeddah station for the first time in a test drive.
"It was a big shock to MbN," the source added. "It was a coup. He wasn't prepared," reports Reuters.
09:03 GMT
According to palace sources cited by Reuters, King Salman himself delivered the unexpected blow to Bin Nayef at the palace.

July 19, 2017

A frame from "Wake Me Up."
13:14 GMT
Reem Al-Bayat, a director from Saudi Arabia, took home the Best Director Award at the Madrid International Film Festival.
An Austrian soldier stands guard outside the OPEC headquarters in Vienna on November 29, 2016. (AFP/ File)
12:43 GMT
OPEC has appointed Saudi Arabia's Dr. Ayed Al-Qahtani as the new director of the Research Division.
An expat waits for his flight at the King Khalid International airport on February 16, 2017. (Fayez Nureldine/ AFP)
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Expat workers do not have to pay the fee for dependents who are in the Kingdom on a visit visa.
The world's first operational police robot stands at attention in Downtown Dubai on May 31, 2017. (AFP)
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Non-oil sectors will account for more than 80 percent of GDP in the UAE and Saudi Arabia by 2025, says a new report.
The kingdom is preparing to implement a new version of its Nitaqat program for companies from September 3. (AFP/ File)
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The kingdom will implement a new version of its Saudization program starting from September 3.
A Yemeni child suspected of being infected with cholera is checked by a doctor at a makeshift hospital. (AFP)
08:59 GMT
A UN flight carrying aid to Yemen's capital was blocked by the Saudi-led coalition, says UN official.

July 18, 2017

Sheikha Lubna Al Qasimi, UAE Minister of State for Tolerance, was voted the most powerful Arab woman in government in 2017. (Photo: Zayed University)
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Forbes ME has revealed its list of the Arab world’s most powerful women, and the UAE is on top.
AFP: A picture taken on July 17, 2017, shows the Dome of the Rock in the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in the old city of Jerusalem, after Palestinian Muslim worshippers refused to enter the compound due to newly-implemented security measures by Israeli authorities which include metal detectors and cameras.
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Can the people of Jerusalem — the living, breathing city, not just a city of heritage — ever live in peace without a clear definition of the management of holy space in Jerusalem?
The Brits want Saudi Aramco to list in London even if that means bending strict stock market rules. (AFP/ File)
13:58 GMT
Is London selling its soul to Saudi Arabia with the Aramco listing deal?
Qatar's Foreign Minister Mohammed bin Abdulrahman al-Thani. (AFP)
13:15 GMT
Qatar says it is taking all necessary steps to counter the effects of the Saudi-led blockade.
Saudi Arabia: where wearing a skirt could land you prison (screenshot)
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After a social media star was filmed in Saudi Arabia wearing a short skirt in public, Twitter was flooded with messages criticizing her dress and calling for her arrest.
Saudi Arabia plans to privatize about 16 government sectors in the first phase as part of its Vision 2030. (File photo)
12:24 GMT
Saudi Arabia says healthcare will remain free for citizens even after the privatization of the sector.
Qatar's Attorney General threatens legal action on blockade earlier this month (AFP)
09:32 GMT
Qatar’s Defense Minister hinted that his country could sue the Saudi-led bloc before the International Criminal Court

July 17, 2017

Oman keeper Ali Al Habsi
17:06 GMT
Pioneering Oman goalkeeper says goodbye to Reading as he joins Saudi’s Al Hilal
Ola Al Fares is an inspiration for girls worldwide, for her academic and journalistic success as well as her style. (Facebook: علا الفارس Ola Alfares)
14:30 GMT
You can't deny it, the Middle East is at the forefront of what's stylish and trendy.
The report, carried on a website resembling The Local, included quotes purporting to be from FIFA President Gianni Infantino.
13:18 GMT
A story claiming that six Arab nations had written to FIFA demanding that Qatar be stripped of the World Cup in 2022 was published on what appeared to be a fake version of a Swiss news website, the site's co-founder said on Sunday.
Several committees are asking for a speed-up of newly completed hospitals. (File photo)
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A single consumer protection system among GCC countries is also on the list of issues to be discussed.
Al Arabiya viewers will now have access to ArabiaWeather’s personalized weather coverage. (YouTube)
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ArabiaWeather will deliver localized weather data to Al Arabiya viewers.

July 16, 2017

Last month, FIFA published a 430-page report vindicating Qatar from allegations of wrongdoing over its World Cup bid.
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A Saudi-led coalition blockading Qatar has reportedly urged football’s governing body to strip the Gulf nation of hosting the 2022 World Cup, escalating tensions after cutting ties last month.
The low oil price environment continues to exert pressure on government revenues. (AFP/ File)
14:22 GMT
The financial sector continues to face challenges due to low oil prices.
Saudi Arabia will begin enforcing the wage protection system starting from August 1. (AFP/ File)
12:56 GMT
Saudi Arabia is enforcing a mandatory wage protection system on private companies with more than 60 employees.
Prince Khaled Al-Faisal, emir of Mecca, inaugurates the 10th edition of the annual Souk Okaz festival at Al-Arfa Historic Souk area in Taif. (Photo Courtesy of SPA)
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Saudi Arabia will launch on Sunday six of 31 initiatives to develop tourism and heritage.

July 14, 2017

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. (AFP/ Mandel Ngan)
14:00 GMT
Without making a statement or holding a news conference, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson left the Gulf on Friday after a tour that included Kuwait, Saudi Arabia and Qatar.
Qatar-based Al-Jazeera satellite channel. (AFP/ Karim Jaafar)
06:44 GMT
A quartet of Arab countries blockading Qatar could drop a key demand in their 13-point ultimatum, according to media reports.

July 13, 2017

An Afghan woman collects water from pump. (AFP)
17:00 GMT
Ahmad Ishchi, a leader from the vice president's own ethnic Uzbek tribe, accused Dostum and his bodyguards of beating him and then abducting and sexually assaulting him in November.
The “Mecca Umbrella” with its inventor. (SG)
13:34 GMT
A Saudi engineer has invented an air-conditioned umbrella that works on solar energy.
Man counting Saudi riyals. (AFP/ File)
13:02 GMT
Saudi Arabia’s gross domestic product (GDP) fell by 0.5 percent in Q1 2017.
Saudi households are among the lowest in the monthly transportation expenses. (File photo)
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Saudi households are among the lowest in the monthly transportation expenses.
US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson (R) and Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir shake hands prior to talks at the State Department on May 2, 2017. (AFP/Nicholas Kamm)
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US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson held talks on Wednesday with four Arab states boycotting Qatar as part of a round of intense shuttle diplomacy aimed at resolving the regional crisis.