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The Saudi Ministry of Labor has announced that it will prevent the recruitment of foreign engineers with less than five years of experience. (File photo)
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The Saudi Ministry of Labor has announced that it will prevent the recruitment of foreign engineers with less than five years of experience.
Qataris have taken to Twitter to tell Qataris not to take to Twitter (Pixabay)
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Qataris have taken to Twitter to tell Qataris not to take to Twitter.
Saudi Arabia's reserves continued to decline over the January-May 2017 period and stand now at $499 billion.(AFP/ File)
15:06 GMT
The report looked at the current account balances for the Gulf region in the wake of the 2014-2015 oil price collapse.
The forum will discuss joint investment opportunities between the two countries. (Shutterstock)
14:35 GMT
The forum coincides with the meeting of a high-level Saudi-Chinese committee.
King Salman attending talks at the 26th Arab League Summit in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt, on March 28, 2015. (AFP)
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The two sides are expanding ties following a visit to China by King Salman earlier this year.
Saudi Arabia's Al-Ahli FC midfielder Leonardo De Sousa (C) vies for the ball against Iranian Persepolis FC's Sadegh Moharrami Getgasari (R) during their AFC Champions League qualifying football match at the Sultan Qaboos Sports Complex in Muscat on August 22, 2017.
MOHAMMED MAHJOUB / AFP
12:51 GMT
Iran’s Persepolis have come back from 2 goals down to tie their match at 2-all with Al-Ahli of Saudi Arabia in their AFC Champions League quarter-final 1st leg at the Sultan Ghaaboos Sports Complex.

August 22, 2017

About 99 percent of 'tasattur' in Saudi Arabia is in small and medium-sized enterprises. (AFP/ File)
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About 99 percent of 'tasattur' is in SMEs, according to the governor of the General Authority for SMEs in Saudi Arabia.
Saudi Arabia is expected to face a recession in 2017, according to Bank of America. (Shutterstock)
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Saudi Arabia is expected to get a $21.3 billion boost next year from new taxes and expat fee.
A visitor takes a selfie during an exhibition of artworks depicting Qatari Emir Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani titled "Glorious Tamim: in celebration of national unity " at the garden of the Islamic Museum in Doha on August 20, 2017 (AFP)
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Saudi-owned, Dubai-based Al Arabiya, declared in a bold headline on Tuesday: “Qataris flood Twitter with hashtags demanding [the Qatari Emir] Sheikh Tamim ‘step down’”. But is it true?
Al-Hilal's defender Yasser Al-Shahrani (L) vies for the ball with Al-Ain's midfielder Caio (R) during their AFC Asian Champions League Group C football match at the Hazza Bin Zayed Stadium in Al-Ain on August 21, 2017.
KARIM SAHIB / AFP
06:44 GMT
It was an action-packed encounter right from the word go

August 21, 2017

A debate on secularism is raging in the Arab world after the hashtag “the people are ready for secularism” was launched (Wikimedia Commons)
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A debate on secularism is raging in the Arab world after the hashtag “the people are ready for secularism” was launched.
Saudi claimed that Qatar was not allowing flights to land carrying Hajj pilgrims. (AFP/File)
12:51 GMT
Saudi claimed that Qatar was not allowing flights to land carrying Hajj pilgrims.
All contractors working on public sector projects will be exempt from expatriate workers’ tax. (File photo)
10:22 GMT
All contractors working on public sector projects that began before the decision was issued in December 2016 will be exempt from expatriate workers’ tax.
The difficulty of drawing a matching second eye. (Twitter / art_dose)
08:21 GMT
Who said Arab art was dying? These beautiful pieces by some fantastic, unknown Arab artists will make your morning.

August 20, 2017

Al Ain superstar Omar Abdulrahman
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A high-octane encounter is on cards when hosts Al Ain take on Saudi Arabian giants Al Hilal in the AFC Champions League quarter-final, first leg, at the Hazza Bin Zayed Stadium on Monday. The action kicks-off at 7.50pm.
Saudi riyals. (File photo)
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Well, it all depends on the exchanged currency.
The Port fo Beirut website Friday appears to have been hacked by a group calling themselves the “Saudi Electronic Army”.
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The Port of Beirut’s website was hacked Friday by a group calling themselves the Saudi Electronic Army.
Pilgrims walk near the construction crane which crashed in Mecca's Grand Mosque on September 11, 2015, killing more than 100 and injuring over 200 others. (AFP)
11:07 GMT
The construction work is set to resume after the annual Haj season.
No instructions to stop dealing in Qatari Riyal, says Saudi Arabia. (Reuters)
10:32 GMT
Saudi Arabia denies ban on Qatari riyal dealings.

August 19, 2017

Khalifa International Stadium
20:28 GMT
The ongoing Gulf crisis has had little impact on the preparations for the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar, Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy (SC) Secretary-General Hassan al Thawadi has said.
Al Ain team
20:06 GMT
‘The friendly matches were ideal for preparation but the actual contest will be way different’
Qatar's Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani (AFP)
10:48 GMT
Saudis are being encouraged to dob in their Qatar-sympathizing countrymen via a Twitter hashtag.
“Attacks carried out by air caused over half of all child casualties, with at least 349 killed and 333 injured" (file photo)
07:47 GMT
The report claims 51 per cent of all child deaths and injuries in Yemen last year were the result of military operations by the coalition, describing the death toll as “unacceptably high”.

August 17, 2017

Through the new e-commerce store, visitors will now be able to browse and buy the entire range of HTC smartphones and accessories. (Pixabay)
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HTC has launched a new e-commerce store to bring leading innovations in smart mobile devices to consumers across Saudi Arabia.
Earlier this year, al-Sadr had called on Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to "take a historic, heroic decision" and step down. (File/Photo)
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UAE owned publications say Moqtada al-Sadr's visit to Abu Dhabi and Riyadh was triggered after the leader publicly opposed Tehran's regional politics.

August 16, 2017

Detail from Ayham Jabr's "Damascus Under Siege," which will be on display. (ReconnectingArts.com)
12:56 GMT
"Transition: Contemporary Art from the Middle East" will showcase the work of 38 modern Arab artists, and will include workshops
The report failed to look into policy in the US, where Trump is battling with courts to ban Muslims from entering the country. (AFP)
08:59 GMT
US annual religious freedom report slams its allies in the Gulf, including Saudi Arabia and Bahrain.
Syria has become a political playground for big players in the region like Saudi Arabia. (AFP)
08:53 GMT
There’s something much bigger at stake than the fate of mere Syrians in the mind of these actors: an attempt to curtail and ideologically condition the trajectory of the Arab spring.
Photo: @MnbrAlhilal
08:12 GMT
It has not even been a month since social media in the region welcomed Oman’s star goalkeeper Ali al Habsi signing a three-year deal with Saudi giant Al Hilal with thousands of tweets and Facebook posts.

August 15, 2017

This move is the latest indication of developing alliances between the gulf and Iraq. (AFP)
13:36 GMT
For the past 27 years the border has been closed aside from once annually for the Hajj pilgrimage.
The  Saudi-led embargo has forced state-owned Qatar Airways to cancel more than 50 flights a day (AFP)
11:11 GMT
Ever wondered what would happen if a Qatar airways plane defied the Saudi ban on entering its airspace?
Diplomatic ties between the two countries were severed in the wake of Saddam Hussein’s 1990 invasion of Kuwait, but are now being revived. (Christophe Simon/ AFP)
08:49 GMT
Saudi Arabia and Iraq will launch a joint trade commission, the Saudi Cabinet announced on Monday.
Half a million people have been infected with the deadly disease as refuse services have all but stopped and water is unsafe to drink in war-struck Yemen. (AFP/File)
08:45 GMT
Half a million people have been infected with the deadly disease as refuse services have all but stopped and water is unsafe to drink in war-struck Yemen.
Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman. (AFP/ File)
08:22 GMT
The authority aims to regulate the military industry in the Kingdom and monitor its performance.
Saudi Energy Minister Khalid al-Falih (R) and Iraqi Oil Minister Jabbar al-Luaybi hold a joint press conference in the Saudi Red Sea resort. (AFP)
07:59 GMT
Saudi Arabia and Iraq launch joint trade commission.

August 14, 2017

Moqtada al-Sadr. (file/photo)
16:30 GMT
Who is Iraqi Shia cleric Moqtada al-Sadr?
Saudi Arabia hosted the only three IPOs of this quarter. (File photo)
14:35 GMT
Activity in the IPO segment in the GCC region witnessed a slowdown during the second quarter of 2017, according to a new report.
Twitter is popular among internet users in Saudi Arabia
12:10 GMT
Saudi Arabia has summoned a group of Twitter users for online posts allegedly threatening the "safety and moderate ideology of society", as the kingdom aims to curb dissent and sectarianism.
The recovery in oil prices this year had been a key factor behind the reduced budget deficit. (File photo)
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Saudi Arabia’s budget deficit halved following sweeping spending cuts and a jump in oil revenues.
In excess of 2 million are expected for the Hajj this year. (File/Photo)
09:05 GMT
31 Muslim pilgrims have died whilst carrying out the annual Hajj pilgrimage.
Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. (AFP)
08:28 GMT
Iraqi Minister reveals how he has been assigned to mediate between Saudi Arabia and Iran.

August 13, 2017

Can war be declared via Twitter? Saoud al-Qahtani, whose tweets made Qataris angry (Twitter)
15:44 GMT
It was a series of tweets by Saoud al-Qahtani, an advisor to the royal court, that inspired angry Qataris to launch the tag.
Women in Saudi Arabia are now chefs.
14:09 GMT
Dhoha Abdullah has just become the first female Saudi chef.
The list of the worst 10 airports around the world has Jeddah at the top, followed by South Sudan and Nigeria closing the top three. (AFP)
13:22 GMT
Jeddah's King Abdulaziz International Airport has been ranked the worst airport in the world for 2016.
The extremist group eventually set up a base in Qatar, despite Saudi and the UAE attempting to host them. (AFP)
13:06 GMT
The extremist group eventually set up a base in Qatar, despite Saudi and the UAE attempting to host them.
The parks are expected to generate an estimated SAR130 billion ($34.6 billion) and draw 5.6 million visitors annually. (File photo)
12:47 GMT
Saudi Arabia is looking to build 24 parks across the kingdom in partnership with the private sector.
The civil war has devastated the already poor country. (AFP/File)
12:22 GMT
The civil war has devastated the already poor country.
Profitability at the five largest Saudi banks could be pressured going into 2018, according to Moody's. (File photo)
12:14 GMT
Profitability at the five largest Saudi banks could be pressured going into 2018.
The Saudi regime is killing its own people, and the world needs to pay attention. (Twitter)
10:42 GMT
The Saudi regime is killing its own people, and the world needs to pay attention.
The new Value-Added Tax (VAT) will be implemented in Saudi Arabia from January 1 next year simultaneously with other GCC countries. (File photo)
10:31 GMT
Companies with annual turnover of SR375,000 or more have until August 26 to register for the new Value-Added Tax (VAT).

August 12, 2017

A 2010 protest against the death penalty worldwide in Geneva, Switzerland (Flickr)
15:00 GMT
Ten Nobel laureates from across the world have called on King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to "extend the hand of mercy" to the 14 men.
"Proud to be queer and Muslim", London Gay Pride Parade, 2010 (Flickr)
11:42 GMT
After a hashtag last week called for the arrest of Saudi’s “incomplete” gay men, a new viral trend is calling for “coexistence with homosexuals”.

August 10, 2017

Photo: @AlNassrFC
21:09 GMT
Ghaly, who earlier played for Al-Nassr in 2009, makes a return...
Qatif, an area in the eastern province of Saudi Arabia. (File/photo)
08:39 GMT
Saudi forces claim they have 'control' over the Shia-majority east, and are winding down their campaign.