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Saudi Arabia has announced that electronic purchases are subject to the value added tax (VAT), effective January 1. (File photo)
December 14, 2017 - 13:48 GMT
Saudi Arabia has announced that electronic purchases are subject to the value added tax (VAT).
The UAE, Saudi Arabia and Bahrain have raised their interest rates today. Kuwait's interest rate remains unchanged. (File photo)
December 14, 2017 - 13:03 GMT
Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Bahrain said they were raising their interest rates following a decision by the US Federal Reserve to increase interest rates by 25 basis points.
King Salman on Thursday issued a decree allocating SR72 billion ($19.2 billion) of stimulus funds to support the private sector in 2018. (AFP/ File)
December 14, 2017 - 11:12 GMT
King Salman on Thursday issued a decree allocating SR72 billion ($19.2 billion) of stimulus funds to support the private sector in 2018.
Saudi foreign affairs minister Adel Al Jubeir (L) is welcomed by French foreign affairs minister Jean Yves Le Drian upon his arrival for a summit from the underfunded G5 Sahel anti-terror coalition on Dec. 13, 2017 (Ludovic MARIN/AFP)
December 14, 2017 - 09:28 GMT
Saudi Arabia on Wednesday has pledged $100 million towards a multination anti-terror force fighting extremist groups in the Sahel region of West Africa.
Saudi Arabia's most well-known businessman Prince Alwaleed bin Talal is still under arrest. (Getty)
December 13, 2017 - 20:47 GMT
Saudi Arabia is reportedly planning to set up a unit to manage assets handed over as settlements by officials and princes accused of corruption.
The first multiplexes are expected to open in March 2018, and experts predict that by 2030 there will be more than 300 cinemas across the Kingdom (AFP/File)
December 13, 2017 - 18:00 GMT
The first multiplexes are expected to open in March 2018, and experts predict that by 2030 there will be more than 300 cinemas across the Kingdom.
Group photo at the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) summit on last week's US recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital, on December 13, 2017 in Istanbul. - Edited photo (YASIN AKGUL / AFP)
December 13, 2017 - 14:59 GMT
In the hours before and since yesterday’s announcement that the U.S. will recognize Jerusalem as the Israeli capital countries across the Arab world condemned the move.
Saudi women attend a rare cinema screening at a film festival in Riyadh in October 2017 (Fayez Nureldine/AFP)
December 12, 2017 - 18:00 GMT
Cinemas existed in Saudi Arabia’s major cities about half-a-century ago. Westerners working for the California State Oil Company (later Aramco) were the first to introduce cinemas to Saudis.
The supervisor of the cinema sector, Fahd Al-Muammar, said that GCAM, as the sector regulator, would begin preparing the necessary practical steps and procedures for running cinema houses in the Kingdom (AFP/File)
December 12, 2017 - 16:00 GMT
In a media statement, the supervisor of the cinema sector, Fahd Al-Muammar, said that GCAM, as the sector regulator, would begin preparing the necessary practical steps and procedures for running cinema houses in the Kingdom.
Despite some enthusiasm for the hashtag “boycott American restaurants,” the campaign has been marred by concerns that it is ineffective and will predominantly harm Saudis (Twitter/@wj880)
December 12, 2017 - 15:27 GMT
Calls for cutting ties with the U.S. and boycotting their goods have spread across the Middle East since its president declared Jerusalem the Israeli capital last week.
The Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region saw 400 percent more IPOs in 2017 compared to the same period of 2016, according to a new report. (AFP/ File)
December 11, 2017 - 18:00 GMT
The Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region saw 400 percent more IPOs in 2017 compared to the same period of 2016, according to a report by Ernst & Young.
December 10, 2017 - 20:14 GMT
Russia is seeking new buyers for its gas supplies, with Saudi Arabia a potential market for Moscow's newly-exploited Arctic gas.
Kamel will be playing the role of an Arab woman called Fatma, in the thriller created by Oscar-nominated screenwriter David Hare.(Source: Instagram - @ahdkamel)
December 10, 2017 - 14:04 GMT
After starring in the first feature — Wadjda — to ever be shot completely in Saudi Arabia, Saudi actress Ahd Kamel is set to make all Arabs proud with another huge step!
Daoud Kuttab is an award winning journalist, born in Bethlehem, who has worked in Jerusalem covering the occupation and fighting for press freedom in both Palestinian and Israeli media. (Al Bawaba)
December 07, 2017 - 16:32 GMT
Award winning journalist Daoud Kuttab, born in Bethlehem, has reported on occupied Jerusalem for decades and talks to Al Bawaba about how President Trump's announcement to move the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem is detrimental to both peace and the American people.
An official said Mecca applies simulation programs to ensure the smooth flow of crowds at Mecca's Grand Mosque. (File photo)
December 07, 2017 - 13:43 GMT
The General Presidency for the Affairs of the Grand Mosque and the Prophet’s Mosque said it applies simulation programs to ensure the smooth flow of traffic in the mataf courtyard.
December 07, 2017 - 07:27 GMT
In a rare signal of disagreement with close ally Saudi Arabia, President Donald Trump urged the kingdom Wednesday to immediately lift its embargo of Yemen, citing the impoverished nation's humanitarian crisis.