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High tensions and ongoing trade war between US and China has shaken the global economy. The Middle East could become one of the main battlefields between them, writes Stasa Salacanin.

Saudi Arabia has banned foreign shepherds from grazing livestock on its territory after a blockade on Qatar led to the deaths of hundreds of stranded camels last year.

Saudi wealth fund takes out unprecedented $11bn loan

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Saudi wealth fund takes out unprecedented $11bn loan

The kingdom is increasingly cash-strapped as it seeks funds to finance its expensive and sweeping economic and social reform programmes.

Britain drifts towards repressive regimes as no-deal Brexit looms

Jonathan Fenton-Harvey

Britain drifts towards repressive regimes as no-deal Brexit looms

Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Israel jostle for position at the top of the Conservative government's list of ideal trading partners, writes Jonathan ...

Donald Trump: Gunrunner for hire

William Hartung

Donald Trump: Gunrunner for hire

Comment: The US administration going all out in selling the most dangerous weapons to the most dangerous people, writes William Hartung.

Courtney Freer

What's behind the stalled Saudi Aramco IPO?

Comment: The IPO would have meant increased international scrutiny, and with other funding sources emerging, Saudi Arabia can afford to sidestep it a while longer, writes Courtney Freer.

The New Arab & agencies

Saudi Arabia shelves Aramco IPO: report

The proposed Aramco IPO was the centerpiece of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman's "Vision 2030" reform programme, which aims to wean ...

The New Arab

Saudis in talks to take Tesla private: Elon Musk

Tesla chief executive Elon Musk said he was in talks with Saudi Arabia's sovereign wealth fund and other investors to take the electric ...

Mona Alami

Iraq's protests are about more than corrupt elites

Comment: In addition to anger over corruption and the lavish lives of the elites, the effects of climate change are compounding resentment in ...

Saudi Prince Alwaleed buys $250m stake in Snapchat

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Saudi Prince Alwaleed buys $250m stake in Snapchat

Saudi Arabia's royal tycoon Prince Alwaleed bin Talal announced on Tuesday he had bought a 2.3% stake of tech company Snap, who owns picture ...

CJ Werleman

Apple boss Wozniak gets fingers into Saudi pie

Comment: Tech giant and entrepreneur Steve Wozniak is rubber stamping the Saudi monarchy's efforts to rehabilitate its global reputation, writes ...

Pyramids FC: Meet Cairo's new mega-club

Uri Levy

Pyramids FC: Meet Cairo's new mega-club

How can a brand new Egyptian team be in the same spending leagues as AC Milan, Marseille, Porto and a host of Chinese clubs? Meet Pyramids FC...

Hacking the hajj: Saudis seek solutions to pilgrimage problems

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Hacking the hajj: Saudis seek solutions to pilgrimage problems

The kingdom's first ever hackathon saw men and women programmers hunched over laptops exploring ways to improve the safety of the annual hajj ...

Trump hotel 'received financial boost' after Saudi royal visit

The New Arab

Trump hotel 'received financial boost' after Saudi royal visit

A visit by Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to New York gave Donald Trump's hotel in the city a big boost.

Imprisoned women activists betray real Saudi 'vision'

Sarah Al-Otaibi

Imprisoned women activists betray real Saudi 'vision'

Comment: Until male guardianship is abolished, lifting the driving ban amounts to little more than a cosmetic rebranding effort, writes Sarah ...

The New Arab

Tony Blair consultancy firm 'working with Saudi government'

Tony Blair's consultancy firm is working with the Saudi government, according a report in UK press.

The New Arab & agencies

Saudi Arabia signs deal for five Spanish warships

Saudi Arabia's state-owned defence company has forged a deal with Spanish shipbuilder Navantia for a joint venture to build five warships, state ...

The New Arab & agencies

FIFA fines Egypt over prohibited World Cup game

The football governing body has shown Egypt the red card over a warm-up game.

The New Arab & agencies

Saudi Aramco looks to buy stake in petrochemical firm

The state-owned oil giant is looking to boost its petrochemicals portfolio to help attract investors ahead of its much-touted stock market ...

Palestine delegation makes UN presentation despite US visa delays

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Palestine delegation makes UN presentation despite US visa delays

Alleged attempts by the US and Israel to scupper Palestine's efforts to present a report on poverty in the occupied territories have failed, ...

The New Arab

Sky's the limit: Aviation schools open to Saudi women

Saudi women will now be able to learn how to fly, with aviation schools opening their doors to female applicants following the lifting of a ...

Saudi reforms meaningless as long as male guardianship persists

Malia Bouattia

Saudi reforms meaningless as long as male guardianship persists

Comment: The locking up of activists serves as a reminder that the Kingdom is neither interested in women's rights, nor in greater ...

Egypt planning <em>2030</em> World Cup bid despite economic woes

The New Arab

Egypt planning 2030 World Cup bid despite economic woes

Despite a severe austerity drive, Egypt wants to become the second African country to host the international football tournament.

Expat Exodus: 'fake Saudisation' failing to tackle rampant unemployment

The New Arab

Expat Exodus: 'fake Saudisation' failing to tackle rampant unemployment

The government-engineered 'expat exodus' has failed to bring down unemployment, which instead increased in the kingdom, as locals shun ...

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