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The Saudi monarch has approved a list of economic measures put forward by his son Mohammed bin Salman, designed to boost the private sector, with emphasis on technology and housing.

A news website has become the first mainstream Saudi outlet to run an article co-written by a serving Israeli army officer, adding further credence to reports of growing Saudi-Israeli relations.

Israeli intelligence minister invites Saudi crown prince to visit

Diana Alghoul

Israeli intelligence minister invites Saudi crown prince to visit

Israel's intelligence minister Yisrael Katz told Saudi media that Israel would be happy to host Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman amid rumours of rapprochement between the two countries.

Abu Dhabi: A tale of two emirates

Joe Odell

Abu Dhabi: A tale of two emirates

Comment: The recent soft power push has far more to do with strategic military interests, weapons contracts and the steady flow of oil, than ...

As Jerusalem burns, pro-MBS Saudi cleric focuses on...clean socks

The New Arab

As Jerusalem burns, pro-MBS Saudi cleric focuses on...clean socks

Prominent Saudi cleric has become the butt of jokes after failing to say anything about Jerusalem, instead addressing trivial matters like the ...

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Saudis rejoice after decades-long ban on cinemas lifted

Saudis have flooded social media to celebrate the government's decision to lift a decades-old ban on cinemas in the conservative kingdom.

Noor el-Terk and Paul McLoughlin

Saudi Arabia: A flourishing film scene but no cinemas

Saudi filmmakers have fought legal restrictions and taboos surrounding cinema to produce some of the most exciting movies in the region. None, ...

The New Arab

Saudi Arabia's top ten reforms pushed this year

Riyadh has announced that from next year cinemas will be allowed in the kingdom, the latest reform designed to attract investors and appease ...

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End of the Saudi Arabia-UAE Leonardo da Vinci mystery?

Abu Dhabi has purchased a Leonardo da Vinci masterpiece, which the UAE and Saudi Arabia will hope end rumours Mohammed bin ...

Signs of US-Saudi rift after rare Washington criticism

The New Arab

Signs of US-Saudi rift after rare Washington criticism

US State Department chief Rex Tillerson has offered some mild, but rare, criticism of Saudi Arabia's foreign policy which has been driven by the ...

Sam Fouad

On the perils of an empty State Department

Comment: The US State Department is one of the most understaffed and dysfunctional in modern history, writes Sam Fouad.

Lebanese singer dazzles Riyadh in first women-only concert

The New Arab & agencies

Lebanese singer dazzles Riyadh in first women-only concert

Hiba Tawaji, who rose to fame on France's version of The Voice, performed to a packed audience at the cavernous King Fahd Cultural Centre.

Palestinians fear violence after Trump's Jerusalem embassy move

Ylenia Gostoli

Palestinians fear violence after Trump's Jerusalem embassy move

In-depth: The Palestinian leadership will come under increasing pressure as tensions build in the region following Trump's decision to move ...

MBS's friend was mystery buyer of $450-million Jesus painting

The New Arab

MBS's friend was mystery buyer of $450-million Jesus painting

A friend of Saudi crown prince Mohammed bin Salman revealed as mystery buyer of a painting of Christ by Leonardo Da ...

Trump's Jerusalem move 'coordinated with Arab leaders'

The New Arab

Trump's Jerusalem move 'coordinated with Arab leaders'

An Israeli minister has suggested Donald Trump had obtained an 'green light' from Arab countries for his recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's ...

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Sophia the 'Saudi' robot calls for women's rights

A humanoid named Sophia who was granted Saudi citizenship last month, says she wants to fight for women's rights according to her creator.

The New Arab & agencies

Saudi prosecutor: most Ritz-Carlton detainees agree to pay up

Saudi Arabia's public prosecutor said on Tuesday most of the people detained in alleged anti-corruption campaign last month have agreed to ...

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Saudi King 'fires official over fashion show in Riyadh'

The Saudi King has fired a senior official after he attended a fashion show, which prompted a backlash online.

Romain Calvary

Arrests and 'corruption': Inside Saudi Arabia's business affairs

Comment: The arrest of Mohamed al-Amoudi is a textbook warning to local businessmen who might have been harbouring seditious designs, writes ...

How Saleh's Yemen gamble cost him his life

Sana Uqba

How Saleh's Yemen gamble cost him his life

Former President Ali Abdullah Saleh made one too many gambles during his decades in Yemeni politics, which has ultimately cost the veteran ...

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Forget Jerusalem: US-Saudi plan peddles 'alternative Palestinian capital'

A peace plan emerging from America's diplomatic push is weighted in Israel's favour, with Saudi positions on Jerusalem aligning with Trump's ...

Qatari, Saudi rulers to attend summit despite Gulf crisis

The New Arab

Qatari, Saudi rulers to attend summit despite Gulf crisis

The Qatari Emir and Saudi King will both attend a crucial summit of the Gulf Cooperation Council this week, amid a Saudi-led boycott of the ...

Jordan warns Trump against Jerusalem recognition

The New Arab

Jordan warns Trump against Jerusalem recognition

Jordan’s foreign minister has warned the US of "dangerous consequences" if it recognises Jerusalem as the capital of Israel

Palestine warns Trump against recognising Jerusalem as Israel's capital

The New Arab & agencies

Palestine warns Trump against recognising Jerusalem as Israel's capital

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas' adviser Mahmoud Habash said "the world will pay the price" for any change in Jerusalem's status.

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