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The agreement to set up an opera and national orchestra was announced on Monday by the French and Saudi ministers of culture.

The agreement to set up an opera and national orchestra was announced on Monday by the French and Saudi ministers of culture.

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

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 Romain Calvary.

Hunger games: Geopolitics of the GCC's food insecurity

Amar Diwakar

Hunger games: Geopolitics of the GCC's food insecurity

Comment: The rift between Qatar and the Saudi-UAE axis brings into sharper focus the intractable issue of food insecurity in the region, writes ...

Saudi economy in doldrums as crown prince's influence wavers

The New Arab

Saudi economy in doldrums as crown prince's influence wavers

A stalled economy and austerity drive has seen Saudi Arabia's property market take a massive hit, as millions of expats prepare to head home.

The New Arab & agencies

Saudi Arabia overhauling 'ambitious' reform plan with broader targets

Saudi Arabia is redoing an "ambitious" reform plan for its government and economy by 2020, after its launch last year overlapped with other initiatives to tackle the oil price slump.

The New Arab

Ethiopia issues 30,000 emergency passports for Saudi-stranded workers

In March, Saudi Arabia announced it was deporting undocumented migrants, granting a 90-day amnesty period in which foreigners could leave ...

The New Arab

Saudi Arabia deficit plunges by nearly three-quarters after cuts

Saudi Arabia, the world's top crude exporter, has dropped its budget deficit by 71 percent after spending cuts and a rebound in oil revenues.

The New Arab

'Sack all foreigners by 2020,' says Saudi government

Saudi Arabia's government has instructed ministry officials to end the employment of foreign workers within the next three years, affecting ...

Riyadh rolls up sleeves to tackle native unemployment Riyadh rolls up sleeves to tackle native unemployment

The New Arab & agencies

Riyadh rolls up sleeves to tackle native unemployment

Video: Saudi Arabia tackles high and rising unemployment among youths amid a bloated public sector, a heavily subsidised economy and a lack of ...

The New Arab

Saudi royal to boost French ties on official visit

Saudi Arabia's Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman will meet with French politicians on an official visit to Paris to strengthen ties ...

Saudis hail Deputy Crown Prince's planned economic reforms

The New Arab

Saudis hail Deputy Crown Prince's planned economic reforms

Saudis have praised Deputy Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman for holding an unprecedented workshop with leading figures in the kingdom to discuss ...

The Palestinian <em>national</em> project: Notes on the future

Azmi Bishara

The Palestinian national project: Notes on the future

Comment: In the second of his two-part series on the state of the Palestinian national liberation project, Azmi Bishara tackles ...

Iran's nuclear deal 3: How will Arab states react?

Azmi Bishara

Iran's nuclear deal 3: How will Arab states react?

Analysis: With the nuclear deal perhaps signalling a new era in relations between Iran and the West, Arab states threatened by Iran may take ...

The resurgence of Jim Crow discrimination in the US

Hamid Dabashi

The resurgence of Jim Crow discrimination in the US

Analysis: Discriminatory national security legislation is being used to deny Iranian students the chance to study certain science and ...

Samir al-Zabin

The Palestinian Authority's tortured relationship with the Arab Spring

Comment: The Palestinian Authority's refusal to support any of the revolts during the Arab Spring amounts to a betrayal of the Palestinian stand against oppression.

Salah Eddine al-Jorashi

Tunisia after 2011: The three lies that came undone

When Tunisian dictator Ben Ali fled the country on 14 January 2011, many commentators expected hell to break out. Instead, Tunisia has become a ...

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