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U.S. Urges Saudi Arabia To Give Up Special Developing Nation Status At WTO

The United States called on Saudi Arabia on Wednesday to renounce its special and differential treatment in negotiations at the World Trade Organization (WTO), nothing the G20 member was designed as a high – income country by the World Bank. ‘Saudi Arabia is a wealthy and influential player in the global economy’, Washington said in … More U.S. Urges Saudi Arabia To Give Up Special Developing Nation Status At WTO

Saudi Arabia To Provide Free COVID-19 Vaccines In Pharmacies: Health Minister

Saudi Arabia will provide coronavirus vaccines in pharmacies around the Kingdom for free, the country’s Minister of Health  Dr. Tawfik al – Rabiah told Al Araiya on Wednesday. This comes as part of efforts to expand the ongoing inoculation campaign and facilitate access to vaccine sites, he added. Over 100 vaccine centers have opened around … More Saudi Arabia To Provide Free COVID-19 Vaccines In Pharmacies: Health Minister

BAFTA Announces All British Nominees For EE Rising Star Award

‘One Night In Miami’ actor Kingsley Ben – Adir and ‘The Personal History of David Cooperfield’ actress Morfydd Clark are among this year’s nominees for the EE Rising Star Award, the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) said on Wednesday. The list of five contenders, all British, also includes ‘Rocks’ actress Bukky Bakray, Conrad … More BAFTA Announces All British Nominees For EE Rising Star Award

Blinken Calls On Yemen’s Houthis To Match Saudi, Yemen Go’vt Commitment To End War

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said on Monday that Saudi Arabia and the government of Yemen are ‘committed and eager’ to find a way to end the war in Yemen and called on the Houthi group to do the same. Speaking after a visit to the region by his Yemen envoy Tim Lenderking, Blinken … More Blinken Calls On Yemen’s Houthis To Match Saudi, Yemen Go’vt Commitment To End War

Saudi Plans To Order 70 Jets From Airbus, Boeing Jets, Says Report

State – owned Saudi Arabian Airlines (SAUDIA) plans to order 70 airliners from Airbus and Boeing, Saudi news outlet Maaal reported on Monday, citing unidentified sources. Saudia is in talks with local banks to raise 11.5 billion riyals ($3.07 billion) to partly finance an order for Airbus A321 narrow – bodied jets and Boeing 777 … More Saudi Plans To Order 70 Jets From Airbus, Boeing Jets, Says Report

Saudi Arabia’s Inaugural Red Sea International Film Festival Unveils New Dates

Saudi Arabia’s inaugural Red Sea International Film Festival has confirmed it will take place in November in Jeddah after it was postponed last March due to the COVID-19 pandemic, according to organizers. ‘The 1st edition of the Red Sea International Film Festival will take place from the 11th to the 20th of November 2021 in … More Saudi Arabia’s Inaugural Red Sea International Film Festival Unveils New Dates

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman Attends Formula E Race In Diriyah

Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is attending the final race Formula E’s seventh season double – header event in Saudi Arabia’s Diriyah on Saturday. Attendees in the crowd can be heard shouting well wishes to the Crown Prince, who recently left hospital following a successful to treat appendicitis. Saudi Arabia is currently hosting … More Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman Attends Formula E Race In Diriyah

Saudi Crown Prince Receives Phone Call From Iraqi PM

Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman discussed his current health situation in a phone call with Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa Al – Kadhimi, state news agency SPA reported. The Crown Prince further thanked Al – Kadhimi for his concerns. The Crown Prince underwent a successful surgical procedure on Wednesday morning to treat appendicitis at … More Saudi Crown Prince Receives Phone Call From Iraqi PM

Diriyah E-Prix Night Race Will Be ‘Historic’ Occasion: Prince Khalid

It is all systems go for 2021/2021 ABB FIA Formula E World Championship season as the first of the Diriyah E – Prix double – header of races on Friday prepares to get under starter\s orders in Riyadh. History will once again be made when the single – seater series, given championship status by the … More Diriyah E-Prix Night Race Will Be ‘Historic’ Occasion: Prince Khalid

US President Biden Calls Saudi Arabia’s King Salman: White House

US President Biden Thursday called Saudi Arabia’s King Salman, according to the White House. The call was ‘to address the longstanding partnership between the United States and Saudi Arabia’, a White House statement said. Regional security, including Washington’s diplomatic efforts to end the war in Yemen, was discussed. ‘The US commitment to help Saudi Arabia … More US President Biden Calls Saudi Arabia’s King Salman: White House

Digital Vaccination Passports Likely Available Before Summer, Merkel Says

Digital vaccination certification enabling people to travel in Europe despite the coronavirus pandemic will probably be available before the summer, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said after a virtual EU Summit. ‘Everyone agreed that we need a digital vaccination certificate’, Merkel told a press conference on Thursday, adding the EU Commission would need around three months … More Digital Vaccination Passports Likely Available Before Summer, Merkel Says

Saudi Prince Khalid Bin Salman Discusses Defense Relations With U.K.

Saudi Deputy Defense Minister Prince Khalid bin Salman held a phone call with British Secretary Ben Wallace to discuss defense relations between both countries. ‘Had a good call with the United Kingdom Defense Secretary Ben Wasllace to discuss defense relations between out two friendly countries, and our common interests in achieving regional and international stability’, … More Saudi Prince Khalid Bin Salman Discusses Defense Relations With U.K.

Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Undergoes Successful Surgery

Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman underwent surgery Wednesday to treat appendicitis, the Saudi Press Agency Reported. According to the SPA, the laparoscopic surgery, which was performed at King Faisal Specialist Hospital in Riyad, was successful. The crown prince has since been discharged from the hospital.

Saudi Arabia Crown’s Prince Launces Soudah Develop Company With Investment Of SR 11 Billion

Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has announced the launch of Soudah Development Company (SDC) in the Asir region that will lead the development of a luxury mountain destination and will infuse $3 billion (SAR 11 billion) into infrastructure and tourism projects, according to a statement. The statement added that the  new entry is … More Saudi Arabia Crown’s Prince Launces Soudah Develop Company With Investment Of SR 11 Billion

UK’S Prince Philip To Stay In Hospital, Son Edward Says He Is A Lot Better

Britain’s Prince Philip will remain in hospital for several days where he is comfortable and responding to treatment, Buckingham Palace said on Tuesday, while he is getting ‘a lot better‘ his son Prince Edwards told Sky News. ‘The Duke of Edinburgh remains at King Edward VII’s Hospital where he is receiving medical attention for an … More UK’S Prince Philip To Stay In Hospital, Son Edward Says He Is A Lot Better

Saudi Imports From Turkey Tumble In December After Informal Boycott

The value of Saudi Arabia’s imports from Turkey in December dropped to their lowest level in at least a year, Saudi official data showed on Wednesday, on the back of an informal boycott by Saudi businessmen and retailers of Turkish products. Political tensions spilled over into trade between the two regional powers last year after … More Saudi Imports From Turkey Tumble In December After Informal Boycott

Kuwait Closes Sea, Land Borders With Certain Exceptions For Citizens, Workers

Kuwait announces it will be closing its land and sea border crossings with certain exceptions made for shipping workers and returning citizens and their immediate family members and companions, according to a decision by the country’s Council of Ministers. Exceptions were made for shipping operations and workers in the divided zone, according to the announcement. … More Kuwait Closes Sea, Land Borders With Certain Exceptions For Citizens, Workers

Oman Suspends Entry Of Travelers From Several Countries Amid COVID-19 Spike

Oman has announced it is suspending entry of travellers from  several countries, including Sudan and Lebanon, amid a recent spike in coronavirus cases. The suspension of entry for travellers will include the following countries: Sudan, Lebanon, Brazil, South Africa, Nigeria, Tanzania, Ghana, Ethiopia, Guinea, and Sierra Leone. ‘The suspension of entry will also apply to … More Oman Suspends Entry Of Travelers From Several Countries Amid COVID-19 Spike

Russia, Saudi Arabia At Odds Over Output Deal Ahead Of OPEC+ Meeting – RIA Cites Source

Saudi Arabia and Russia have difference over a potential deal among OPEC+ oil producers that could ease curbs on supply starting in April, a source told RIA news week. The Organization of the  Petroleum Exporting Countries and its allies, a group known as OPEC+, are likely to ease curbs on supply after April given a … More Russia, Saudi Arabia At Odds Over Output Deal Ahead Of OPEC+ Meeting – RIA Cites Source

Crown Prince Awards Saudi Cup At King Abdulaziz Racetrack

Saudi Arabia’s Crown Mohammed bin Salman crowned on Saturday, Prince Abdulrahman bin Abdullah, owner of the horse ‘Mishrrif’, the winner of the second edition of the Saudi Cup 2021, carrying the highest prize in global horse racing, state news agency SPA reported. SPA added that the Crown Prince also congratulated both Jockey David Egan and … More Crown Prince Awards Saudi Cup At King Abdulaziz Racetrack

Kuwait To Allow Non – Kuwaiti Citizens To Enter The Country Starting Feb 21- Statement

Kuwait will allow non – Kuwaiti citizens to enter the country starting Feb.21 with some new procedures, the civil aviation authority said in a statement late on Friday. Travelers arriving on direct flight from high risk countries will have to resort to institutional quarantine in one of the local hotels for 14 days, while travellers … More Kuwait To Allow Non – Kuwaiti Citizens To Enter The Country Starting Feb 21- Statement

Saudi Arabia To Invest More Than $20 Billion In Its Military Industry Over Next Decade

Saudi Arabia will invest more than $20 billion in its domestic military industry over the next decade as part of aggressive plans to boost local military spending, the head of the kingdom’s military industry regulator said on Saturday. The Gulf state wants to develop and manufacture more weapons and military systems domestically, aiming to spend … More Saudi Arabia To Invest More Than $20 Billion In Its Military Industry Over Next Decade

Prince Harry, Megan Won’t Return To Royal Family Roles: Buckingham Palace

Prince Harry and his wife Meghan made their final split with the British royal family, telling Queen Elizabeth that they will not be returning as working members of monarchy, Buckingham Palace said on Friday. Harry and Meghan, who announced they are expecting their second child on Sunday, shocked senior royals last year by announcing plans … More Prince Harry, Megan Won’t Return To Royal Family Roles: Buckingham Palace

Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Sponsors World’s Most Valuable Horse Race, Saudi Cup 2021

Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman will sponsor on Saturday the second edition of the Saudi Cup 2021, carrying the highest prize in global horse racing, state news agency SPA reported on Friday. The world’s leading owners, trainers, jockeys, and their horses will compete for prize money totalling $30.5 million in the championship at the King Abdulaziz … More Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Sponsors World’s Most Valuable Horse Race, Saudi Cup 2021

U.S. Committed To Helping Saudi Arabia Defend Borders, Defense Secretary Tells Crown Prince

United States Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III called Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and reaffirmed Washington’s commitment to assisting the Kingdom in defending its borders, the Pentagon Said on Friday. Austin condemned the recent cross-border attacks on Saudi Arabia by Yemen’s Iran – backed Houthis and thanked the Crown Prince for … More U.S. Committed To Helping Saudi Arabia Defend Borders, Defense Secretary Tells Crown Prince

Saudi January Inflation Rises To 5.7%, Continuing To Reflect VAT Hike

Saudi Arabia’s inflation rose to 5.7% in January from 5.3% the month before, continuing a rise fuelled by a tripling of value – added tax last year, government data showed. The increase was mainly driven by higher food and transport prices, which increased by 12.6% and 9.6% respectively, the General Authority for Statistics said. Annual … More Saudi January Inflation Rises To 5.7%, Continuing To Reflect VAT Hike

Saudi Cabinet Approves Establishing Bank Of SMEs

Saudi Arabia’s Cabinet on Tuesday approved establishing the bank of small and medium enterprises, state news agency (SPA) reported. ‘The SMEs Bank brings together all financing solutions under one umbrella to enable the small and medium enterprises sector to access appropriate financing and chive stability and growth’, the Ministry of Commerce wrote on Twitter. ‘The … More Saudi Cabinet Approves Establishing Bank Of SMEs

Saudi Sovereign Wealth Fund Boosts U.S. Equities Exposure to Nearly $12.8 Bln

Saudi Arabia’s sovereign wealth fund has increased its holding of U.S. stocks to nearly $12.8 billion in the fourth quarter from $7 billion in the third quarter, according to a U.S. regulatory filing on Tuesday. The Public Investment Fund (PIF) took new bets in the last quarter, buying a $1.07 billion stake in Electronic Arts … More Saudi Sovereign Wealth Fund Boosts U.S. Equities Exposure to Nearly $12.8 Bln

Saudi Arabia Won’t Work With Foreign Firms Without Regional HQ From 2024

Saudi Arabia will no longer sign contracts with foreign companies which do not have a regional headquarters in the kingdom after 2023, state news agency, SPA, reported on Monday, citing official source. The policy, which comes into effect on Jan1. 2024, is designed to encourage foreign firms to open a permanent, in – country regional … More Saudi Arabia Won’t Work With Foreign Firms Without Regional HQ From 2024

Russia’s Putin And Saudi Crown Prince Discuss OPEC+ Deal: Kremlin

Russian President Vladimir Putin and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman discussed the implementation of the OPEC+ oil output deal in a telephone call on Monday, the Kremlin said. The Kremlin said Putin backed continued close cooperation between Moscow and Riyadh to support the stability of the global energy market.

Bahrain’s Economy To Grow 3.3% This Year, Must Cut Public Debt – IMF

Bahrain’s economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic will be gradual, with growth projected at 3.3.% this year after a 5.4% contraction in 2020, the International Monetary Fund said on Sunday. The tiny Gulf state has been battered by the twin shocks of the coronavirus crisis and lower oil prices, which pushed its overall fiscal deficit … More Bahrain’s Economy To Grow 3.3% This Year, Must Cut Public Debt – IMF

Saudi Arabia Extends COVID-19 Restrictions On Gatherings, Events, Dining Services

Saudi Arabia will extend its COVID-19 restrictions for  20 more days starting Sunday night on gatherings, events and dining services, the official Saudi Press Agency (SPA), reported, citing a Ministry of Interior source. The decision was made with health authorities in an effort to curb the spread of the coronavirus in the Kingdom, which ha … More Saudi Arabia Extends COVID-19 Restrictions On Gatherings, Events, Dining Services

Daimler Recalls 1.29 Million U.S. Vehicles For Software Issue

Daimler AG’s U.S. unit Mercedes – Benz USA said Saturday it is recalling 1.29 million  vehicles sold since 2016 because software may fail to communicate correct vehicle location in the event of a crash. The recall covers some 2016-2021 model year CLS – Class, GLA -Class, GLS-Class, SLC-Class, A-Class, GT-Class, C-Class, E-Class, S-Class, CLS – … More Daimler Recalls 1.29 Million U.S. Vehicles For Software Issue

Facebook Building Smartwatch With Health Features – The Information

Facebook Inc is building a smartwatch that will let users send messages and also offer health and fitness features, The Information reported on Friday, citing people with direct knowledge of the device. The social giant plant to start selling the device next year, according to the report, a move that would mark its entry into … More Facebook Building Smartwatch With Health Features – The Information

Saudi FM, Greek PM Discuss Regional Developments

Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan was received by Greece’s prime minister in Athens on Thursday. Prince Faisal and Kyriakos Mitsotakis held talks during which they discussed bilateral relations between the Kingdom and Greece and ways to enhance them. They also discussed regional and international developments and issues of common interest. The Kingdom’s … More Saudi FM, Greek PM Discuss Regional Developments

Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Unveils Luxury Red Sea Project ‘Coral Bloom’ Designs

Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman launches on Wednesday the luxury  Red Sea Project ‘Coral Bloom’ design.  The Red Sea Development Company (TRSDC), chaired by the Crown Prince, will develop the main hub island at the destinations, Shurayrah and its 11 resorts, referred to as ‘Coral Bloom’. ‘We expect guest to be awed by what they … More Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Unveils Luxury Red Sea Project ‘Coral Bloom’ Designs

Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Condoles Indian President On Victims Of Flood Caused By Glacier Burst in Uttarakhand State.

Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud has sent a cable of condolences to President Ram Nath Kovind of the Republic of India on victims of flood caused of glacier burst in Uttarakhand, which resulted in deaths, injured and missing person.  In his cable, HRH Crown Prince expressed condolences and sympathy … More Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Condoles Indian President On Victims Of Flood Caused By Glacier Burst in Uttarakhand State.

Saudi King Condoles Indian President On Victims Of Flood Caused By Glacier Burst In Uttarakhand State

The Custodian Of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud has sent  a cable of condolences to President Ram Nath Kovind of the Republic of India on victims of flood caused by glacier burst in Uttarakhand State, which resulted in deaths, injuries and missing person. In his cable, King Salman expressed condolences … More Saudi King Condoles Indian President On Victims Of Flood Caused By Glacier Burst In Uttarakhand State

Arab Coalition: Houthi Attack On Saudi Arabia’s Abha Airport Causes Plane Fire

The Arab Coalition on Wednesday said a terrorist attack by the Iran – backed Houthi militia targeting Abdha International Airport in Saudi Arabia caused a fire in a civil plane, according to an Al Arabiya reported. The coalition added that the fire was under control. ‘Attempting to target Abha airport and threatening civilian travelers is … More Arab Coalition: Houthi Attack On Saudi Arabia’s Abha Airport Causes Plane Fire

These Nations Are Opening Their Frontiers To Vaccinated Visitors: Seychelles

Last month, Seychelles become the first destinations to open its borders to vaccinated visitors. Between a four – and five hour flight from the most GCC countries, the archipelago is boosting its tourism industry by getting rid of any quarantine requirements for incoming visitors who have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 – travelers just need … More These Nations Are Opening Their Frontiers To Vaccinated Visitors: Seychelles

BREAKING NEWS | Saudi Crown Prince Announced 4 New Laws To Reform Kingdom’s Judicial Institutions

RIYADH – – Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman announced on Monday four new laws to reform the Kingdom’s judicial institutions and efforts toward improving the ‘legislative environment’ in the Kingdom, according to an official announcement. The four new laws include the Personal Status Law, the Civil Transactions Law, the Penal Code for Discretionary Sentences, and the Law … More BREAKING NEWS | Saudi Crown Prince Announced 4 New Laws To Reform Kingdom’s Judicial Institutions

BUSINESS | Global Oil Prices Have Fully Recovered From The Pandemic

MILAN – – After a rocky 12 months, oil prices – which got crushed when COVID-19 slashed demand for energy around the world – are roaring back. What’s happening: Brent crude futures, the global benchmark, have breached $50 per barrel, their highest level since January 2020. The immediate catalyst appeared to be weekend remarks from … More BUSINESS | Global Oil Prices Have Fully Recovered From The Pandemic

BUSINESS | Rolls – Royce Plans Two – Week Shutdown Of Civil Aerospace Business

LONDON – – Britain’s Rolls – Royce said on Sunday it is proposing a two week operational shutdown of its civil aerospace unit over the summer as it manages costs due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. The aero – engine maker has begun talks unions on the shutdown and cost cutting at its … More BUSINESS | Rolls – Royce Plans Two – Week Shutdown Of Civil Aerospace Business

TRAVEL | Britain Will Not Introduce COVID-19 Vaccine Passports

LONDON – Britain will not introduce COVID-19 vaccine passports, but people will be able to seek proof from their doctor if needed for travel to other countries, vaccine deployment minister Nadhim Zahawi said on Sunday. ‘We are certainly not looking to introduce it as part of the vaccine deployment programme’, Zahawi told Sky News.

BREAKING NEWS | Arab Coalition Intercepts, Destroys Houthi Drone Targeting Saudi Arabia

RIYADH – – The Arab Coalition has destroyed a Houthi drone targeting Saudi Arabia’s Southern Region, state news agency, SPA, reported. A coalition spokesman said the attack was aimed to target civilians, threatening regional and international security. Meanwhile, Yemen’s Information Minister Muammar Al – Eryani condemned the Iranian – backed militia’s looting of a national … More BREAKING NEWS | Arab Coalition Intercepts, Destroys Houthi Drone Targeting Saudi Arabia

BREAKING NEWS | Saudi Arabia Continues To Back Sustainable Political Resolution To Yemen Conflict

MILAN – – Saudi Deputy Defense Minister Prince Khalid bin Salman stressed on Thursday that the Kingdom supports all diplomatic efforts to reach a comprehensive political solution in Yemen. In a series of tweets he said: ‘We welcome President Biden’s stated commitment to work with friends and allies to resolve conflicts, and deal with attack … More BREAKING NEWS | Saudi Arabia Continues To Back Sustainable Political Resolution To Yemen Conflict

BREAKING NEWS | High Levels Of Toxic Heavy Metals Found In Some Baby Foods

U.S. congressional investigators found ‘dangerous levels of toxic heavy metals‘  in certain baby foods that could cause neurological damage, a House Oversight subcommittee said in a report released on Thursday. The panel examined baby foods made by Nature Inc., Hain Celestial Group Inc., Beech – Nut Nutrition and Gerber, a unit of Nestle, it said, … More BREAKING NEWS | High Levels Of Toxic Heavy Metals Found In Some Baby Foods

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