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Saudi Arabia's economy has contracted again, as the country grapples with falling oil production and emerges from lockdown.

Saudi Arabia has been grappling with a budget deficit since oil prices first plunged in 2014.

Riyadh introduces $8 million fine, jail for environmental damage

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Riyadh introduces $8 million fine, jail for environmental damage

Saudi Arabia's Public Prosecution announced the tough new measures amid the kingdom's 'Let's Make it Green' environmental drive.

Saudi Arabia to remove key restrictions on migrant laborers

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Saudi Arabia to remove key restrictions on migrant laborers

Human rights groups have cautioned the move does not appear to be a full abolition of the 'kafala' system.

Release female activists languishing in Saudi jails: Amnesty International

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Release female activists languishing in Saudi jails: Amnesty International

Amnesty International is calling on Saudi Arabia to release female activists from jail ahead of a summit critics are calling hypocritical.

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Saudi Arabia's NCB buys Samba in $15bn bank merger

If approved, the Vision 2030-aligned merger would create Saudi Arabia's largest bank and the Arab world's third largest lender.

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Saudi Arabia could buy stake in UAE supermarket chain

Lulu is one of the biggest supermarket chains in the Gulf region.

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HRW launches campaign to counter Saudi 'image laundering'

On the second anniversary of Jamal Khashoggi's murder, Human Rights Watch launches a campaign to counter Saudi 'image laundering'.

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Concerns over transparency shroud Saudi Arabia's nuclear ambitions

Comment: Unless Saudi Arabia submits to proper IAEA inspections, its nuclear ambitions will be viewed with distrust and scepticism by the ...

In Saudi Arabia, first dog cafe delights pet lovers

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In Saudi Arabia, first dog cafe delights pet lovers

The Barking Lot, which in June in the coastal city of Khobar, has delighted animal lovers in a country where there are few places to take pets ...

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Saudi Arabia to gradually resume umrah pilgrimage

The year-round umrah pilgrimage will resume gradually from October 4, Saudi authorities said.

Saudi allows overflights by UAE services to 'all countries'

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Saudi allows overflights by UAE services to 'all countries'

Saudi Arabia has accepted an Emirati request to allow 'crossing the kingdom's airspace for flights heading to the UAE and departing from it to ...

Saudi Arabia postpones 'Davos in desert' until January

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Saudi Arabia postpones 'Davos in desert' until January

Initially scheduled for October, the Future Investment Initiative (FII), which seeks to showcase the insular kingdom as a dynamic investment ...

Qatar 'dismantles' controversial kafala system in major labour reforms

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Qatar 'dismantles' controversial kafala system in major labour reforms

Qatar become the first country in the Middle East on Sunday to set a basic 'non-discriminatory' minimum wage for workers in the Gulf state, amid ...

Egypt's senate election farce helps Sisi recruit more loyalists

Sam Hamad

Egypt's senate election farce helps Sisi recruit more loyalists

Comment: Egypt's newly created senate is will have no legislative power, and is just a method of expanding the regime's system of loyalty and ...

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Saudi-Israel ties in the spotlight after UAE normalization deal

Despite the fact that Saudi Arabia has made no official comment on the UAE’s normalization deal with Israel, its covert ties to Israel are now the focus of global attention

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Saudi appoints women in senior roles in holy mosques

Saudi Arabia has appointed 10 women in senior roles at Islam's two holiest sites, authorities said Sunday, as the conservative petro-state seeks ...

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Saudi Arabian King Salman arrives in NEOM for 'rest'

The Saudi King arrived in the NEOM economic zone for 'rest and relaxation,' as killed, evicted tribes call for an end of the megacity ...

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In Mecca, dreams of a 'green hajj'

This year's hajj, limited to a maximum of 10,000 attendees, was by all accounts literally a breath of fresh air.

UK imposes sanctions, then praises ties with Saudi Arabia

Courtney Freer

UK imposes sanctions, then praises ties with Saudi Arabia

Comment: In a weak attempt at justice for Jamal Khashoggi, the UK imposed sanctions, but then apparently apologised and returned to negotiating ...

Omid Shokri Kalehsar

China and Iran's strategic partnership: A zero sum game?

Analysis: China and Iran's bilateral relationship is gaining strategic significance.

Saudi Arabia pushes plans to transform Riyadh into metropolis

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Saudi Arabia pushes plans to transform Riyadh into metropolis

Saudi Arabia is hoping to turn its capital into one of the Arab world's biggest metropolises.

Saudi spends $1.7 million on NEOM megacity PR plan

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Saudi spends $1.7 million on NEOM megacity PR plan

Saudi Arabia has invested heavily in the NEOM project.

Everything you need to know about Hajj 2020

Kamal Afzali

Everything you need to know about Hajj 2020

This year's Hajj pilgrimage has been scaled back to 1,000 participants in a bid to stop the spread of coronavirus. Here is everything you need ...

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