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

Comment: In a weak attempt at justice for Jamal Khashoggi, the UK imposed sanctions, but then apparently apologised and returned to negotiating arms exports with Saudi Arabia, writes Courtney Freer.

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

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

The New Arab Staff

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

Gaia Caramazza

Saudi spends $1.7 million on NEOM megacity PR plan

Saudi Arabia has invested heavily in the NEOM project.

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 to know

Gasia Ohanes

Family of slain Saudi activist slam NEOM 'compensation plan'

Saudi Arabia has been accused of offering NEOM compensation money 'under threats' to members of the Huwaiti tribe who were evicted to make way ...

The New Arab Staff

Over million expatriates expected to leave Saudi Arabia

Some 178,000 applications to leave the kingdom were made within a period of just over a month.

Stasa Salacanin

Inside Saudi Arabia's controversial Newcastle takeover bid

A poor human rights record, broadcast piracy and the murder of Jamal Khashoggi are casting a shadow over the Saudi-funded takeover.

Riyadh continues buying up arms despite harsh austerity measures

The New Arab Staff

Riyadh continues buying up arms despite harsh austerity measures

Saudi Arabia shows no signs of halting arms purchases despite austerity measures due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

James Reinl

The human cost of Saudi Arabia's dystopian Neom megacity

The killing of a tribal activist has shone a spotlight on the Western firms helping to build Saudi Arabia's Neom megacity.

Saudi Arabia sees huge spike in coronavirus cases

The New Arab

Saudi Arabia sees huge spike in coronavirus cases

Saudi Arabia has seen a spike in Covid-19 cases, as fears mount of a second wave of the epidemic.

Theft behind Saudi mosques' recent hefty electricity bills

The New Arab

Theft behind Saudi mosques' recent hefty electricity bills

Saudi mosques are being given hefty electricity bills due to theft.

Saudi foreign reserves continue to decline

The New Arab

Saudi foreign reserves continue to decline

Saudi's foreign reserves fell for a second month, totalling up to a $48 billion decline in March and April.

Stalled Newcastle bid exposes limits of Saudi money

Courtney Freer

Stalled Newcastle bid exposes limits of Saudi money

Comment: The WTO's objection to Mohammed bin Salman's Newcastle United deal won't fix Saudi Arabia's human rights record, but it's a step in the ...

The New Arab

HRW demands Saudi Arabia release family of exiled official

Human Rights Watch has demanded the immediate release of two adult children and the brother of former royal advisor Saad al-Jabri, who fled to Canada in 2017.

The New Arab

Saudi Arabia begins lifting coronavirus curfew

Saudi Arabia said it is moving toward a 'post-lockdown normal'.

The New Arab & agencies

Saudi Ramadan TV drama criticised for pro-Israel content

Another Ramadan TV drama from Saudi Arabia has invited scrutiny

The New Arab

Saudi Arabia enters whole new world with Disney shares

Saudi Arabia's Public Investment Fund (PIF) disclosed some $10 billion worth of investments into US corporations on Friday, Reuters reported.

What will be left of Saudi <em>Vision</em> <em>2030</em>, post-coronavirus?

Courtney Freer

What will be left of Saudi Vision 2030, post-coronavirus?

Comment: As coronavirus and oil revenues force the Saudi government to make cuts that will impact its citizens, the fate of its grandiose ...

The New Arab

Saudi Vision 2030 takes $8bn cut as austerity bites

Saudi Arabia's much-hyped modernisation programme has taken a substantial funding cut as the kingdom's finances suffer from the ...

The Middle East at war with coronavirus

The New Arab

The Middle East at war with coronavirus

In today's roundup: Iran re-opening mosques, free flights for healthcare workers, Gulf states reaching out to Israel, a new lockdown for Lebanon ...

Saudi markets reel after tripling of VAT

The New Arab

Saudi markets reel after tripling of VAT

Monday’s austerity measures are valued at around 100 billion royals ($26.6 billion).

Palestinians are next on Saudi Arabia's hit list

Muhammad Shehada

Palestinians are next on Saudi Arabia's hit list

Comment: Despite its domestic woes, Saudi Arabia has not let up on its media campaign to manufacture pro-normalisation and anti-Palestinian ...

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