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

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

Saudi Arabia could buy stake in UAE supermarket chain

The New Arab Staff

Saudi Arabia could buy stake in UAE supermarket chain

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

HRW launches campaign to counter Saudi 'image laundering'

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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'.

Concerns over transparency shroud Saudi Arabia's nuclear ambitions

Courtney Freer

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 ...

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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 outside the home.

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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.

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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 ...

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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 ...

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 ...

Saudi-Israel ties in the spotlight after UAE normalization deal

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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 ...

Saudi appoints women in senior roles in holy mosques

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

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 ...

Saudi Arabian King Salman arrives in NEOM for 'rest'

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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 ...

In Mecca, dreams of a 'green hajj'

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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.

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 arms exports with Saudi Arabia, writes Courtney Freer.

Omid Shokri Kalehsar

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

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

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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.

Gaia Caramazza

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 ...

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 ...

Over million expatriates expected to leave Saudi Arabia

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.

Inside Saudi Arabia's controversial Newcastle takeover bid

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

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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.

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