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Published: January 9, 2013

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No Saudi climbdown on foreign worker levies

Saudi Arabia’s labour minister Adel Fakeihhas insisted that the $640 (SR: 2,400) levy per worker being imposed on private sector companies that employ more foreigners than Saudis will be implemented, despite objections from contractors and other industries. In an interview with Arab News, he …

Saudi art scene’s growing importance

For the fifth consecutive year, Jeddah’s Athr Gallery has been chosen to represent the Saudi art scene at Art Dubai 2013 following a rigorous selection process. The seventh edition of Art Dubai takes place from March 20-23 at Madinat Jumeirah. The line-up includes some of the most dynamic …

Saudi names 15 women to Shura Council

The council, established in 1927, serves as Saudi Arabia’s formal advisory body and is permitted to propose draft laws which are then forwarded to the King, advise the King on policies, economic plans and international treaties, and examine annual reports. Only the king has the power to pass or …

Saudi Arabia faces engineering skills crunch

There is a shortage of skilled, experienced local engineers in Saudi Arabia, which is hampering the growth and development of the local sector, says Saudi Council of Engineers chairman Arch. Hamad N.A. Al-Shagawi. Of the total 170,000 engineers in Saudi Arabia at present, 140,000 are …

How the mighty Saudi Arabia have fallen in Asian football

The point of remembering this is to remind yourself that Saudi Arabia was once a mighty footballing nation, and that 1994 was not just some weird kink in the time-space continuum. It was the work of a nation that made five consecutive Asian Cup finals from 1984 to 2000 (and won it three times) …

Saudi Arabia Travel Journal – Day 2 & 3

Our second day in Jeddah was unbelievably amazing. We were scheduled down to the minute, with plans to visit a number of local boutiques, a tour of Dar Al-Hekma College and a visit with their fashion students. And on Tuesday, we headed out to the Red Sea for some serious R + R. Our visit to the …

Al-Badr: We can gain from unique tourism industry

The main goal of development in Saudi Arabia is to diversify the economy. For us working in the hospitality and tourism sector we care a lot about religious tourism, which could be easily expanded. We should promote the country as a tourist destination for leisure and sight-seeing in addition …

Saudi’s Dar Al Arkan Q4 net profit halves; Saudi property market shifting

Saudi Arabia’s real estate market is on the brink of significant change as the government moves to increase home ownership by regulating mortgage lending and building half a million houses.Dar said its lower gross margins on property sales were ‘attributable to the geographical location of the …

Child Marriage Roils Saudi Social Media

The marriage of a 90-year-old man to a 15-year-old girl has again sparked complaints in Saud Arabia about the continuing existence of child brides. Social media and human rights activists are calling for reform in the country’s legal system and the establishment of a minimum age of marriage — …

In pictures: Storms sweep Middle East

Fierce winter storms hit the Mideast resulting in flash flooding in the West Bank, a foot of snow in the Jordanian desert and disruption of the Suez Canal in Egypt. …

Dubai’s renaissance: Edifice complex

But Dubai is more than a story of skyscrapers built on sand with borrowed cash. Because the emirate’s oil reserves were limited, its rulers decided decades ago to diversify. Emirates Airline is the best-known result of this strategy: it started in 1985 and now ranks among the world’s leading …

How to create a transmedia hit in the Middle East: C3 Summit:

The distinguished panel of industry leaders walked through a hypothetical case where creative people in the business designed a Middle East based transmedia enterprise and talked through the process of launching and promoting it. They provided an overview of developments in their field in the …

Emirates’ A380 flies triple daily to Jeddah for Dubai Shopping Festival

Emirates will offer a triple daily A380 service to Jeddah for four days in January to support the school holiday demand, which coincides with the Dubai Shopping Festival (DSF) 2013. The airline’s existing double daily A380 service to Jeddah will be supplemented by a third A380 service on Jan. …

Report: Iran Seizes 2 Saudi Fishing Boats

An Iranian news agency says the country’s coast guard has seized two Saudi fishing boats after they allegedly strayed into Iranian waters. The Tuesday report by the semiofficial Fars agency quotes the local coast guard commander in southern Iranian port of Bushehr as saying the guard …

In Old Taliban Strongholds, Qualms on What Lies Ahead

The battle against the Taliban in Helmand Province was so fierce two years ago that farmers here say there were some fields where virtually every ear of corn had a bullet in it.Multimedia MapViolence in HelmandRelated Times Topic: The Afghanistan WarU.S. Is Open to Withdraw Afghan Force …

Qatar builds farms in the desert

Food security is the prime concern of the Qatar government’s strategy, set forth in its National Vision 2030. Imports currently account for more than 90% of the goods consumed by the population of 2 million, of whom only 300,000 are Qataris. The wholesale market in Doha, which occupies …

Kuwait still Plans to Build Middle East’s Largest Oil Refinery Despite Delays

The refinery will cost around $14.5 billion and was first proposed a decade ago and will process 615,000 barrels of crude oil each day, beating the Middle East’s current largest refinery, the Ras Tanura plant in Saudi Arabia, by 65,000 barrels. The refined fuels will then be used to fuel power …

Syria conflict: New insight into shadowy jihadist group

The 13-page document describes Jabhat al-Nusra (JN) as one of Syria’s most effective groups, which aims to establish an Islamist state in the country. ‘The short-term strategy of JN is primarily military focused, although preparations are being made for long-term sustainability of the …

The New Line on the State of Palestine Passport

What Netanayhu and the rest of the media didn’t notice was a single line in the decree that talks about the issuance of a national ID number for Palestinians everywhere. Until the UN declaration, the Ramallah-based Palestinian Authority had restricted the issuance of passports to those …

Egypt finance: Qatar steps in to ease Cairo cash crisis

Qatar has lent Cairo a further 1.25bn and donated an extra 300m in an effort to control a currency crisis prompted by Egypt’s political turmoil. Qatari Prime Minister Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim al-Thani announced the doubling of funds after meeting Egypt’s President Mohamed Morsi in …

Pro-Israel hawk gets top spot on House Foreign Affairs new Middle East panel

The term-limited chairwoman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.), has been named to the coveted top spot on the panel’s new Middle East and North Africa subcommittee, giving her a key platform to pursue her hawkish pro-Israel views. The incoming chairman, …

Russia oil production averaged 10.4 million barrels a day in 2012

Russia emerged as one of the largest oil producers in the world alongside Saudi Arabia by posting a post-Soviet production high last year, Moscow said. Oil company Rosneft contributed to the bulk of the increase in oil production alongside others like Gazprom. Last year, oil production …

Scuffle Breaks Out in Iraqi Parliament

BAGHDAD, Asharq Al-Awsat –The Iraqi Parliament held its first normal session with a full quorum yesterday in the shadow of widespread protests that represent the worst crisis facing the country since 2003. This resulted in fisticuffs breaking out between four MPs belonging to the Iraqi Shi’a …

Saudi Arabia orders General Dynamics tanks

General Dynamics Land Systems, a subsidiary of Falls Church-based General Dynamics Corp., has won a $132.7 million contract for 69 M1A2 Abrams tanks for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.The Foreign Military Sales contract was awarded by the U.S. Army’s TACOM Life Cycle Management Command for the …

Arabplast 2013 opens in Dubai

The world will consume 540 million tons of plastic in 2020, according to the organizers of Arabplast 2013, the Middle East’s premier trade show for rubber, plastics and petrochemicals. The figure was only 7 million tons in 1960, 196 million tons in 2005 and 260 million tons in 2007 and is …

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