Saudi wealth fund driving change in Kingdom

RIYADH: When Saudi Arabia launched its ambitious roadmap for economic diversification in 2016, there was too much skepticism over its outcome, as the Kingdom had been reliant on crude oil for several decades. Seven years later, the Vision 2030 blueprint has not only facilitated the rise of the Kingdom’s non-oil sector but also fired up … Read more

Saudi culinary arts meeting to discuss innovation News

JEDDAH: The Kingdom is set to host the third Hajj and Umrah Services Conference and Exhibition aimed at improving the pilgrim experience at the Two Holy Mosques. Organized by the Ministry of Hajj and Umrah under the patronage of King Salman, the four-day event will take place from Jan. 8-11 at the Jeddah Superdome, the Saudi … Read more

Anger as Yemen’s Houthis raid radio station amid media crackdown News

LONDON: More children have died during Israel’s war in Gaza than in all the world’s major conflicts combined over the last three years, Sky News reported on Monday.  The British news channel highlighted the dire situation facing families in Gaza, drawing attention to the struggles of mothers like Lina Hammad. Hammad, who recently gave birth … Read more

Aramco Digital, Intel unveil plans for Saudi Arabia’s first open wireless access center

RIYADH: When Saudi Arabia launched its ambitious roadmap for economic diversification in 2016, there was too much skepticism over its outcome, as the Kingdom had been reliant on crude oil for several decades. Seven years later, the Vision 2030 blueprint has not only facilitated the rise of the Kingdom’s non-oil sector but also fired up … Read more

Riyadh’s Future of Media Exhibition to host first MIPCOM participation outside France News

RIYADH: Listeners reacted angrily after the Houthi militia in Yemen shut down one of Sanaa’s most popular radio stations amid a crackdown on independent media outlets in areas under their control.  Yemeni activists and journalists, including Majili Al-Samadi, head of Voice of Yemen radio, said that armed Houthis raided Eram FM in the city and … Read more

Year in review: When crisis-wracked Syria defied the odds to return to the Arab fold News

LONDON: From a deadly earthquake in the country’s northwest and protests in its far south to a return to the Arab fold after more than a decade out in the cold, Syria has witnessed several major events and changes in the past year. These developments have taken place against the backdrop of a deepening economic … Read more

Closing Bell – Saudi Arabia’s main index continues its upward trend to close at 11,813

RIYADH: When Saudi Arabia launched its ambitious roadmap for economic diversification in 2016, there was too much skepticism over its outcome, as the Kingdom had been reliant on crude oil for several decades. Seven years later, the Vision 2030 blueprint has not only facilitated the rise of the Kingdom’s non-oil sector but also fired up … Read more

Plea for Lebanon to remain neutral amid Israel-Hezbollah hostilities News

Year in review: When crisis-wracked Syria defied the odds to return to the Arab fold LONDON: From a deadly earthquake in the country’s northwest and protests in its far south to a return to the Arab fold after more than a decade out in the cold, Syria has witnessed several major events and changes in … Read more