5,000 live entertainment events planned this year in Saudi Arabia

Wednesday, 21 February 2018

Saudis of all ages can look forward to an unprecedented year of culture and entertainment in the Kingdom as the General Entertainment Authority (GEA) prepares to announce its 2018 entertainment calendar on Thursday. More than 5,000 diverse live entertainment and cultural events designed to appeal to all sections of Saudi society have been planned this year. The General Entertainment Authority, one of the entities supporting the Quality of Life Vision Realization Program, aims at setting goals ...

Saudi Economic City to expand port to hold up to five million containers

Tuesday, 30 January 2018

In an exclusive interview with Al Arabiya News Channel on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, Fahd Al Rasheed, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of King Abdullah Economic City (KAEC), said that the company has plans for this year which are in line with Saudi Vision 2030. The plans include launching an entrepreneurship investment fund worth 70 million riyals. He stressed that King Abdullah Economic City focuses on attracting entrepreneurs. Rasheed said plans ...

WATCH: How Saudi women interacted with the first mixed public sporting event

Saturday, 13 January 2018

Women in black abayas and fluorescent orange vests stood at the gates at King Abdullah Stadium, welcoming people into the family section that, for the first time in Saudi Arabia, allowed women to attend a men's soccer match. As the two teams al-Ahli and al-Batin faced each other in the city of Jeddah, women showed up to their first public sporting event in the Kingdom to support the sides with their spouses, children and friends. The General Sports Authority announced in October that stadiums ...

Pediatrician by day, barista by night: Why this Saudi doctor works two jobs

Monday, 20 November 2017

By 3:30 pm on weekdays, Bassil al-Tami swaps his medical scrubs for an apron and transitions from being a pediatrician by day to a barista at night. The Saudi pediatrician says many people find both his professions contradict one another, but insists he is no exception. Al-Tami spends the first part of his day treating young children who visit the hypnotherapy department at the hospital where he works, diagnoses their cases and prescribes them with the necessary treatment. By four pm, the doctor ...

Saudi budget report puts Q3 revenue at $37.9 billion

Sunday, 19 November 2017

A Saudi finance ministry budget report released on Sunday put the kingdom's total third quarter revenue at 142.1 billion riyals ($37.9 billion), up 11 percent year-on-year. The Q3 report affirmed Saudi Arabia's commitment of transparency and financial disclosure, as key factors which are consistent with the Kingdom Vision 2030 and its objectives. The report highlights the progress in achieving the defined objectives within the Financial Balance Program.The report's results showed an ...

Has Vision 2030 changed the world’s view of Saudi Arabia?

Tuesday, 31 October 2017

After expressing my opinion, I asked my European friend what he thought about our Saudi Vision 2030. He was careful to say that it was too early to make a judgment. “The Vision,” he explained, “is too huge to pass uneducated casual opinion on without giving it the proper study, analysis and time.”I agreed, but still I requested his opinion. “I believe that you don’t have much of an option,” his answer came. “You are running out of oil and resources ...

Dr. Khaled M. Batarfi

The Saudi revolution: It’s time for skeptics to stop doubting

Monday, 30 October 2017

It is time for the skeptics to stop expressing their doubt and surprise, to stop rubbing their eyes and start immersing themselves in the wave of change happening in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Everyone, including the citizens of GCC and Arab countries, need to be aware that this Saudi renaissance today is bigger and more comprehensive than just the kingdom, and more impactful than you may think. We are facing a socio-economic revolution spearheaded by the leaders of the country of leaders, ...

Sawsan Al Shaer

Saudi finance minister: We allocated $54 bln to stimulate the private sector

Sunday, 29 October 2017

Saudi Finance Minister Mohammed Al-Jadaan has affirmed that the growth of the non-oil private sector will accelerate with the continued stimulus package for this sector and expects to announce new stimulus packages before the end of the year in consultation with the sector to create new jobs for the Kingdom's citizens.On the other hand, he pointed out in an interview with Al Arabiya regarding the rise of the income from the oil industries despite Saudi Arabia’s decision to reduce ...

ANALYSIS: How Saudi Crown Prince’s promise of ‘moderate Islam’ shifts power

Saturday, 28 October 2017

The Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia is charting a new, more modern course for a country known as so conservative. Since catapulting to power, Mohammed bin Salman has pushed forth changes that could usher in a new era for one of the United States’ most important allies. He’s introduced musical concerts and movies again and is seen as the force behind the king’s decision to grant women the right to drive as of next year. When social openings in the kingdom were taking place four ...

From Saudi Arabia’s historic unification to its modernization battles

Saturday, 28 October 2017

After the kingdom of Saudi Arabia was united by founder King Abdul Aziz, our country was transformed from rival tribes and scattered regions into a prestigious and existed entity. After the unification came the foundation stage, then came the construction phase. These hard times united us and gave us a prestigious homeland and an identity we are proud of. During this period, the first step of which was taken by Harba Ibn Jalawi at Bab al-Masmak, our country experienced many crises and was able ...

Saad Al-Sowayan

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