Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman announced plans on Tuesday to launch a second national airline as part of a broader strategy to turn the kingdom into a global logistics hub as it seeks to diversify from oil. The creation of another flag carrier would catapult Saudi Arabia into[…]
The Saudi Arabia-led alliance’s military intervention in Yemen has not only failed in its objective to rout the Houthi rebels, but the kingdom finds itself in a position in which it might be forced to capitulate. Saudi Arabia has failed its primary objectives of defeating the Houthis and restabilising the[…]
Explosions rocked the Yemeni capital, Sanaa, as the Saudi-led coalition targeted Houthi rebels on Sunday amid rising tensions. The coalition said it hit military targets after intercepting 12 drones launched by the rebels, in a sharp escalation in cross-border attacks on the kingdom. Meanwhile, the Houthis said they intercepted a[…]
Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman has rejected all allegations that he sent a hit squad to assassinate exiled former intelligence chief Saad Al-Jabri. The de-facto ruler of the Kingdom is being sued by 62-year-old Al-Jabri in the US courts. The attempted kidnap and murder are alleged to have[…]
Qatar’s foreign minister has said there has been movement on resolving the diplomatic dispute that has pitted the Gulf neighbours against each other but he could not predict whether a breakthrough was imminent or would fully resolve the matter. Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt imposed a[…]
Official sources have uncovered Emirati pressure on the Grand Imam of Al-Azhar Ahmad Al-Tayeb to engage in the Saudi-Emirati campaign against the Muslim Brotherhood (MB). The New Arab quoted sources in Al-Azhar’s Council of Senior Scholars stating that Al-Tayeb was contacted by high-level United Arab Emirates (UAE) personalities to issue[…]
Human rights groups and activists have intensified calls to boycott the Group of 20 (G20) summit hosted by Saudi Arabia this weekend, demanding the kingdom release jailed activists. The summit, held virtually this year amid the Covid-19 pandemic, is an annual meeting of the world’s 20 largest economies. Although a[…]
Iran’s United Nations ambassador says Saudi Arabia is trying to use Iran as an excuse to develop nuclear arms after a Saudi minister said the kingdom reserves the right to arm itself with nuclear weapons. In tweets in Farsi and English, Iran’s ambassador and permanent representative to the UN, Kazem[…]
A United Nations expert has called on Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Bahrain and Egypt to lift their blockade on Qatar after concluding the punitive sanctions taken by the quartet were illegal. In a preliminary report published on Thursday following a two-week visit to Qatar, Alena Douhan, UN[…]
Travel operators expect the South African umrah season to start in December or January next year. Although South Africa’s borders are open for travel and umrah for international travellers has commenced, South Africans have not been granted umrah visas by the Saudi government yet. In October, Saudi Arabia began the[…]
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