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Makkah governor witnesses signing of deal to promote SME sector
August 16, 2017

Adviser to King Salman and Makkah Gov. Prince Khaled Al-Faisal on Wednesday attended the signing ceremony in Jeddah of an agreement to enhance cooperation and promote investment opportunities for small and medium enterprises (SMEs).
The deal also aims to combat cover-up businesses, promote the perfume industry and stimulate entrepreneurship in the Makkah region.
Ghassan bin Ahmed Al-Sulaiman, governor of the General Authority for Small and Medium Enterprises"...

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Making Compromises in Cash-Strapped Saudi Arabia
August 16, 2017

Saudi Arabia’s strategy in the Middle East has for years focused on throwing money at majority Sunni states and groups in the region to counter Iranian influence. Its fiscal constraints, however, are beginning to limit its ability to project power even in the Arabian Peninsula.

Saudi Arabia is coming to the realization that it can’t shape the dynamics of the region. It can help"...

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Saudi Arabia Announces New Authority to Regulate, Boost Military Industries
August 16, 2017

The Council of Ministers approved on Monday the setting up of the General Authority for Military Industries, which enjoys legal status as well as financial and administrative independence.

The weekly session of the Cabinet, chaired by Crown Prince Muhammad Bin Salman, deputy premier and minister of defense, decided to establish the Authority in line with a recommendation from the Council"...

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Social media activists face punishment for violating laws
August 15, 2017

Saudi authorities have denounced advocates of hatred and racism, who try to spit venom and divide the society using social media outlets, and said the move would undermine the society’s balanced status and moderate views.

The Ministry of Culture and Information and the Public Prosecution said the publication of extremist content on social media would negatively affect the society’s moderate views and push people to subscribe to extremist"...

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Dubai Health Authority Implements Masimo Patient SafetyNet™
August 14, 2017

(ME NewsWire)-- Masimo (NASDAQ:MASI) announced today that the Dubai Health Authority (DHA), the government organization that oversees the healthcare systems of Dubai, is augmenting its current inventory of Masimo equipment and technology with the implementation of Masimo Patient SafetyNet™*, a supplemental remote monitoring and clinician notification system, at two hospitals in Dubai. Masimo Patient SafetyNet enables information from bedside monitors, such as Masimo Root® with the Radical-7® or wearable Radius-7® Pulse CO-Oximeter®, to be accessible from a central viewing station. When changes occur in measured values, which may indicate deterioration in a patient’s condition, Patient SafetyNet automatically sends wireless alerts directly to clinicians, wherever they may be.......

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Saudi commission suspends services at main offices of STC, Mobily and Zain for violating rules
August 13, 2017

The Communications and Information Technology Commission (CITC) has temporarily suspended the services of the flagship offices in Riyadh of the Saudi Telecommunication Co. (STC), Mobily and Zain.
Violations relating to implementation of the comission’s decision on protecting users have been cited as the reason for the temporary suspension. The authority, in coordination with the Ministry of Commerce and Investment, confirmed that no lenience will be shown"...

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Saudi government agencies present plans to serve pilgrims to Makkah governor
August 13, 2017

Government agencies which have been assigned the task of serving pilgrims presented their executive and operational plans for the current Hajj season to Makkah Gov. Prince Khaled Al-Faisal on Saturday.
The plans aim to provide the best services for pilgrims and facilitate their journeys.
The agencies presented their plans during a meeting of the Central Hajj Committee, which was held in the governorate office in Makkah, chaired by Prince Khaled.
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Russian, Saudi Foreign Ministers Hold Phone Talks - Ministry
August 13, 2017

Russian Foreign Minister and his Saudi counterpart hold phone talks, the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and his Saudi counterpart Adel bin Ahmed al-Jubeir discussed bilateral relations on Saturday in a phone call, the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

'The"...

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Saudi Arabia approves emergency plan to safeguard pilgrims
August 12, 2017

A five-point emergency response plan was approved on Thursday to ensure the security and safety of pilgrims during Hajj.
The plan covers risk assessment, the allocation of tasks and responsibilities, technical and administrative support, and the provision of food, fuel and accommodation in the event of a major incident.
Teams of volunteers will assist Civil Defense in implementing the plan if required, along with 32 government agencies. Many young people"...

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Fluor’s Phosphate Megaproject in Saudi Arabia Begins Production 
August 11, 2017

Fluor Corporation (NYSE: FLR) announced today that the Ma’aden Wa’ad Al-Shamal Phosphate Company’s (MWSPC) Umm Wu’al Phosphate Project in Saudi Arabia has started production of ammonia, merchant-grade acid and fertilizer. Fluor is providing overall program management services for this $8 billion megaproject, in addition to engineering, procurement and operations and readiness services for various scopes. “As part of Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030, this world-class project will have a long-lasting impact on the region, as it diversifies the country’s economy and creates local job opportunities for citizens,” said Tony Morgan, president of Fluor’s Mining and Metals business. “After less than four years from the start of the execution phase, we are......

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