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Saudi Arabia's reforms should bring flood of foreign funds next year
April 22, 2018

Saudi Arabia's inclusion in global equity indexes and the planned privatisation of oil company Aramco are expected to bring big inflows of overseas money into the kingdom next year.

This should help Riyadh rebuild its financial reserves and fund investment plans after the 2014 plunge in oil prices that cut export earnings and deprived the banking system of funds.

Reversing the trend would shift the outlook for an economy which shrank"...

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Russia eyes an exit, while Saudi Arabia holds oil output curbs together
April 22, 2018

Opec kingpin Saudi Arabia is set to maintain a global pact to curb oil output as prices top three-year highs even as Russia looks to ease off production restrictions to meet fiscal targets.

It was “premature” to even talk about gradual easing of cuts at the Opec meeting in June, Saudi oil minister Khalid Al Falih told reporters after the exporter group’s monitoring committee"...

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Ministry of Health urges hajj pilgrims to take vaccines before flying to Saudi Arabia
April 22, 2018

The Ministry of Health has urged all citizens and residents who want to perform the hajj pilgrimage this year to take two necessary vaccines before they fly off to Saudi Arabia.

The ministry stated, “Those citizens and residents who wish to perform hajj pilgrimage during this year and accepted by the electronic sorting announced by the Ministry of Awqaf and Religious Affairs have"...

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Saudi Arabia Says Toy Drone Shot Down in Capital Riyadh
April 22, 2018

Saudi security forces shot down a small recreational drone flying in an unauthorized space in the capital Riyadh on Saturday, according to the kingdom’s state news agency.

The Saudis put out the statement from the Riyadh police after a flurry of unconfirmed rumors spread on social media of clashes and gunfire near the royal palace and a possible coup.

The"...

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Finance Minister says Saudi Arabia is investing in technology 'like there's no tomorrow'
April 22, 2018

Saudi Arabia’s finance minister, Mohammed al-Jadaan, says that the oil-rich kingdom is putting down major capital in its efforts to diversify the economy, investing money in technology and “spending as if there is no tomorrow.”

The tech push is part of the country’s push to decrease its reliance on oil as Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman has stressed a need for a"...

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Saudi aid agency steps up relief work on Yemen’s west coast
April 22, 2018

King Salman Relief and Humanitarian Aid Center (KSRelief) has distributed 2,000 bags of wheat to displaced people from the western coast of Hodeida governorate to Aden as part of welfare operations in Yemen.
Yemen’s Minister of Local Administration and Higher Relief Committee chairman Abdul Raqeeb Fatah said KSRelief was seen as a beacon for humanitarian work.
More than 200 relief programs and projects had been carried out by the center in Yemen....

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Saudi Arabia will be one of the very best countries for tourism, says Prince Sultan
April 22, 2018

Saudi Arabia will be one of the most attractive countries for tourism because of its location, its unique tourist and historic elements and its hospitable and welcoming people, said Prince Sultan bin Salman.
Prince Sultan, who is president of the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage (SCTH), told the annual conference of the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) in the Argentine capital Buenos Aires that the efforts of the SCTH and its partners"...

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Makkah workshop approves 27 initiatives to enhance religious moderation and tolerance
April 22, 2018

Makkah Gov. Prince Khaled Al-Faisal has inaugurated the “mithaq” initiative, the first of its kind to be held at the Holy Mosques, and received the book on “Following the Steps of the Role Model” from the General President of the Affairs of the Two Holy Mosques Sheikh Abdulrahman Al-Sudais.

The initiative included three workshops: The first workshop, Creating Initiatives"...

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CITC warns of fake gift promises via WhatsApp
April 22, 2018

The Communications and Information Technology Commission (CITC) warned users of the freeware and cross-platform messaging service WhatsApp of becoming victims of e-hackers and scammers and responding to fake messages claiming to be from the application's team. The goal of these messages is to steal the user's information, Al-Hayat reported.

CITC stressed the need to report those messages to the security services. The commission highlighted the"...

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Saudi Arabia Pushes to Use Solar Power for Desalination Plants
April 21, 2018

It seems like a natural fit for desert dwellers: Use the sun to scrub salt from groundwater or seawater and make it suitable to drink.

Armed with oil money, the Saudi government’s Saline Water Conversion Corp. (SWCC) has already built the world’s most extensive network of desalination plants. However, like many facilities"...

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