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Saudi Arabia’s Hajj and Umrah Ministry & Customs sign MoU for Pilgrim movement at King Abdulaziz

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Dubai Tourism targets increased visitors from Saudi Arabia


Dubai Tourism has partnered with Seera to strengthen travel ties with Saudi Arabia. Under the agreement, Almosafer, Seera’s consumer travel brand, will promote Dubai to Saudi travellers, with customers able to book itineraries online and offline. A previous partnership between the two recorded more than 100,000 bookings from Saudi Arabian travellers to Dubai in 2018. Issam Kazim, CEO of Dubai ... Read More »

Oil rises as Saudi Arabia sees producers sticking with ongoing supply cuts


SINGAPORE: Oil prices rose on Monday after Saudi Arabia said producer club OPEC and Russia should keep supplies restricted at current levels, and in relief that the United States withdrew a tariff threat against Mexico, removing a cloud over the global economy. Despite Monday’s increases, traders said concerns about the health of the global economy and its impact on fuel ... Read More »

Ineos to invest £1.6bn in building Saudi Arabia chemical plants


Ineos, owned by the UK’s richest person, Sir Jim Ratcliffe, will invest $2bn (£1.6bn) in Saudi Arabia for the construction of three chemical plants. It is the energy and chemical firm’s first investment in the oil-rich kingdom, which has been criticised over the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi and other human rights abuses. The three plants to be constructed by ... Read More »

French Arms Not Loaded on Saudi-Destined Ship


The French anti-torture group ACAT has stated that the cargo Bahri Tabuk left for the port of Alexandria in Egypt earlier this week without a cargo of French weapons it claims were destined for use by Saudi Arabia in Yemen. Dockers from Fos-sur-Mer, France, helped to prevent loading of the military equipment. “We are delighted to see that French civil ... Read More »

An unnamed Saudi buyer spent $52.2 million on a 20,000-square-foot Los Angeles


A wealthy Saudi buyer has snapped up two neighboring Los Angeles mansions to create a $52.2 million compound, The Wall Street Journal reported. The larger home, which has seven bedrooms and about 20,000 square feet of living space, sold for $45 million, making it the most expensive home sold in LA this year, according to The Journal. The four-bedroom, 4,300-square-foot ... Read More »

Saudi Arabia asks nations to respond to Iran with ‘firmness’

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JIDDAH, Saudi Arabia — Saudi Arabia’s foreign minister says Muslim nations must confront recent attacks blamed on Iran with “all means of force and firmness.” Ibrahim al-Assaf made the comments early Thursday at a meeting of foreign ministers of the 57-nation Organization of Islamic Cooperation in Jiddah ahead of a series of summits in the kingdom. Al-Assaf said the alleged ... Read More »

King Abdul Aziz Port receives largest container ship in Saudi history


After making history at Port Khalifa in Abu Dhabi yesterday, Cosco Shipping’s Solar container ship has docked in Dammam’s King Abdul Aziz Port, becoming the largest container ship ever to make port in Saudi Arabia. Solar is 400 meters long, 59 meters wide and has a draft of 16 meters, but what makes it a record-breaker is its immense cargo ... Read More »

China’s Saudi Oil Imports Jumps After Waiver On Iranian Oil Sanction Expires


China’s purchase of Saudi crude oil jumped 43 percent on the year in April to an average 1.53 million barrels per day compared to 1.07 million barrels per day in April last year. Independent refiners continued to import more on Saudi as the sanctions on Iranian oil continues. Imports of Saudi and Russian oil increased after the waivers to purchase ... Read More »

China’s crude oil imports from Saudi Arabia up 43%


BEIJING: China’s crude oil imports from Saudi Arabia rose 43 percent in April, making the Middle Eastern OPEC kingpin once again the top supplier to the world’s second-biggest economy, boosted by demand from new private refiners. Saudi imports grew to 6.30 million tons, or 1.53 million barrels per day (bpd) on a daily basis, compared with 1.07 million bpd in ... Read More »

Sudan general vows to back Saudi Arabia against Iran ‘threats’

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman attends the Future Investment Initiative (FII) conference in the Saudi capital Riyadh on October 23, 2018. - Saudi Arabia is hosting the key investment summit overshadowed by the killing of critic Jamal Khashoggi that has prompted a wave of policymakers and corporate giants to withdraw. (Photo by FAYEZ NURELDINE / AFP)        (Photo credit should read FAYEZ NURELDINE/AFP/Getty Images)

A top Sudanese general vowed to back regional ally Saudi Arabia against “all threats and attacks” from Iran during talks with the kingdom’s crown prince, Sudan’s military council said Friday. General Mohamed Hamdan Dagalo, the deputy chief of Sudan’s transitional military council, met with Mohammed bin Salman in Jeddah, the official Saudi Press Agency reported earlier in the day. “Sudan ... Read More »

Saudi Arabia downs explosive-laden drone from Yemen


Saudi Arabia on Thursday shot down a bomb-laden drone deployed by rebels in neighbouring Yemen to attack an airport in the kingdom, the Riyadh-led coalition fighting on the side of Yemen’s government said. “An explosive-laden drone sent by the terrorist Huthi militia to target Najran airport” was intercepted and destroyed by the Saudi air force, coalition spokesman Colonel Turki al-Maliki ... Read More »

Saudi Customs pilots blockchain shipment to Rotterdam using TradeLens


On the 13th of May Saudi Customs announced it has executed its first blockchain powered shipment on the TradeLens platform. The cargo left from Dammam Port in Saudi Arabia for Rotterdam. For the pilot, the documents and data were processed by all parties to the shipment on FASAH, Saudi Arabia’s national single window for digital cross border trade transactions. The ... Read More »

Buses to ‘Umrah’ busted after trying to smuggle drugs in Saudi Arabia


Smuggling drugs into Saudi Arabia seems to rely on creativity. The illegal narcotics have been transported via drones, boats, shoes, and now buses. On Sunday, customs officials in the kingdom busted two buses for attempting to harbor thousands of illegal drugs into the country. The officials found over 184,000 Captagon pills, otherwise known as Fenethylline tablets, on board the vehicles. ... Read More »

Saudi customs thwart smuggling attempts on buses transporting Umrah worshippers


RIYADH: The Halat Ammar Customs on the Kingdom’s northwestern border prevented two attempts to smuggle a quantity of 184,737 Fenethylline tablets, also known by the brand name of Captagon. The pills were discovered hidden on two buses that were transporting passengers to the Kingdom’s holy sites. Mohammed Qaisi, the customs general manager, said the first bus was carrying 47 passengers ... Read More »

Saudi’s Falih says not sure there is oil shortage, OPEC will act


Saudi Arabia’s Energy Minister Khalid al-Falih said on Saturday that OPEC will be responsive to the oil market’s needs, but that he was not sure there is an oil shortage with data, particularly from the United States, still showing inventories building. Speaking in Jeddah ahead of a ministerial panel gathering on Sunday by top OPEC and non-OPEC producers, including Saudi ... Read More »

Saudi Coalition Targets Houthis In Yemen In Response To Oil Pipeline Attack


The Saudi-led coalition conducted air strikes on Yemen’s capital Sanaa on Thursday, targeting bases of the Iran-aligned Houthis after the Houthis claimed responsibility for the drone attacks on an oil pipeline in Saudi Arabia earlier this week. Saudi Arabia and Iran are essentially fighting a proxy war in Yemen, where the Saudis lead a military Arab coalition to “restore legitimacy” ... Read More »

UAE, Saudi Arabia sign deal to ease trade

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The UAE and Saudi Arabia have signed an authorised economic operator (AEO) agreement aiming to improve the customs cooperation between the two countries and facilitate trade. The move comes in implementation of the outcomes of the Al Azm Retreat, approved by the Saudi-Emirati Coordination Council, reported Emirates news agency Wam. The agreement was signed in Riyadh by Ali Saeed Mattar ... Read More »

Saudi Customs departs the first blockchain shipment to Rotterdam


Saudi Customs witnessed the arrival of the first shipment powered the blockchain technology. The cargo departed Dammam Port in Saudi Arabia bound for Rotterdam while its data and documents were handled by all parties to the shipment on a national single window, FASAH. This is the second milestone within the pilot program launched by customs last year, in collaboration with ... Read More »

Saudi Arabia’s $53bn non-oil stimulus may last beyond 2021


Naif Al-Rasheed, managing director of the Private Sector Stimulus Office is focusing on companies in the real estate, hospitality, healthcare and education sectors Saudi Arabia’s 200 billion-riyal ($53 billion) lifeline to its non-oil economy may be in place for longer than planned as the kingdom supports industries struggling to cope with reforms that pushed up costs and dampened demand. The ... Read More »