Saudi to allow entry of foreign pilgrims

Saudi Arabia will allow foreign pilgrims, between the age of 18 and 50, to enter the country to perform ‘Umrah’ (the Islamic pilgrimage to Mecca) starting from Sunday onwards, the media reported. Continue Reading

Saudi uses sports ‘soft power’ as lever of influence

Saudi Arabia’s hosting of the Dakar Rally this month is just the latest international sporting event to take place in the kingdom as part of a multi-billion-dollar push to boost its battered global image. Continue Reading

Khashoggi fiancee slams global ‘passivity’ to Saudi

“This is not a file that can be closed like this. For me, the murder of Jamal Khashoggi is the most inhuman murder of the modern era,” she said. “I want it to continue to disturb people. Some people have to lose sleep over it,” she added. The report by Callamard had found “credible evidence” linking Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to the killing. Continue Reading

Saudi allows women to join armed forces

Saudi Arabia announced Wednesday it will allow women in the ultra-conservative kingdom to serve in the armed forces as it embarks on a broad programme of economic and social reforms. The move is the latest in a series of measures aimed at increasing the rights of women in the kingdom, even as rights groups accuse Riyadh of cracking down on women activists. Continue Reading

Saudi Arabia to regain India’s top oil supplier spot after Reliance deal

Saudi Arabian Oil Co (Aramco) buying a 20 per cent stake in Reliance Industries’ oil-to-chemical business will help it regain the position of being the biggest supplier of oil to the world’s fastest-growing oil market. Continue Reading