Columnist

Ellen R. Wald

Ellen R. Wald, Ph.D. is a historian and author of “Saudi, Inc.” She is a Non-Resident Scholar at the Arabia Foundation, a Washington, D.C. think tank, and the president of Transversal Consulting. She also teaches Middle East history and policy at Jacksonville University.
Twitter:  @EnergzdEconomy

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I can’t wait to see Saudi Arabia’s many wonders

When tourist visas to Saudi Arabia become available from Sunday, the rest of the world will finally be able to visit the natural wonders and heritage sites of the Kingdom.

March 29, 2018

These business partners will each drive a hard bargain

Of all the tasks on Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s visit to the US, the most important may be enlisting partners for his efforts to transform the Kingdom’s economy.

March 21, 2018

Four decades that changed a company and a country

Last week marked 38 years since Saudi Arabia took full control of Aramco.

March 17, 2018

Restructure of Saudi Arabia’s job market picks up speed

The military shake-up in Saudi Arabia may be grabbing headlines around the world, but another shift will make a dramatic impact in the longer term.
Thanks to two new economic policies approved last month, an uplift for the country’s lagging private sector economy is on the cards. 

March 03, 2018

Saudi Arabia’s story of ambitions and dreams

Perhaps the greatest challenge Saudi Arabia faces is overcoming the false images and biases that are perpetuated about it in the international media.

February 16, 2018