Editorial



Editorial: 5-year iqama plan: A very wise move

Though they can often be frustrating, the rules laid down by bureaucracy generally serve some purpose. “Red tape” is an easy target for critics, not least in the media.



King Abdullah’s quiet and persistent statesmanship

Just as there was an economic inevitability that the countries of Europe would come together to form a potent global trading bloc, so the Gulf Cooperation Council has a logic that cannot be denied.



Using solar power for desalination projects

German scientists produced some remarkable research earlier this year. They published a report which said that a solar panel farm that covered the relatively small area of 254 sq.



Women in workplace

Hiring expatriates to do work that can perfectly well undertaken by Saudis is a waste of money. Much of the cash is remitted to other countries. It is also a waste of opportunity.



A disturbing phenomenon

Young Saudis, studying abroad are increasingly becoming apparent victims of Islamophobia.



The scandal of crowded classes

Education has for some while been one of the largest items in the Kingdom’s annual budgets.



Begging is nothing but moral blackmail

GIVING money to beggars in the street seems an easy way to do something nice. Pull out a few coins or a low denomination note and put it in the open hand. A mumbled blessing may come your way.



Haj is a time for unity

The Ummah is brought together at the holy sites.



Fighting forces of darkness

Saudi warplanes were part of the first international mission to attack the so-called Islamic State militants in their Syrian bases.



Commercial genius of Saudi SMEs

Despite the presence of world-class companies in sectors such as construction, engineering, petrochemicals, banking and finance, business in Saudi Arabia is still dominated by Small and Medium-Sized E

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