How the Saudi Women Can Drive poll was conducted

Updated 14 October 2017
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How the Saudi Women Can Drive poll was conducted

As part of the continued partnership between YouGov and Arab News to research attitudes within and about the Arab world, YouGov conducted an opinion poll among Saudi nationals about their views of the decision to allow women to drive in the Kingdom. 
Topics were designed to capture a range of views, including the current level of familiarity with the decision, initial reactions to it, reasons for agreeing or disagreeing with the move, the impact of women driving, reasons for women wanting or not wanting to drive in KSA, and their car-purchase intentions. 
The survey was conducted using an online interview administered among members of the YouGov Plc panel of close to 728,500+ individuals across the MENA region who have agreed to take part in surveys. 
An email was sent to panelists selected at random from the base sample, inviting them to take part in the survey and providing a link to the survey. All figures, unless otherwise stated, are from YouGov. 
The total sample size was 503 Saudi nationals who reside in the Kingdom. Fieldwork was undertaken between Oct. 1-4, 2017. 
The sample was representative of the urban adult Saudi population in terms of gender, age and city of residence. The overall margin of error is 4.38 percent, which is under the admissible level.
The questionnaire included a total of 21 close-ended questions. The effective number of questions applicable per respondent groups were, however, different as they were filtered mainly based on gender. 
There was an even gender split among respondents, with 50 percent males and 50 percent females. Eight in 10 of the sample group fell between the ages of 20 and 39. 
The sample included residents of Riyadh (26 percent), Jeddah (19 percent) Dammam (9 percent) and other cities in Saudi Arabia.

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Bahrain’s Bapco completes multibillion-dollar financing

Updated 16 min 33 sec ago
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Bahrain’s Bapco completes multibillion-dollar financing

DUBAI: State-run Bahrain Petroleum Co. (Bapco) has completed a multibillion-dollar financing aimed at expanding its refining capacity to 380,000 barrels per day (bpd) from 267,000 bpd.
Bahrain, a small non-OPEC Gulf oil producer with around 124.6 million barrels of proven reserves, gets its oil revenue from two fields: the onshore Bahrain field, and the offshore Abu Safah field, which is shared with Saudi Arabia.
Around 88 percent of the crude that Bapco refines comes from neighboring Saudi Arabia, and the rest from Bahrain’s field.
The refinery’s expansion is projected to be completed by 2022, Bapco said in a statement on Sunday.
It did not disclose the size of the financing, but sources previously told Reuters it was over $4 billion.
Five export credit agencies and a syndicate of 21 commercial banks — regional and international — took part in the financing, which includes conventional and Islamic loans, Bapco said.
BNP Paribas, HSBC Middle East and Verus Partners advised the firm on the deal.