Arab News at 44: Top 10 most read stories of the year

Updated 20 April 2019
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Arab News at 44: Top 10 most read stories of the year

RIYADH: As Arab News celebrates its 44th anniversary, we take a look back at what our loyal readers were perusing over the past 12 months — from Mariah Carey rocking the Kingdom to talk about Saudi Aramco's IPO, it certainly was an eventful year on the pages of Arab News.

King Salman extends Saudi National Day break to Monday

Saudi Arabia's King Salman gave Saudis across the Kingdom some very welcome news when he ordered a one day extension to the National Day break back in September 2018.

ExxonMobil close to hitting huge oil reserves in Pakistan, bigger than Kuwait’s

The US energy giant ExxonMobil announced it was close to hitting huge oil reserves near the Pakistan-Iran border, which were reported to be even bigger than the Kuwaiti reserves, in August 2018.

Frenchman commits suicide in Saudi Arabia’s Grand Mosque in Makkah

Tragedy struck in June last year when a Frenchman committed suicide by throwing himself off the roof of the Grand Mosque in the holy city of Makkah.

41 job types designated as Saudi-only

Saudi Minister of Labor and Social Development Ahmed bin Suleiman Al-Rajhi issued a decree back in December to limit work in 41 fields in Madinah to Saudi men and women. The ruling kicked into action earlier this month on April 7.

Mariah Carey wows fans in Saudi Arabia with her first concert in the Kingdom

Earlier this year, Mariah Carey took the stage in Saudi Arabia to become the highest profile international artist to perform in the Kingdom since the easing of restrictions on entertainment. What an electric night of music it was too...

US universities honor Saudi students who died trying to rescue kids

In September 2018, two Saudi students in the US died trying to save two young children from drowning and were awarded posthumous honorary degrees from the universities they were attending after their bravery came to light.

Al-Falih confirms Saudi Aramco IPO expected within two years 

The much-anticipated stock market launch of Saudi Aramco, the world’s biggest oil company, was announced to be taking place within two years, Khalid Al-Falih, Saudi minister of energy, industry and mineral resources, said back in March.

Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman meets with Prince Alwaleed, discuss role of private sector under Vision 2030​

Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman met with Prince Alwaleed bin Talal and discussed the private sector's future and role in the success of Vision 2030 back in July 2018.

An Arab affair: Trump daughter falls for Lebanese billionaire heir

It was said that US President Donald Trump would have to think twice before speaking politics at the dinner table once it was reported that his daughter Tiffany was dating Lebanese business heir Michael Boulos.


CEO of Qatar’s BeIn TV channel, former Athletics chief under probe for alleged corruption

Updated 22 May 2019
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CEO of Qatar’s BeIn TV channel, former Athletics chief under probe for alleged corruption

  • Investigating magistrates are considering charging Yousef Al-Obaidly with active corruption
  • There were allegation of corruption in the bidding process for this year’s World Athletics Championships in Doha

PARIS: The boss of Qatari television channel BeIn, Yousef Al-Obaidly, and ex-athletics chief Lamine Diack, have been under investigation since March over alleged corruption in the bidding process for this year’s World Athletics Championships in Doha, sources told AFP on Tuesday.
Investigating magistrates are considering charging Al-Obaidly with active corruption, while Diack will act as a key witness in the matter and will be charged with passive corruption.
The championships take place at the Khalifa International Stadium between September 27 and October 6.
Earlier this week AFP learned that Diack and his son Papa Massata Diack may go on trial in a separate matter, for allegedly obstructing sanctions against Russia for doping in return for payments.
Prosecutors have recommended Diack, who was president of the International Association of Athletics Federations from 1999 to 2015, be tried for corruption and money laundering.