Update Saudi Arabia announces launch of Soudah Development Company

Saudi Arabia announces launch of Soudah Development Company

  • The company aims to attract more than two million visitors annually, and create 8,000 direct and indirect permanent jobs by 2030
  • Investment of $3 billion in tourism infrastructure and attractions to create a world-class mountain destination in the Asir region
By Arab News ·

HRW lauds Iraqi arrest of alleged members of Iran-backed force

HRW lauds Iraqi arrest of alleged members of Iran-backed force

  • 4 men under investigation for killing of civilians during anti-govt protests
  • Attacks by Popular Mobilization Forces against civilians continue
By Arab News ·

New Houthi demands delay efforts to assess decaying oil tanker off Yemen

New Houthi demands delay efforts to assess decaying oil tanker off Yemen

  • UN said officials continue to work ‘as diligently as possible on a field where sometimes the goalposts seem to shift’
  • Experts fear that without repairs it could leak four times as much oil as was spilled in the 1989 Exxon Valdez disaster
By Ephrem Kossaify ·

Update Saudi crown prince undergoes successful appendicitis surgery

Saudi crown prince undergoes successful appendicitis surgery

  • The crown prince left the hospital later on Wednesday
By Arab News ·

Special Lebanon MPs who jumped vaccine queue defend their actions

Lebanon MPs who jumped vaccine queue defend their actions

  • World Bank threatens to suspend its backing for the country’s vaccination drive
By NAJIA HOUSSARI ·

Special ‘Nation of one kidney’: Scarred by poverty, more Afghans turn to illicit organ trade

‘Nation of one kidney’: Scarred by poverty, more Afghans turn to illicit organ trade

  • Herat residents and lawmakers accused the government of failing to provide jobs and alleviate them from poverty, leading to a rise in the illegal kidney trade
By Sayed Salahuddin ·

PIF put $1 billion into Lucid in 2018, giving it a majority stake in the California-based company when it was at the early stages of designing advanced luxury electric cars. (Supplied)

PIF makes billions on its investment in Lucid Motors

  • Saudi stake in Californian electric vehicle maker is proving a profitable step
By Frank Kane ·

Special Sheikh Ahmad Zaki Yamani, a key player in the first oil shock of 1973, has died at the age of 90 on February 23, 2021. (AN collage)

How a Wikipedia error took root in the world’s media: Ahmad Zaki Yamani, the ‘first OPEC secretary-general’ that never was

  • A factual mistake in the Arabic language Wikipedia page of the late Saudi oil minister has exposed a professional crisis among some of the region’s leading media outlets
By TAREK ALI AHMAD ·

Special Sheikh Ahmad Zaki Yamani, a key player in the first oil shock of 1973, has died at the age of 90 on February 23, 2021. (AN collage)

How a Wikipedia error took root in the world’s media: Ahmad Zaki Yamani, the ‘first OPEC secretary-general’ that never was

  • A factual mistake in the Arabic language Wikipedia page of the late Saudi oil minister has exposed a professional crisis among some of the region’s leading media outlets
By TAREK ALI AHMAD ·