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 ·

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 ·

Update US patience with Iran on nuclear deal ‘not unlimited’: State Department

US patience with Iran on nuclear deal ‘not unlimited’: State Department

  • Iran has not formally responded to a US offer last week to talk with Iran in a joint meeting with the countries that negotiated the deal
By Reuters ·

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 ·

Egypt backs call to internationalize Ethiopia dam dispute

Egypt backs call to internationalize Ethiopia dam dispute

  • The dispute centers on how much water Ethiopia will release downstream if a multi-year drought occurs and how the three countries would settle any future disputes
  • Sudan wants Ethiopia to coordinate and share data on dam’s operation to avoid flooding and protect its own power-generating dams on the Blue Nile
By AP ·

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 ·