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

Updated 20 April 2019

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.

News Corp. Australia’s push for digitization to lead to job losses

Updated 28 May 2020

News Corp. Australia’s push for digitization to lead to job losses

News Corp. Australia said it would restructure its organization to focus on digital publishing, a move that will also lead to job losses.
Scores of regional and community titles will be published only digitally from June 29 under the reorganization, the Australian arm of the mass media and publishing firm News Corp. said in a statement on Wednesday.
The company did not specify how many jobs could be lost, but Australian media reported up to 1,000 staff could be axed as a result of the restructuring.
It said its print publications had become unsustainable amid the coronavirus pandemic and the loss of revenue to digital platforms that use its content without payment.
“To meet these changing trends, we are reshaping News Corp. Australia to focus on where consumers and businesses are moving and to strengthen our position as Australia’s leading digital news media company,” News Corp. Australasia Executive Chairman Michael Miller said.
News Corp. incurred an impairment charge of $1.1 billion in the third quarter ended March 31, primarily related to a write-down at its struggling Australian pay television unit, Foxtel.