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Saudi Arabia is booming with visitors and this time it isn’t only about oil

While Saudi Arabia's de facto ruler Mohammed bin Salman has centralized power and increased political repression since being elevated by his father, King Salman, in 2015, he’s also ended or relaxed restrictions on entertainment and how men and women can mix and is trying to curb a reliance on oil.

Saudi Arabia is booming with visitors and this time it isn’t only about oil ( Anthony Beck)
Saudi Arabia is booming with visitors and this time it isn’t only about oil ( Anthony Beck)
Updated on Aug 22, 2022 01:00 PM IST
Bloomberg | | Posted by Zarafshan Shiraz

Saudi sidescraper to stretch to 75 miles, will house 50 lakh people: Report

If completed, the Mirror Line sidescraper will run from the Gulf of Aqaba, bisecting a mountain range that extends along the coast. The mirrored building will continue east through a mountain resort and complex housing Saudi's government, WSJ report cited the planning documents.

An artistic prototype of the sideways skyscraper which will be built in Saudi Arabia.(Wall Street Journal)
An artistic prototype of the sideways skyscraper which will be built in Saudi Arabia.(Wall Street Journal)
Updated on Jul 25, 2022 01:59 AM IST
By | Written by Aryan Prakash

Joe Biden fist bumps MBS, seeks to reset Saudi ties

White House officials have worked hard on the optics of the meeting between the US president and the crown prince, known as MBS.

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman (right) fist bumps US President Joe Biden, in Jeddah on Friday. (Reuters)
Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman (right) fist bumps US President Joe Biden, in Jeddah on Friday. (Reuters)
Published on Jul 16, 2022 04:50 AM IST
Agencies |

DC trolls Saudi embassy by naming street Jamal Khashoggi Way

The D.C. government has a history of such public moves to troll or shame foreign governments.

Participants stand for a group photo after unveiling a new street sign for Jamal Khashoggi Way outside of the Embassy of Saudi Arabia.(AP)
Participants stand for a group photo after unveiling a new street sign for Jamal Khashoggi Way outside of the Embassy of Saudi Arabia.(AP)
Published on Jun 16, 2022 05:47 AM IST
AP |

Saudi women move from behind wheel to under the hood

Expanding women's rights is central to Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman's Vision 2030 agenda, intended to diversify the oil-dependent economy while softening Saudi Arabia's radical image.

Saudi taxi driver Fahda Fahd sits in her car in the capital Riyadh.(AFP)
Saudi taxi driver Fahda Fahd sits in her car in the capital Riyadh.(AFP)
Published on Jun 03, 2022 08:51 AM IST
AFP |

Pakistan, Saudi Arabia to discuss extending term of $3 billion loan

Pakistan PM Shehbaz Sharif, in his first foreign visit as premier, travelled to Saudi Arabia last week.

A handout picture provided by the Saudi Royal Palace shows Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman (R) welcoming Pakistani Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif in Jeddah. (AFP)
A handout picture provided by the Saudi Royal Palace shows Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman (R) welcoming Pakistani Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif in Jeddah. (AFP)
Published on May 02, 2022 05:36 AM IST
Agencies |

Giant rave in Saudi desert pushes kingdom’s changing boundaries

The electronic music festival in Saudi Arabia this weekend highlighted the changes catapulting through the conservative kingdom under its controversial crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman.

The four-day festival called MDL Beast Soundstorm was endorsed by the government and included performances by global DJs like Tiësto and Armin van Buuren.(Bloomberg)
The four-day festival called MDL Beast Soundstorm was endorsed by the government and included performances by global DJs like Tiësto and Armin van Buuren.(Bloomberg)
Published on Dec 20, 2021 07:28 PM IST
Bloomberg |

Saudi dissident claims MBS talked about using 'poison ring' to kill King

Saad al-Jabri has in the past accused Saudi crown prince MBS of plotting to kill him weeks after the 2018 murder of Jamal Khashoggi. An assessment by the US officials claimed that Khashoggi was killed in an operation approved by the Saudi crown prince.

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, also known by his initials MBS, has been pushing to create a “moderate” Saudi Arabia.(AP File Photo)
Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, also known by his initials MBS, has been pushing to create a “moderate” Saudi Arabia.(AP File Photo)
Published on Oct 25, 2021 12:50 PM IST
By, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

How rich is Saudi Arabia? Kingdom does the math in balance sheet overhaul

"The main purpose of this programme is to have a financial equivalent of an MRI of the government balance sheet," a Finance Ministry spokesman said.

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has put Public Investment Fund (PIF), Saudi Arabia's main sovereign wealth fund, at the centre of reforms.(AP)
Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has put Public Investment Fund (PIF), Saudi Arabia's main sovereign wealth fund, at the centre of reforms.(AP)
Published on Feb 23, 2021 10:19 PM IST
Reuters | , Dubai

US defence secretary calls Saudi Crown Prince, reaffirms strategic ties

Crown Prince Mohammed, who is also Saudi Defence Minister, reviewed bilateral relations with Lloyd Austin, especially in defence cooperation

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman considered by many to be the kingdom's de facto leader and is next in line to the throne held by 85-year-old King Salman(REUTERS)
Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman considered by many to be the kingdom's de facto leader and is next in line to the throne held by 85-year-old King Salman(REUTERS)
Published on Feb 19, 2021 02:29 PM IST
Reuters | , Dubai
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