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‘We’re serious about net zero’ says Saudi’s PIF chief

PIF establishing new hydrogen company Fund plans to develop 70 percent of renewable energy targets Kingdom to phase out almost all liquids Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund (PIF) is committed to achieving its goal of developing 70 percent of the kingdom’s renewable energy by the end of the decade, PIF’s governor confirmed today. Despite it […]

Saudi teams with Indian travel portal to boost tourism

The Saudi Tourism Authority has signed an agreement with EaseMyTrip, India’s second-largest online travel platform for air ticket bookings, as part of its goal to exceed 70 million visitors to the kingdom by the end of 2022. As part of the deal, EaseMyTrip will raise awareness about Saudi Arabia as a tourist destination in India […]

Face, Person, Human

Biden in talks to meet Saudi Crown Prince for first time

US President Joe Biden and Saudi Arabian Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman could meet for the first time as soon as next month, CNN reported on Thursday, citing multiple sources. Biden administration officials are in talks with the Saudis about arranging a potential in-person meeting while Biden is overseas next month, the report added. The […]

Almost all stock prices were down

Price corrections in Gulf markets, with Saudi Tadawul down 2.3%

Most stock markets in the Gulf ended lower on Thursday, tracking global shares as investors shunned riskier assets on worries about global inflation, China’s zero-Covid policy and the Ukraine war. The S&P 500 had lost 4 percent on Wednesday while the Nasdaq had fallen almost 5 percent as stark warnings from some of the world’s […]

Lucid’s electric vehicle hub to create 4,500 jobs in Saudi

US-based Lucid Group on Wednesday revealed more details about its plans to build an electric vehicle (EV) production hub in Saudi Arabia, with 4,500 jobs to be created.  With an annual capacity to build 155,000 EVs, agreements in place are estimated to provide financing and incentives to Lucid of up to $3.4 billion over the […]

Facebook’s Meta signs partnership to support Saudi tech startups

Meta, the company formerly known as Facebook, has announced a new partnership with Riyadh-based STV (Saudi Technology Ventures), the Middle East’s largest venture capital fund, to support the growth of technology startups in the kingdom. Founded in 2018 by Abdulrahman Tarabzouni, STV has capital of over $500 million and it’s portfolio of investments includes regional […]

AGBI

Saudi credit to SMEs up 11.5%, startup funding up 145%

Credit provided by Saudi financial institutions to small businesses rose by 11.5 percent last year, while funding raised by startups in the kingdom is up 145 percent this year, as the Riyadh government continues to encourage the development of the country’s local business community. Credit awarded to Saudi micro, small and medium-sized enterprises reached 203.25 […]

Saudi Arabia’s PIF takes stake in video game giant Nintendo

Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund (PIF) has taken a 5.01 percent stake in Nintendo Co Ltd as the sovereign wealth fund increases its exposure to the Japanese video gaming industry. The investment in the Kyoto-based group company was made for investment purposes, a filing said, and comes as PIF has also taken stakes in video […]

Hossein Amirabdollahian

‘No development’ in Tehran-Riyadh talks, says minister

Iran’s foreign ministry said yesterday there has been “no new development” since April in talks between Iran and Saudi Arabia, shortly after a lawmaker said top diplomats of the rival countries will meet soon. Earlier, an Iranian lawmaker told the semi-official Fars news agency that Iran’s Hossein Amirabdollahian will soon meet his Saudi counterpart Faisal […]

Japan edges ahead of Saudi and Qatar to host Asian Cup

The Japan Football Association (JFA) has been informally approached about the possibility of replacing China as hosts of next year’s Asian Cup, Chairman Kozo Tashima told Nikkan Sports. The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) announced last Saturday that China had pulled out of hosting the 24-team continental championship, citing the COVID-19 situation in the country. “We […]

Mobile Phone, Cell Phone, Phone

Open all hours: inside the Gulf’s banking revolution

The UAE’s first open banking platform is helping fintech and banks bring personalised services to customers, and is accelerating the regional growth of this progressive sector The Gulf has the potential to leapfrog other regions of the world, including Europe, with its adoption of open banking as bricks and mortar branches “slowly disappear”, according to […]

Face, Person, Human

Saudi puts its energy into increasing oil output

Saudi Arabia is on track to lift oil production capacity by more than 1 million barrels per day to over 13 million by the end of 2026 or start of 2027, the energy minister said on Monday. Prince Abdulaziz bin Salman told an energy conference in Bahrain that production could be maintained at that level should market […]

Shelter, Countryside, Rural

Saudi extends deposit for Yemen and pays $2bn instalment

Saudi Arabia has extended a deposit it gave the central bank of Yemen’s internationally recognised government in 2018, and agreed to pay the final instalment of the $2 billion support package it promised. The Saudi finance ministry said the 2018 deposit would be extended to support Yemen’s currency and economic situation. The Yemeni central bank […]

Strong oil prices lift Saudi Aramco profits by 82%

State-owned oil producer Saudi Aramco yesterday reported an almost 82 percent rise in first-quarter net profit, broadly in line with analyst forecasts, helped by strong oil prices. Aramco, which is at par with Apple Inc as the world’s most valuable company, reported a net income of $39.5 billion for the quarter to March 31 from […]

Newcastle United's away shirt next season

Newcastle United strip to be Saudi Arabia green

Newcastle United’s away kit for next season will be green and white, to reflect the club’s new owners from Saudi Arabia. Public Investment Fund (PIF), Saudi’s sovereign wealth fund, bought an 80 percent stake in the football club for £305 million last October. And to attract more supporters from the region the players will wear […]

Apple's market capitalisation was over $10bn less than Saudi Aramco's

Aramco takes bite out of Apple as world’s most valuable company

Saudi Aramco overtook US tech giant Apple as the world’s most valuable company yesterday, fuelled by a rise in oil prices   The same global economic drivers that are buoying the energy company’s profits are adding to an inflation surge, dampening demand for technology stocks. Aramco traded near its highest level on record, with a market capitalisation […]

PGA Tour bans golfers from taking part in Saudi-backed event

The PGA Tour on Tuesday rejected requests from players for authorisation to play the first Saudi-backed LIV Golf Invitational Series event in London next month. The new series, which offers the promise of super-sized prize money, is set to begin June 9 and would conflict with the RBC Canadian Open, a PGA Tour official told […]

3 smiling children

‘Zakat can save the world’ … and this is how

International charities hit hard by the pandemic are turning to Zakat, which requires Muslims to donate a percentage of their wealth to help the needy As countries rich and poor reeled from the impact of the coronavirus pandemic in 2020 and 2021, the work of charities was more important than ever. Yet many of these […]

Air travel took a massive hit globally as the pandemic took hold. Picture: Creative Commons

Saudi reveals post-Covid entry policy in tourism push

Government white paper proposes simplifying health-related entry protocols for travellers to the kingdom Saudi Arabia is working to introduce a shared framework by which countries can share information on local and global health crises to prevent disruption in air travel to and from the kingdom. The proposed policy, called Harmonising Air Travel and set out […]

Prince Abdulaziz bin Salman, the energy minister, said the net-zero scenario was "la la land". Picture: Creative Commins

Lack of investment to blame for fuel price surge, says minister

The gap between crude prices and prices for jet fuel, diesel and gasoline was around 60 percent in some cases due to lack of investment in refining capacity, Saudi Arabia’s energy minister Prince Abdulaziz bin Salman said yesterday. The prince, speaking at an aviation summit in Riyadh, said the world needed to look at energy […]