Category: Saudi Arabia

Opinion: ‘Shariah-compliant’ tourism opens new markets

| 17/09/2012 | Reply
Opinion: ‘Shariah-compliant’ tourism opens new markets

These days, more and more Muslim travellers are looking for the “halal” label on hotels, restaurants and even airlines when they travel. One-quarter of the world’s population is Muslim and they are becoming a growing sector of the world’s economy

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Saudi Arabia: Organic farms to constitute 5% of total planted area by 2017

| 12/09/2012 | Reply
Saudi Arabia: Organic farms to constitute 5% of total planted area by 2017

Demand for agricultural products is swelling in Saudi Arabia, driven by a population boom, rising incomes, affluent lifestyles and a strong economy – the largest in the Gulf region.

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Saudi Arabia: Inflatable Solar Canopy to Power the Arabian Peninsula?

| 10/09/2012 | Reply
Saudi Arabia: Inflatable Solar Canopy to Power the Arabian Peninsula?

An MIT student proposes to solar-power the Arabian peninsula with more than 10,000 square kilometers of Powerscape – a tensile solar-collecting canopy comprised of inflatable mirrors.

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Saudi Arabia: Ramadan TV Gently Pushes Saudi Boundaries

| 20/08/2012 | Reply
Saudi Arabia: Ramadan TV Gently Pushes Saudi Boundaries

Ramadan is also when Saudis talk, blog and tweet about what they are watching, and it’s a broader and spicier array of shows than outsiders might imagine.

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Women-only city planned for Saudi Arabia

| 11/08/2012 | 1 Reply
Women-only city planned for Saudi Arabia

The Gulf kingdom is working on the narrow junction between strict Sharia law and the aspirations of active females who wish to pursue their own careers. Construction is planned to begin next year.

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Saudi Arabia follows Egypt, UAE, Algeria to exempt Olympics athletes from fasting

| 22/07/2012 | Reply
Saudi Arabia follows Egypt, UAE, Algeria to exempt Olympics athletes from fasting

Hakmi said that as the athletes are traveling with the intention of returning, not to stay there. Therefore, they and whoever accompanies them can skip their Ramdan fasting, even if their stay “reaches 15 or 19 days.

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Ramadan Warning In Saudi Arabia To Non-Muslims

| 20/07/2012 | Reply
Ramadan Warning In Saudi Arabia To Non-Muslims

Saudi authorities warned non-Muslim expatriates on Friday, the first day of Ramadan, not to eat, drink, or smoke in public until the end of the Muslim holy month’s sunrise-to-sunset fast – or face expulsion.

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Al Kabeer to open 50 million riyal plant in Saudi Arabia

| 13/07/2012 | Reply
Al Kabeer to open 50 million riyal plant in Saudi Arabia

The company applied for a trade licence that it expects within three months and will start building immediately afterwards. The factory will produce Saudi-customised food products to cater to the local market.

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Saudi Arabia: Saudis to finally get Halal home loans

| 09/07/2012 | Reply
Saudi Arabia: Saudis to finally get Halal home loans

The introduction of a truly Shari’ah compliant mortgage law in KSA was always going to be a slow train coming but it appears that it has now happened. The ramifications of this development for KSA could be enormous.

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Saudi Arabia: Preparations in place for Ramadan

| 05/07/2012 | Reply
Saudi Arabia: Preparations in place for Ramadan

Minister of Haj Bandar Hajjar said arrangements are in full swing to cope with the huge influx of pilgrims from all over the world during the upcoming peak Umrah season in Ramadan, and to welcome the fasting month of Ramadan.

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Saudi Arabia: The Hotel Show

| 01/07/2012 | Reply
Saudi Arabia: The Hotel Show

The Hotel Show Saudi Arabia is set for success as the Kingdom’s Hospitality sector booms
with a flourishing Travel & Tourism industry driving unprecedented business opportunities.

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Saudi Arabia: New Brazilian food brand to enter KSA

| 25/06/2012 | 1 Reply
Saudi Arabia: New Brazilian food brand to enter KSA

Maricota brand products are about to enter supermarket shelves in Saudi Arabia after signing contracts to supply 300 tons of frozen products to Al Othaim Markets, that operates in retail, wholesale and distribution of foods.

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Opinion: Crude Oil Price To Fall Further? Saudi Seeks To Checkmate Iran and Russia

| 25/06/2012 | Reply
Opinion: Crude Oil Price To Fall Further? Saudi Seeks To Checkmate Iran and Russia

Forget the plunge to $80 a barrel, there are new predictions emerging that oil could fall further to between $60 and $40 per barrel by this autumn. Why? There are many factors at work and Saudi Arabia is one of them.

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Saudi Arabia: Saudi succession decisions come at crucial time

| 17/06/2012 | Reply
Saudi Arabia: Saudi succession decisions come at crucial time

The death of Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Nayef bin Abdul-Aziz on Saturday means that – for the second time in less than a year – the key Western ally must pick an heir to the 88-year-old King Abdullah.

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Saudis demand that McDonald’s be punished for Happy Meal toy

| 29/05/2012 | Reply
Saudis demand that McDonald’s be punished for Happy Meal toy

The people of Saudi Arabia are furious with the McDonald’s fast food chain for a toy which they say desecrates the name of Muhammed, the Prophet of Islam. They are demanding retribution.

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UAE: Call for same rules on cosmetics in GCC

| 29/05/2012 | Reply
UAE: Call for same rules on cosmetics in GCC

The priority now is to focus on the UAE, where each emirate has a different set of rules governing the regulation of consumer products, from lipsticks and shampoos to skin creams.

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Partner Event: Global hoteliers strengthen Saudi Arabia’s industry presence

| 28/05/2012 | Reply
Partner Event: Global hoteliers strengthen Saudi Arabia’s industry presence

The two-day Kingdom Hotel Expansion Summit in Riyadh gathered up to 300 prominent hoteliers, food and beverage heads, executive chefs, developers, consultants and global hospitality suppliers to discuss trends and assess the future of the industry.

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International donors pledge $4bn for Yemen

| 24/05/2012 | Reply
International donors pledge $4bn for Yemen

Neighbouring Saudi Arabia is providing the bulk of the funds, promising $3.25bn to help the goverment improve infrastructure and security. Aid agencies have warned that Yemen is on the brink of food crisis.

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Event: Experts gather to harness Saudi Arabia’s tourism potential

| 24/05/2012 | Reply
Event: Experts gather to harness Saudi Arabia’s tourism potential

The Kingdom Hotel Expansion Summit, themed ‘harnessing a thriving future for the Saudi hospitality industry’ commences tomorrow in Riyadh to address the Kingdom’s increasing tourism requirements.

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Saudi Arabia: Grand Mosque Expansion

| 18/05/2012 | Reply
Saudi Arabia: Grand Mosque Expansion

Posted on May 18, 2012 by John Burgess Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah has been on the throne for seven years now. Saudi media is pretty busy writing up encomiums for the changes and developments he has pushed. One, particularly noteworthy, has been the expansion of the Grand Mosque in Mecca. Arab News reports that the most recent expansions […]

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