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Saudi prince makes bold challenges to kingdom's old ways
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Saudi prince makes bold challenges to kingdom's old ways

Thursday, 5 May 2016 8:38 AM

Plans, aimed at ending dependence on oil by 2030, require shaking up a bureaucracy that has stymied changes in the past

Saudi riyal peg pressure eases, but not gone
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Saudi riyal peg pressure eases, but not gone

Wednesday, 27 April 2016 7:10 PM

Volatile energy swings mean the currency remains vulnerable, especially if Riyadh fails to deliver fast on its reform plans

Saudi reform plans flirt with social change
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Saudi reform plans flirt with social change

Wednesday, 27 April 2016 10:57 AM

Ruling family has preferred gradual liberalisation * Saudi reform plan avoided overt social change * Prince's ideas point towards reforms

Saudi Arabia’s 2030 Vision reform plan: What we know so far
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Saudi Arabia’s 2030 Vision reform plan: What we know so far

Tuesday, 26 April 2016 9:41 AM

Details of what Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and the government released in documents provided to the media

Entrepreneurship, innovation become economic growth drivers in Saudi Arabia
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Entrepreneurship, innovation become economic growth drivers in Saudi Arabia

Sunday, 24 April 2016 9:55 AM

Entrepreneurship and innovation have become the new economic growth engines of Saudi Arabia. Tamara Pupic analyses how encouraging new social attitudes toward the kingdom’s innovative youth is about to enact change for the better.

Saudi king's visit overshadowed by Egyptian islands row
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Saudi king's visit overshadowed by Egyptian islands row

Wednesday, 13 April 2016 3:42 PM

Outraged Egyptians accuse their once-popular president, Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, of giving up land to curry favour with the Saudis

The Gulf's sovereign dilemma
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The Gulf's sovereign dilemma

Saturday, 9 April 2016 12:15 AM

With oil prices still faltering around their lowest level in 11 years, many GCC governments are drawing down assets from their once swelling sovereign wealth funds to plug budget deficits. Yet this is having a knock-on impact on global markets

Saudi king sets aside frustrations with Egypt for state visit
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Saudi king sets aside frustrations with Egypt for state visit

Tuesday, 5 April 2016 2:21 PM

Rare foreign trip by Saudi ruler will counter media commentary of discord between the richest Arab state and the most populous

Saudi Arabia's bitter Lebanese divorce
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Saudi Arabia's bitter Lebanese divorce

Tuesday, 5 April 2016 11:54 AM

Riyadh cuts aid to Lebanese army and security services in a move seen as abandoning Lebanon to Iranian influence

Bahrain punishes opponents by revoking their citizenship
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Bahrain punishes opponents by revoking their citizenship

Thursday, 31 March 2016 4:23 PM

Bahrain has long faced opponents on the streets, mainly from its Shi'ite population demanding more rights

In era of cheap oil, Saudi loses shine for foreign workers
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In era of cheap oil, Saudi loses shine for foreign workers

Thursday, 24 March 2016 9:07 AM

Hundreds of thousands of foreign workers in the kingdom may lose their jobs as government to restricts employment opportunities for expats

Iran – back in the game?
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Iran – back in the game?

Friday, 11 March 2016 10:26 PM

Despite the lifting of sanctions in January, many foreign companies remain so nervous about entering Iran that the country's leaders have asked the IMF to step in to reassure investors, proving that Iran has its work cut out if it is to be a significant player in the international economy

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'Social curse' of huge personal debt raises worries in wealthy Qatar
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'Social curse' of huge personal debt raises worries in wealthy Qatar

Thursday, 3 March 2016 8:06 PM

Generous government salaries and free healthcare do not always translate into healthy bank balances for ordinary Qataris

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Rating agency risk mounts for Saudi Arabia as views diverge
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Rating agency risk mounts for Saudi Arabia as views diverge

Thursday, 25 February 2016 5:15 PM

Investors in Saudi Arabia now have a new source of uncertainty: widely different views from the world's three major credit rating agencies

The Saudi pointman for reform with a troubleshooter reputation
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The Saudi pointman for reform with a troubleshooter reputation

Thursday, 25 February 2016 2:01 PM

Former mayor of Jeddah has become the ruling family's point man for a wide-ranging revamp of Saudi Arabia's economy


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