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Saudi music festival spotlights pre-Islamic heritage

Tabouk - Bathed in light, musicians belt out melodies among pre-Islamic desert ruins in northwestern Saudi Arabia, a heritage trove at the centre of efforts to put the reclusive kingdom on the tourism map.

Saudi Arabia creates tech-led energy hub

Saudi Arabia is in the process of developing an energy hub with green technology in mind. Called the King Salman Energy Park, the hub will focus on exploration, production, refining, petrochemicals, conventional power, water production and treatment.

Op-Ed: US Syria withdrawal — What happens next?

Washington - The United States military withdrawal from Syria has drawn universal condemnation from everyone but Vladimir Putin. The odd, mistimed strategy may have some very strange, and hideous, consequences.

Op-Ed: New official version of Khashoggi murder still absolves MBS

The Saudi Public Prosecutor has issued a rare press release that summarized the new official version of events in the murder of Jamal Khashoggi. As in the older version, the Saudi Crown Prince, Mohammed bin Salman (MBS), is absolved of any responsibility.

Op-Ed: Some questions for the Saudis

Ever since Khashoggi went missing after entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul about two weeks ago, the Saudis have claimed that he left and that they had no knowledge of his whereabouts.

Op-Ed: Tech, arms and Saudi Arabia, defining the problems

Istanbul - Many of the world’s top tech companies and governments claim to have high ideals. Their problem now is that Saudi Arabia, one of the top global investors in tech, is now under a bloodstained shadow. What are they going to do about it?

Chairman of Virgin Galactic suspends partnership with Saudis

Richard Branson founder and chairman of the space tourism venture, Virgin Galactic has temporarily suspended a partnership with Saudi Arabia until the issue of missing Washington Post reporter Jamal Khashoggi is cleared up.

Saudi Arabia embraces yoga in pivot towards 'moderation'

Jeddah - In a sparse, wood-floored studio, Saudi women squat, lunge and do headstands. Even a year ago, teaching these yoga postures could have rendered them outlaws in the conservative Islamic kingdom.

Ethiopia, Eritrea seek to bolster truce at Saudi summit

Jeddah - Ethiopia and Eritrea signed an agreement Sunday at a summit in Saudi Arabia, bolstering a historic peace accord between the two former Horn of Africa enemies, officials said.

'Green hajj' slowly takes root in Mecca

- Thousands of cleaners are busy separating plastic from other rubbish as more than two million Muslims wrap up a pilgrimage to Mecca that presents a huge environmental challenge for Saudi Arabia.

Muslim pilgrims scale Mount Arafat for peak of hajj

Mena - A sea of pilgrims ascended Mount Arafat in Saudi Arabia on Monday to pray and repent, the climax of the annual hajj bringing together more than two million Muslims from around the world.

More than two million Muslims begin hajj pilgrimage

Mecca - More than two million Muslims from around the globe started the hajj pilgrimage on Sunday in Saudi Arabia, one of the world's largest annual gatherings in a country undergoing unprecedented change.

More than two million Muslims begin hajj pilgrimage

Mecca - More than two million Muslims from around the globe on Sunday started the hajj pilgrimage at Islam's holiest sites in Saudi Arabia, one of the world's largest annual gatherings.

Lost in translation? Not for Muslim hajj pilgrims

Mecca - Lost in translation? Not in Mecca, thanks to a dedicated squad of interpreters gearing up to help two million Muslims speaking dozens of languages at the annual hajj pilgrimage.

Saudi Arabia tests Japan-inspired 'nap pods' for hajj

Mecca - Mansour al-Amer swipes a card to reveal a narrow sleep pod, reminiscent of Japan's famed capsule hotels. But this pod is in Saudi Arabia, where the Muslim hajj pilgrimage begins Sunday.

Pilgrims descend on Mecca for 'smart hajj'

Mecca - Two million Muslims gather in Saudi Arabia this week for the hajj as the annual pilgrimage becomes increasingly hi-tech with apps to help the faithful navigate Islam's holiest sites.

Saudi hackathon seeks high-tech fixes to hajj calamities

Jeddah - Fuelled by caffeine, pizza and adrenaline, sleep-deprived programmers in a marathon Saudi contest this week explored high-tech solutions to prevent a repeat of past calamities in the annual hajj pilgrimage.

Saudis see oil price on rise as Trump blasts OPEC

Jeddah - Saudi Energy Minister Khaled al-Faleh said Friday the global market has the capacity to absorb higher oil prices, drawing a swift reaction from US President Donald Trump who accused OPEC of inflating prices.

Oil to solar: Saudis push to be renewable energy powerhouse

- Saudi engineers whip up a simulated sandstorm to test a solar panel's durability at a research lab, the heart of the oil-rich kingdom's multibillion dollar quest to be a renewable energy powerhouse.

Pulling no punches: Saudi woman boxer breaks exercise taboo

Jeddah - Throwing punches in a gym tucked away from prying eyes, a Saudi female boxing trainer asserts a right long denied to many women in the conservative kingdom -- the right to exercise.
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