• Saudi Growth Moderation on the Horizon

    Saudi Gazette | 7.21.14

    The Kingdom’s stable macroeconomic backdrop and the move toward streamlining regulations continue to be widely and positively recognized by renowned institutions, the National Commercial Bank said in its latest “Saudi Economic Review”. hide

    Teaching Jobs Prime Attraction for Many Saudis

    Arab News | 7.21.14

    A test to measure vocational aptitude conducted by the National Center for Assessment in Higher Education (NCAHE) has revealed that 27 percent of Saudis interviewed, or 6,436 individuals, prefer jobs in education, media and entertainment. hide

    July 18th, 2014 Edition

    Taliban attacks Kabul airport as presidential election recount begins

    Washington Post | Erin Cunningham | 7.18.14

    Afghan election officials on Thursday began a nationwide recount of ballots casts in last month’s disputed presidential runoff vote, just hours after Taliban insurgents staged a predawn attack on Kabul International Airport. The raid by four ... Continue Reading gunmen, one of the most brazen militant assaults in recent months, underscored Afghanistan’s mounting political and security woes as foreign troops prepare to withdraw by the end of the year. hide

    Israel steps up Gaza ground offensive, civilian casualties grow

    Reuters | Nidal al-Mughrabi and Allyn Fisher-Ilan | 7.18.14

    Israel steps up Gaza ground offensive, civilian casualties grow Israel stepped up its land offensive in Gaza with artillery, tanks and gunboats on Friday and declared it could "significantly widen" an operation Palestinian officials said was killing ever greater numbers of civilians. Israeli gunboats lit ... Continue Reading up the sky with their fire before dawn while helicopters fired into the coastal enclave. Hamas fired mortar rounds at the invading troops and rockets across the border at the southern Israeli towns of Ashdod and Ashkelon. hide

    Opinion: Public outraged over Gaza, but Arab governments stay silent

    Al Monitor | Daoud Kuttab | 7.18.14

    While the public has been largely unified in expressing solidarity with the Palestinians, the positions of governments have varied based on their stance toward the Muslim Brotherhood. Nowhere was this discrepancy reflected more clearly than in ... Continue Reading Egypt and Saudi Arabia, where a number of prominent politicians and pundits have made negative remarks about Hamas and its actions. Some of the region’s major countries, such as Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, who are opposed to the Muslim Brotherhood, have been relatively silent on the situation in Gaza, aside from their humanitarian organizations providing medical and other support to Gazans. hide

    Shell to Pull Out of Qatar Gas Project

    Wall Street Journal | Summer Said | 7.18.14

    But last year Shell drilled a dry well in the field's Block D, trumpeted by Qatar as the area's most promising exploration acreage. That has discouraged Shell from even attempting to drill the second well, the people said. "Shell made it ... Continue Reading clear that the second well is not going to be commercially viable and they want to get out of the acreage by next year if not earlier," a Qatari official familiar with the matter said.

    hide

    Charts and maps of America’s Amazing Shale Oil Revolution; and the new ‘Big Three’: Bakken, Eagle Ford and Permian

    American Enterprise Institute | Mark Perry | 7.17.14

    The process of hydraulic fracturing has a long history dating back to the 1940s, and by itself wasn’t revolutionary or responsible for the shale oil boom. The truly revolutionary oil extraction technology that led to America’s shale revolution ... Continue Reading was horizontal drilling in combination with hydraulic fracturing. hide

    Saudi Crude Exports in May Fell to Lowest Since 2011

    Wall Street Journal | Wael Mahdi | 7.17.14

    Saudi Crude Exports in May Fell to Lowest Since 2011 “The record refining volume shows that Saudi Arabia is fulfilling its plans to become a major downstream player,” said Julian Lee, a Bloomberg oil strategist in London who writes for First Word and whose observations are his own. The nation’s ... Continue Reading 400,000 barrels a day Jubail refinery is running at about 80 percent of capacity and a new Yanbu plant of the same size should start operations before the end of the year, he said. hide

    U.S. News Visits Saudi Arabia, UAE to Discuss University Rankings

    US News and World Report | Robert Morse | 7.17.14

    U.S. News Visits Saudi Arabia, UAE to Discuss University Rankings I recently returned from a trip to the Middle East with some of my U.S. News colleagues. We went to the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia to visit ... Continue Reading http://colleges.usnews.rankingsandreviews.com/best-colleges" href="http://colleges.usnews.rankingsandreviews.com/best-colleges">college campuses and meet with top university and government officials.  At these meetings, we discussed our previously announced ​Arab Region University Rankings, which will be released this fall. The project started with the release of the Arab Region University Directory last year. hide

    Ramadan a new opportunity for gaming startups, if they play their cards right

    Wamda | Stephanie d'ARc Taylor | 7.17.14

    “During Ramadan, the culture of the region changes, from one of production to one of consumption,” says Zaidoun Karadsheh of Jordanian game developer ... Continue Reading href="http://www.wamda.com/2013/09/jordan-bee-labs-game-arab-world-hottest?preview=1" target="_blank">Bee Labs. For startups struggling to make profit in a region whose entrepreneurial scene is still developing, this month-long culture of consumption presents a singular opportunity to gain traction. If startups can hook customers on a product during Ramadan, chances are good that they’ll come back throughout the rest of the year. hide

    Going nowhere fast: analysing the joyriders of Saudi Arabia

    The National | Mitya Underwood | 7.17.14

    The joyriding scene has as much to do with the urban landscape of the city as it has to the disenfranchisement of the young, he argues. The two, in fact, are inextricably linked. Before the 1960s the city had grown organically, he writes, with ... Continue Reading more and more outer layers being added to a central core, marked by the Musmak Fort, the grand market and the grand mosque. But in the 1970s and ’80s whole neighbourhoods were emptied out, forcing their former inhabitants to move north and east of the old city. hide

    Opinion – Hamas is Destroying Gaza

    Slate | William Saletan | 7.18.14

    There are lots of things we can debate about the crisis in Gaza. You can argue that Israel has committed war crimes, that a culture of violence has corrupted Palestinian society, or that a ground invasion is a terrible idea. But one thing should ... Continue Reading be clear to everyone: Hamas is insane. It’s destroying Gaza. hide

    ‘Kingdom is World’s Best Place to Invest’

    Saudi Gazette | 7.18.14

    Sheikh Rafik Mohammed, chairman of the Gammon Group, urged investors to seize the opportunity to grab government incentives by making investments in the Kingdom, which, he said, is the best place in the world for investors. In an interview with ... Continue Reading Saudi Gazette, he said that the government of Saudi Arabia will pay the investors 75 percent of their project cost in soft loans for 20 years, and the amount of loan reaches up to SR1.2 billion. hide

    Tourism in Saudi Arabia: Wish You Were Here

    The Economist | 7.18.14

    Around 14.3m people visited in 2012, according to the World Bank, making Saudi Arabia the world’s 19th-most-visited country. But almost all come as pilgrims to Mecca or on business. Expos, conferences and flashy exhibitions are ever more common. ... Continue Reading But these visitors tend to stay only a few days, spend little and are concentrated in a few, already-wealthy parts of the country. hide

    July 17th, 2014 Edition

    There’s a Scent in the Air

    Crossroads Arabia | John Burgess | 7.16.14

    Both frankincense and oud are important for any type of ceremony, even family occasions. Since the products have to be imported — and because the trees they’re derived from are under significant pressure from over-production — they end up being ... Continue Reading quite expensive. There are also millions being made on fake products, the result of some laboratory wizardry that separates stingy people from their money very effectively. hide

    The 10 good habits of Saudi society

    Saudi Gazette | Fadel Al-Omani | 7.16.14

    The 10 good habits of Saudi society In a previous article, I wrote about the 10 worst habits in Saudi Society. While it is easy to describe the problems and disadvantages of any society as they are usually known to everyone, the positive habits of a society are almost always ... Continue Reading hidden. I have to confess that I found it difficult to select the following 10 good habits of Saudi society. This is not because our society lacks positive aspects as some people claim but because it is difficult to select good habits that distinguish us from other communities. hide