Umrah Pilgrims Return to a Mecca Stilled by COVID-19 Slump
Mecca slowly stirred from a seven-month hibernation on Sunday as pilgrims trickled in after Saudi authorities partially lifted a coronavirus ban on performing umrah - a pilgrimage to Islam's two holiest sites that is undertaken at any time of year.
Was Al-Bilad Newspaper Account Actually Hacked to Announce its Recovery?
On Sunday (September 13, 2020), Al-Bilad newspaper, owned by Prime Minister's son Ali bin Khalifa, said that the limited edition newspaper managed to recover its Twitter account, four weeks after being hacked.
Exiled Saudi Dissidents Launch Opposition Party
A group of Saudi dissidents exiled in Britain, the US and elsewhere announced the launch of an opposition party on Wednesday, the first organized political resistance under King Salman's rule.
Kushner Visits Bahrain, Pushes It to Normalize with Israel
Jared Kushner, adviser and son-in-law of US President Donald Trump, visited Bahrain to pressure it for normalization with Israel, like the UAE, Reuters reported.
Bahrain Recommits to Two-State Solution despite Push for Israel Deal: France 24
Bahrain said Wednesday it was committed to the creation of a Palestinian state in talks with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, implicitly rejecting his push for Arab countries to swiftly normalise ties with Israel.
New US Move to Push Saudi Arabia to Normalize Relations with Israel
Informed sources said that Jared Kushner, the senior adviser and son-in-law of the US President Donald Trump, will visit Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Oman in early September to persuade Gulf leaders to normalize relations with Israel, as the UAE did, the Middle East Monitor website reported.
Saudi Embassy in Lebanon Accuses Bahraini Al-Bilad Newspaper of Fabricating Statement Attributed to Saudi Ambassador
The Saudi Embassy in Lebanon attacked the Bahraini Al-Bilad newspaper accusing it of fabricating news attributed to Saudi Ambassador Walid Al-Bukhari, stressing that it reserves its right to take legal action against the newspaper.
Saudi Approves Agreement with Saudi Arabian Chevron on Neutral Zone
Saudi Arabia's cabinet approved an agreement with Chevron Saudi Arabia (SAC) regarding the Neutral Zone between the kingdom and Kuwait, the state news agency said late on Tuesday.
Can Bahrain Bear Consequences of Strained Relations with Turkey?
Since 2011, the Bahraini government has proven two things; the first is that its actions are not based on national logic and do not take into consideration public interest, and the second is that the sovereign decision of the state was handed over to the UAE and Saudi Arabia.
Saudi Arabia's Aramco Raises Domestic Gasoline Prices for August
Saudi Arabia's oil giant Aramco will raise its domestic gasoline prices for August, state TV reported on Monday.
Ex-Saudi Intelligence Official Alleges Riyadh Sent Hit Squad to Kill Him
A former top-ranking Saudi intelligence official living in exile in Canada alleged in a lawsuit filed in a U.S. court on Thursday that Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman sent a team to kill him in 2018 but the effort was foiled by Canadian authorities.
Bahraini People Stand in Solidarity with Lebanese People, Regime Loyalists Lack Respect and Humanity: Beirut Blast
Millions of people around the world are still traumatized by the tragic explosion that rocked the Lebanese capital of Beirut on Wednesday, August 4, 2020.
Former King of Spain Decides to Leave his Country after Allegations of Receiving Millions of Dollars from Saudi Arabia, Bahrain
Spain's former king Juan Carlos has decided to leave his country, a dramatic exit designed to protect the monarchy after a barrage of corruption allegations surfaced against him.
Saudi Arabia Reopens King Fahd Causeway and Border Crossings for Citizens Returning to Country
The Saudi Embassy in Bahrain announced the reopening of border crossings (July 23, 2020) for the return of Saudi citizens and their family members without requesting prior permission, noting that Saudis coming to Bahrain through the airport will be subject to a 10-day quarantine period.
Gulf Deficits Expected to Hit $490bln by 2023, Standard & Poor's Report
Countries of the energy-rich Gulf are expected to accumulate $490 billion in deficits by 2023 due to the double hit of low oil prices and the coronavirus slowdown, Standard and Poors said in a report.
Bahrain Takes Part in Memorandum Asking UN Not to Register Deal between Turkey and Libyan Gov't
Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Greece, and Cyprus sent a note verbale to the Secretariat of the United Nations, urging the UN not to register the maritime boundaries deal signed between Turkey and Libyan Prime Minister of the Government of the National Accord (GNA) Fayez al-Sarraj, according to a well-placed source at the UN, reported the Middle East News Agency.
King Fahd Causeway to Reopen on July 27: Saudi Arabian Newspaper
Saudi Arabia will reopen King Fahd Causeway on July 27, 2020, with the setting of strict protocols to limit the spread of the coronavirus, Asharq Al-Awsat newspaper reported.
IMF Economic Forecasts More Pessimistic than Saudi Arabia's: Central Bank Governor
Saudi Arabia's central bank governor said the International Monetary Fund's economic contraction forecast for Saudi Arabia was "more pessimistic" than Saudi Arabia's own forecasts.
Senior US House Democrat Demands Saudi Arabia to Provide Information about HR Activist Loujain Al-Hathloul
Representative Adam Schiff, chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, expressed his "continued concern" over Loujain Hathloul's treatment in a letter sent to Saudi Arabia's US ambassador, Reema bint Bandar Al-Saud.
Gulf Coronavirus Infections Surpass 400,000, Reuters Tally Shows
The number of novel coronavirus cases in the six Gulf Arab states has doubled in a month to more than 400,000, as the region's two biggest economies this week fully lifted curfews imposed to combat the infection.