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Iran to resume hajj discussions with Saudi Arabia

Iran to resume hajj discussions with Saudi Arabia

According to Iran’s Tasnim news agency, Iran plans to send a delegation to Saudi Arabia to discuss new hajj arrangments, in the first official visit by either side after the ties between the two countries were severed in January 2016. The head of Iran’s hajj organisation, Saeed Ohadi, said Saudi authorities had invited Tehran to […]

Russia and China Increase Military Spending

Stockholm International Peace Research Institution (SIPRI) published a report about increased military expenditure in 2015. The world’s total military expenditure was $1.7 trillion in 2015. It increased 1 percent from the previous year. The five biggest spenders are the US, China, Saudi Arabia, Russia and the UK. According to the report, the US remains the […]

Saudi film festival paving the way to cinema in Saudi Arabia

Saudi film festival paving the way to cinema in Saudi Arabia

The third Saudi film festival is set to open Thursday 24th March, featuring 70 productions in competitions, amid hopes the conservative kingdom may finally allow public cinemas. The festival which is sponsored by kingdom’s Society for Culture and Arts is modest compared to other film festivals in the regions as Saudi Arabia bans cinemas and other […]

Saudi artist holds first US solo exhibition at the Smithsonian

Saudi artist holds first US solo exhibition at the Smithsonian

Remounted Saudi artist, Ahmed Mater, will present his first U.S. solo exhibition at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington D.C. ‘Symbolic Cities’ is being presented in collaboration with Culturunners in partnership with Art Jameel, a Community Jameel initiative, and Saudi Arabian Society for Culture and Arts (SASCA), and will be on view at the Smithsonian’s Arthur […]

All-female Brunei flight crew lands in Saudi Arabia

All-female Brunei flight crew lands in Saudi Arabia

Three Royal Brunei Airlines pilots have made history by being the company’s first all-female flight crew, making their first journey to Saudi Arabia, where women are not allowed to drive. Flight Captain Sharifah Czarena, assisted by Senior First Officers Sariana Nordin and Dk Nadiah Pg Khashiem flew the Boeing 787 Dreamliner from Brunei to Jeddah, on […]

Gulf states warn its citizens in Lebanon, express solidarity with Saudi Arabia

Gulf states warn its citizens in Lebanon, express solidarity with Saudi Arabia

Qatar became the latest Gulf state to follow the example of Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain in urging their citizens to avoid travel to Lebanon for safety reasons, their state news agencies reported. Riyadh, Abu Dhabi and Manama issued statements on Tuesday 23rd February calling on their citizens not to travel […]

Saudi Arabia denies bombing Iran’s embassy in Yemen

Saudi Arabia denies bombing Iran’s embassy in Yemen

The Saudi-led coalition fighting rebels in Yemen on Thursday was accused by Tehran that its warplanes had targeted the Iranian embassy there. While a statement by coalition spokesman Brigadier General Ahmed Asseri says, “the allegations are false and that no operations were carried out around the embassy or near to it, as the embassy building is safe and has […]

Netflix launched in 129 countries, including Pakistan

Netflix launched in 129 countries, including Pakistan

Netflix, the world’s leading video-streaming network, announced the launch of its services in Pakistan and 129 other countries on Wednesday. The Netflix website offers users the services starting at $7.99 a month, with a free month offer. “Today you are witnessing the birth of a new global Internet TV network,” said Co-founder and Chief Executive Reed […]

“Al-Araby Al-Jadeed” banned in Egypt, UAE, and Saudi Arabia

“Al-Araby Al-Jadeed” banned in Egypt, UAE, and Saudi Arabia

Egypt became the third Arab country to ban Qatari website”Al-Araby Al-Jadeed” website operated from London, after Saudi Arabia and UAE. Saudi Arabia and UAE had previously announced they’d be banning and blocking the website accusing it of “spreading lies and distorting facts in news dealing with affairs in the two countries.” “Al-Araby Al-Jadeed” announced on […]

Mecca: Seasons of Pilgrimage and Anger

Mecca: Seasons of Pilgrimage and Anger

Two years after the end of the Ottoman Empire, in the wake of the First World War and the establishment of the secular Turkish Republic, the Arab region clamored for a revival of the caliphate. On 3 March 1926, delegates from Muslim countries, including Egypt, accepted an invitation from King Abdel-Aziz Al-Saud to discuss the […]

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