Saudi In Focus Blog

Top five trends shaping KSA retail industry 0

Top five trends shaping KSA retail industry

Artificial intelligence can identify consumer preferences with great accuracy   RIYADH: The Kingdom has a vast, young, tech-savvy population that is shifting behavior in Saudi Arabia, according to Ahmed Reda, MENA consumer industry leader...

Saudi ministry’s priority access plan ‘helps thousands’ 0

Saudi ministry’s priority access plan ‘helps thousands’

The initiative is one of a set of programs launched by the ministry to improve social services RIYADH: More than 3,000 Saudis have benefitted from a pioneering initiative launched last week to give people...

Saudi Arabia leads global condemnation of Sri Lanka attacks 0

Saudi Arabia leads global condemnation of Sri Lanka attacks

King Salman condemned the “despicable act of terrorism” Other world leaders have also condemned the attacks that killed more than 200 people RIYADH: King Salman and other world leaders have condemned a series of...

Profile of a Prince: Promise and Peril in Mohammed bin Salman’s Vision 2030 0

Profile of a Prince: Promise and Peril in Mohammed bin Salman’s Vision 2030

      Saudi Arabia and its de facto leader, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, are beset on all sides by problems. Many of the current challenges are of the Crown Prince’s own making....

Americans Should Be Demanding Trump’s Resignation 0

Americans Should Be Demanding Trump’s Resignation

Ralph Nader / Common Dreams Special Counsel Robert Mueller spent almost two years to produce a $25 million report that is a flat tire. Still unreleased in full to the American people, Trump’s acolyte,...

Americans’ Views on Palestine Take a Surprising Turn 0

Americans’ Views on Palestine Take a Surprising Turn

Juan Cole – Truthdig A Gallup poll has found that for the first time in many years, 50% of Americans favor the establishment of a Palestinian state in Gaza and the West Bank. I’m not...

Whom to Elect for a Foreign Policy Crisis at 3 A.M.? 0

Whom to Elect for a Foreign Policy Crisis at 3 A.M.?

By Thomas L. Friedman As the 2020 campaign gets underway, we’ve heard about a Green New Deal, Medicare for all, breaking up Amazon and universal basic income — to name but a few of...

Remember the Maine? CIA Intervention in Venezuela 0

Remember the Maine? CIA Intervention in Venezuela

David Rosen – counterpunch In January 1897, Frederic Remington, a 19th-century painter famous for his depictions of the Old West, was on assignment in Havana for William Randolph Hearst’s New York Journal to illustrate Spanish atrocities against...

Social media platforms were used like lethal weapons in New Zealand. That must change now. 0

Social media platforms were used like lethal weapons in New Zealand. That must change now.

Margaret Sullivan – washingtonpost Right from the twisted start, those who plotted to kill worshipers at two New Zealand mosques depended on the passive incompetence of Facebook, YouTube and other social media platforms. They depended...

Don’t reverse the gains of women in the military 0

Don’t reverse the gains of women in the military

Leon Panetta Six years ago, I had the honor of ending the final vestige of overt gender discrimination in the government when, along with then-Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin Dempsey,...

Saudi Arabia ranks 6th globally in annual logistics index 0

Saudi Arabia ranks 6th globally in annual logistics index

Saudi Gazette report RIYADH — Saudi Arabia ranks sixth globally in annual logistics index, according to the 2019 Agility Emerging Markets Logistics Index. Saudi Arabia also comes in at No. 5 for business fundamentals, indicative...

Be guided by neutrality, Saudi Arabia to UNHCR 0

Be guided by neutrality, Saudi Arabia to UNHCR

Saudi Gazette report RIYADH — The Council of Ministers chaired by Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman on Tuesday emphasized that Saudi Arabia, in all its procedures, regulations and applications, takes into account...

Could lab-grown meat be in Saudi Arabia’s future? 0

Could lab-grown meat be in Saudi Arabia’s future?

          Gulf states are looking to new ways of putting food on the table Experts say new technologies could be the answer to food security DUBAI: With Gulf countries importing...

Paperwork for women without guardian, Shoura says no 0

Paperwork for women without guardian, Shoura says no

  RIYADH — The Shoura Council on Monday rejected a proposal to carry out studies to allow Saudi women to have paper work done without the consent of their legal guardian. Dr. Iqbal Darandri, a...

Saudi Arabia ranks 9 on list of world’s most powerful countries 0

Saudi Arabia ranks 9 on list of world’s most powerful countries

  Saudi Arabia has landed a spot on the list of world’s most powerful countries and has been ranked number 9 in the US News and World Report rankings. The ranking examines a country’s...

King Salman to patronize financial conference in April 0

King Salman to patronize financial conference in April

  The conference will be aimed at increasing the Saudi financial industry’s contribution to the annual gross domestic product RIYADH: The first “Financial Sector Conference,” part of the Vision 2030 Financial Sector Development Program...

War With China? It’s Already Under Way 0

War With China? It’s Already Under Way

By Michael T. Klare – counterpunch In his highly acclaimed 2017 book, Destined for War, Harvard professor Graham Allison assessed the likelihood that the United States and China would one day find themselves at war. Comparing the U.S.-Chinese...

Waiting for the Trump-Kim Nobel Peace Prize 0

Waiting for the Trump-Kim Nobel Peace Prize

By Nicholas Kristof – nytimes As President Trump and Kim Jong-un hold a summit meeting next week in Vietnam, they have something in common: Each apparently looks in the mirror and sees a Nobel Peace Prize winner....