Week 30 – News Update from the Kingdom

King Salman bin Abdulaziz was admitted to hospital earlier this week for medical tests. The King underwent a successful surgery to remove his gallbladder and remains in a stable condition having chaired a cabinet session from the hospital. In other news, Saudi Arabia’s economy is expected to grow at an average rate of around 3%…
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Week 29 – News Update from the Kingdom

In a historic ruling a court in Saudi Arabia has ruled in favor of a woman who was on trial for living and traveling on her own to the Kingdom’s capital, Riyadh, without her father’s permission. In other news, Saudi Arabia has launched a SR670 million ($178 million) initiative to help businesses in the Kingdom…
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Week 28 – News Update from the Kingdom

Unemployment among Saudi Arabian citizens fell to 11.8% in the first quarter of 2020 from 12% the previous quarter, figures released on Tuesday showed. The rate fell from 12.5% in the first quarter of 2019. In other news, Saudi Arabia spent more than SR214 billion ($57 billion) on 142 initiatives to tackle the impact of…
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Week 27 – News Update from the Kingdom

Saudi Arabia is launching a SR3 trillion ($800 billion) plan to double the size of Riyadh in the next decade and transform it into an economic, social and cultural hub for the region. The plan involves the creation of a “mega industrial zone” focusing on advanced technology such as renewables and automation, biotechnology and aquaponics….
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