CROSSROADS ARABIA: We’ve had many false dawns on the Saudi tourism story but we may be on the cusp of a breakthrough now.
An Egyptian delegation heading to Moscow just after the United States cut $300 million out of its aid package to Cairo to punish the July 3 military coup there has raised speculation that Gen. Abdel Fattah al-Sisi’s military junta is shopping for a new superpower patron. In the 1960s at the height of the Cold […]
JAMES M. DORSEY: It’s clear that Washington has embarked on a major re-alignment of its strategic resources in the Middle East.
Sectarian divisions fuelling conflict across the Middle East have spilt on to the soccer pitch with Iraq’s decision to boycott the Gulf Cup and the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) warning the Iraqi government not to interfere in the game. It is hard to separate the divisions between Sunni and Shiite Muslims that governments in Bahrain […]
ABU MOHAMMED: Many of us on the Hajj break are slaves to our cars, busy transporting our loved ones from beach to mall to play center
CROSSROADS ARABIA: A well-known commentator on Saudi affairs has examined critically the role that the religious police occupy in everyday life
STEVE ROYSTON: A recently published book on the Kingdom seems to be designed to pander to all of the usual Western prejudices. Why so?
CROSSROADS ARABIA: The Saudi made film Wajda has been nominated in the Best Foreign Film category for the Oscars. But the country doesn’t even have a cinema!
CROSSROADS ARABIA: A quiet revolution in how young Saudis approach their studies and future careers is underway in the Kingdom
CROSSROADS ARABIA: Saudi Arabia is a great consumer of camel meat and milk. Both have seen a resurgence in the marketplace as ‘good, home-style foodstuffs’.
CROSSROADS ARABIA: It’s a paradox. Saudi Arabia, known widely as “The Desert Kingdom” is the world’s largest consumer of water, using it easily at twice the pace of other, water-rich countries.
CROSSROADS ARABIA: Traffic across the King Fahd Causeway linking Saudi Arabia to Bahrain is increasing hugely year on year. What’s to be done?
CROSSROADS ARABIA: A true London icon – the Black Cab – is set to take to the streets in number in Riyadh and Dubai. It’s good the vehicles are so robust.
VIDEO: WADJDA is a 10-year-old girl living in a suburb of Riyadh, the capital of Saudi Arabia. Although she lives in a conservative world, Wadjda is fun loving, entrepreneurial and always pushing the boundaries…
STEVE ROYSTON: It’s the story of a young girl’s everyday life in Riyadh. How many Saudis, though, will give up the chance to see the latest CGI blockbuster to view it?
CROSSROADS ARABIA: Most Gulf countries have been circumspect in their reaction to the toppling of Morsi’s government. Not so Saudi Arabia
ABU MOHAMMED: Sometimes life in the Kingdom can be more than a little testing but it has unqualified advantages.