Category: Middle East

Works of 17 Contemporary Pakistani Artists Go on Display in Oman

(DESPARDES/PKONWEB) — An exhibition displaying the works of 17 contemporary Pakistani artists began yesterday at the Omani Society for Fine Arts (OSFA) in Muscat. The art show titled “Spectrum” is open until April 12 from 10am to 1pm and 5pm to 8pm at OSFA, Al Sarooj, behind Al Shatti Cinema. Spectrum feature a wide range […]

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How One American University Penetrated Saudi Arabia’s Financial Elite

JOE McGRATH — Where money meets power in this arid desert monarchy, Stanford University has sway. The U.S. institution laid groundwork decades ago for the deep ties it has constructed in Saudi Arabia. Then the network effect took over. In the kingdom’s business community, Stanford has become the ultimate brand. And as a new generation […]

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Month Long EU Day Celebrations Begins In Riyadh

A month long celebrations to mark the EU Day was flagged off with a Children’s Book Fair at the King Fahd Cultural Center in Riyadh on Thursday. Highlighting the events that are lined up in the Kingdom at a press conference held at the headquarters of the EU Delegation, its head Ambassador Michele Cervone D’Urso, […]

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Thousands of Palestinians Grieve After 17 Killed in Violent Gaza Clashes

(PKONWEB Report) — Thousands of Palestinians grieve after 17 were killed in violent Gaza clashes on Friday after Israeli forces fired live ammunition, tear gas and rubber-coated steel bullets at protesting Palestinians. The incident has prompted UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres to call for an “independent and transparent” investigation into the violence and the use […]

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Huge Sandstorm Blankets Saudi Capital Riyadh

(PKONWEB Report) — A sandstorm blown by gusting winds enveloped a huge area of the Saudi capital on Friday evening keeping people indoor to avoid traffic snarls on the roads. The Directorate of Civil Defense in Riyadh region has urged everyone to be cautious, after receiving an advanced alert from the Presidency of Meteorology and […]

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Pakistan Participating in Month-Long 23 Nations Gulf Shield Joint Exercise-1

(PKONWEB Report) — Pakistan Air Force’s JF-17 squadron and military personnel are participating in Gulf Shield Joint Exercise -1, a multinational land, sea and air exercise off the Arabian Gulf on the eastern board of Saudi Arabia that will last for one month– it kicked off on March 18. Comprising defense forces from 23 nations […]

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U.S., Pakistan Strongly Condemn Houthi Missile Attacks on Saudi Arabia

(PKONWEB Report) — The The United States of America and Pakistan strongly condemned the dangerous Houthi missile attacks aimed at several cities in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia on Sunday night. One person was killed after seven missiles were fired from Yemen by the Houthi rebels, CNN reported. The missiles were fired at four targets, […]

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The U.S., Turkey Alliance: Elephants in the Room

If the United States and Turkey part ways, Tehran, Moscow, and Beijing will not be the culprits but will certainly be the beneficiaries. The temptation is strong in Washington to simply jettison the foundering alliance with Turkey — as was recently done with Pakistan — and even to impose sanctions on Ankara for its actions. […]

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Saudi Arabia Opens Foreign Investment for Domestic Workers Recruitment Agencies

The Saudi General Investment Authority (SAGIA) and the Ministry of Labor and Social Development said on Friday foreign investors are allowed to set up domestic workers’ recruitment agencies in Saudi Arabia. The move aims to raise competitiveness level in the recruitment sector, offer wide-ranging options that fit customers, develop the sector through benefiting from international […]

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Water Stress Poses Greatest Threat to MENA Region

At the World Economic Forum 2015, experts on the MENA region stated that the water crisis is “the greatest threat to the region—greater even than political instability or unemployment”. SOPHO KHARAZI: An estimated 2.1 billion people have no access to drinkable water because of the polluted ecosystems affecting quantity and quality of water available for […]

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Saudi Arabia Pledges to Acquire Nuclear Bomb if Iran Does

‘We’ll enter nuclear arms race if Iran does’ Saudi Arabia has warned that it will develop its own nuclear weapon if regional rival Iran acquires one. Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman told US network CBS News in an interview that aired on Thursday on “CBS This Morning” his country did not want to acquire nuclear […]

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Qatar Signs 3Bln Euro Deal for 28 Leonardo Military Choppers

Qatar has signed a contract worth more than 3 billion Euro for the purchase of 28 NH90 military helicopters, during DIMDEX, Qatar’s biennial defense exhibition. Qatar on Wednesday signed an agreement with Italy to purchase 28 NH90 helicopters through aerospace and defense group Leonardo. The two sides also signed two agreements on long-range missile carrier […]

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Gulf Rail Connectivity Project on Track for Completion by 2021

Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) nations remain committed to the Gulf railway network project and by 2021, the United Arab Emirates will have a rail link with Saudi Arabia, two top officials told delegates at the Middle East Rail conference in Dubai on Monday. Khalifa Bin Saeed Al Abri, Assistant Secretary-General for Economic and Development Affairs […]

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MoU Seeks Pakistani Joint Ventures With Qatari Partners

Pakistan Business Forum Doha (PBFD) and Rawalpindi Chamber of Commerce & Industry have entered into a long-term partnership aimed at promoting mutual cooperation and bilateral trade, investment and industry between Pakistan and Qatar. The move comes as post-blockade, there have become opportunities for Pakistani businesses to enhance their exports to Qatar as Qatari businesses seek […]

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Egypt to Award Red Sea-to-Mediterranean Rail Tender in H2 2018

(BE2C2 Report) — Egypt plans to award a tender for a high-speed railway between the Red Sea and the Mediterranean in the second half of 2018, transport minister Hesham Arafat said Monday. The project will connect the eastern resort of Ain Al Sokhna near Cairo to Al Alamein, a town west of Alexandria that was […]

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