Why Ronaldo’s move to Saudi Arabia failed

The president of Saudi Arabian club Al-Hilal has claimed a summer move for Cristiano Ronaldo fell through due to registration issues rather than his desire to stay in Europe. Ronaldo was keen on leaving Manchester United after failing to secure Champions League qualification at the end of last season. Atletico Madrid, Bayern Munich and Chelsea … Continue reading Why Ronaldo’s move to Saudi Arabia failed

Ronaldo rejects $277 million offer from Saudi Arabia

Cristiano Ronaldo won't join a Saudi Arabian football club this summer after rejecting the team's $277 million salary offer, according to ESPN. The unnamed club would have made Ronaldo, 37, the highest-paid player in the sport over the next two seasons while sending an approximately $30 million transfer fee to Manchester United. Ronaldo reportedly told United his … Continue reading Ronaldo rejects $277 million offer from Saudi Arabia

WH confirms Biden will hold bi-lateral talks with Saudi Arabia

White House spokeswoman Karine Jean-Pierre announced that US President Joe Biden would meet the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Salman bin Abdulaziz, and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in a bilateral meeting during his visit to the Kingdom on July 15 and 16. Biden begins his official visit at the invitation of … Continue reading WH confirms Biden will hold bi-lateral talks with Saudi Arabia

Are China and Saudi Arabia using sports to conceal human rights abuse?

What do China, Saudi Arabia and Qatar have in common? The answer might not be as obvious as you think. But all three countries are accused of human rights violations, and all three are also playing host to some of the largest and most lucrative sporting events in the world. Photo by Sora Shimazaki on … Continue reading Are China and Saudi Arabia using sports to conceal human rights abuse?

Families urge the U.S. govt to release FBI report on Saudi role in 9/11

Families of the victims of the September 11 attacks who are suing the government of Saudi Arabia in a United States federal court in New York are expecting the US government to imminently release a key FBI report. The 16-page report is an FBI summary and analysis of the agency’s long-running investigation into the activities … Continue reading Families urge the U.S. govt to release FBI report on Saudi role in 9/11

Saudi Arabia opens borders to vaccinated tourists

The Covid-19 pandemic has killed more than 4.19 million people worldwide since the end of December 2019, according to a report established by Agence France-Presse on Thursday, July 29. The United States is the country with the most deaths (over 612,000), ahead of Brazil (554,000) and India (422,000). Photo by Brett Jordan on Pexels.com In … Continue reading Saudi Arabia opens borders to vaccinated tourists

Saudi Arabia insists on 24-hour curfew in Mecca

Saudi Arabia has taken steps to ease coronavirus curfews but insists on 24-hour curfew in Mecca. Saudi Arabia eased curfews on Sunday across the country, while keeping 24-hour curfews in the city of Mecca and in neighbourhoods previously put in isolation, state news agency SPA said. Outside those exceptional areas, curfews will be eased between … Continue reading Saudi Arabia insists on 24-hour curfew in Mecca

Will the US Congress release intelligence report on Khashoggi’s muder?

Two members of the United States Congress said on Tuesday they will push for the public release of a new US intelligence report on the 2018 murder of Saudi Arabian journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Senator Ron Wyden and Representative Tom Malinowski, both Democrats, joined by Khashoggi's fiance Cengiz Hatice, held a news conference on Tuesday to announce plans to … Continue reading Will the US Congress release intelligence report on Khashoggi’s muder?

Why Paris Hilton loves Saudi Arabia

“Everybody was so sweet and welcoming,” Paris Hilton, CEO of Paris Hilton Entertainment, told Al Arabiya English in an interview on Wednesday, following her first trip to Saudi Arabia. “I had a wonderful time. I thought it was beautiful and very lovely people,” she added. Hilton, who has over 11 million Instagram followers and 17 … Continue reading Why Paris Hilton loves Saudi Arabia

Saudi Prince accused of hacking Amazon and Washington Post owner, Jeff Bezos

U.N. experts have demanded an immediate investigation by U.S. and other authorities into allegations that Saudi Arabia’s crown prince was involved in a plot to hack the phone of Amazon boss and Washington Post owner Jeff Bezos. The U.N. special rapporteurs, Agnes Callamard and David Kaye, said on Wednesday they had information pointing to the … Continue reading Saudi Prince accused of hacking Amazon and Washington Post owner, Jeff Bezos

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Why is Twitter deleting Saudi-related accounts?

Twitter says it has removed nearly 6,000 accounts it has deemed tied to a state-backed information operation in Saudi Arabia. Twitter says the accounts violated its "platform manipulation policies" and targeted discussions related to Saudi Arabia and advancing its geopolitical interests. The 5,929 accounts removed are part of a larger group of 88,000 accounts engaged … Continue reading Why is Twitter deleting Saudi-related accounts?

How tourism buoys Saudi Arabia’s development plan

Having announced the launch of an e-tourist visa and the expenditure of billions of dollars in new tourism projects and infrastructure, Saudi Arabia says it is opening up the kingdom to international tourists for a developmental purposes. The announcement came during a huge ceremony organized by the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage (SCTH) … Continue reading How tourism buoys Saudi Arabia’s development plan