Women hit the roads as Saudi Arabia lifts ban on female driving

Women in Saudi Arabia hit the roads on Sunday, ushering in the end of the world’s last ban on female drivers, long seen as an emblem of women’s repression in the deeply conservative Muslim kingdom. “It’s a beautiful day,” businesswoman Samah al-Qusaibi said as she cruised around the eastern city of Khobar just after midnight,… Read More Women hit the roads as Saudi Arabia lifts ban on female driving

Saudi Arabia air forces intercept ballistic missiles over Riyadh

Saudi Arabia’s air defense forces intercepted two ballistic missiles launched by Yemen’s Houthi militia over Riyadh on Sunday, state-run al-Ikhbariya television said on Sunday. The attack is at least the sixth to target Riyadh since December. The Houthis’ al-Masira television said that rockets were aimed at Saudi defense ministry and other targets in the Saudi… Read More Saudi Arabia air forces intercept ballistic missiles over Riyadh

Saudi Arabia begins issuing driving licenses to women 

Saudi Arabia on Monday began issuing its first driving licences to women in decades, state media reported. “The first group of women today received their Saudi driving licences,” the official Saudi Press Agency said. ​”The general directorate of traffic started replacing international driving licences recognised in the kingdom with Saudi licences,” it added. The move… Read More Saudi Arabia begins issuing driving licenses to women 

Saudi Arabia military intercept ballistic missiles fired by Yemeni Houthi rebels 

​Saudi Arabia intercepted two ballistic missiles over its capital Riyadh on Wednesday that had been fired from Yemen, state media reported, after at least four blasts rocked the city centre. Yemen’s Iran-allied armed Houthi movement said it had launched the missiles at economic targets in the Saudi capital. There were no immediate reports of casualties… Read More Saudi Arabia military intercept ballistic missiles fired by Yemeni Houthi rebels 

Saudi Arabia authorities release billionaire Prince Alwaleed bin Talal as corruption crackdown winds down

Saudi Arabian billionaire Prince Alwaleed bin Talal was released from detention on Saturday, family sources said, more than two months after he was taken into custody in the kingdom’s sweeping crackdown on corruption. His release came hours after he said in an interview at Riyadh’s opulent Ritz-Carlton hotel that he expected to be cleared of… Read More Saudi Arabia authorities release billionaire Prince Alwaleed bin Talal as corruption crackdown winds down

Saudi Arabia to compensate citizens for increment in cost of living

A package of handouts to Saudi Arabian citizens to compensate them for cost of living increases will cost the government about 50 billion riyals (an equivalent of $13.3 billion) this year, the information minister was quoted as saying on Sunday. “The allocation of 50 billion riyals for this decree indicates the leadership’s concern for the… Read More Saudi Arabia to compensate citizens for increment in cost of living

Saudi Arabia detain eleven princes over utility bill protest

Saudi Arabian authorities have detained 11 princes after they gathered at a royal palace in Riyadh in a rare protest against the government suspending payment of their utility bills, the public prosecutor said on Saturday. Saudi Arabia, the world’s top oil exporter, has introduced reforms that include reducing energy subsidies, introducing value-added tax and cutting… Read More Saudi Arabia detain eleven princes over utility bill protest