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Saudis shoot down new Al Houthi missile

Saudi air defences intercepted a missile fired by Yemeni rebels at the kingdom’s southern city of Jizan on Thursday, the Saudi-led coalition fighting the rebels said, the latest in a series of such attacks. “The missile was fired at Jizan indiscriminately with the aim of hitting civilian areas,” a coalition …

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Sufi Followers of Muhammad bin Abdul Wahhab

By Dr. Haytham Mouzahem – This article first appeared on the Mesbar Studies and Research Centre — A few years ago, Al-Mesbar Center published a book entitled “Sufism in Saudi Arabia and the Gulf.” I found the publication remarkable in its context, in light of Saudi Arabia’s adoptions of a Salafi doctrine …

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Saudi Arabia’s expat tax conundrum

This month was the end of the line for many Asian expatriates in Saudi Arabia who chose to return home following the conclusion of the school year and final exams. With rising levies on each expat every successive year, many of them folded up and made preparations for an early …

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Saudi crown prince says abaya not necessary

Women in Saudi Arabia need not wear headcover or the black abaya — the loose-fitting, full-length robes symbolic of Islamic piety — as long as their attire is “decent and respectful”, the kingdom’s reform-minded crown prince said. With the ascent to power of young Prince Mohammad Bin Salman, the country …

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Fiscal reforms, geopolitics to pressure GCC corporate profits

The GCC’s non-financial corporate sector is expected to face pressure on profitability resulting from fiscal consolidation efforts in the current year and the next, according to ratings agency Moody’s. “GGC governments have done fairly well in balancing reform implementation while preventing any systemic shock to the corporate sector. However, fiscal …

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