Saudi Arabia takes over G20 presidency from Japan

News:Saudi Arabia has became the first Arab nation to take over the G20 Presidency on December 1,2019. Facts: About G20 Summit,2020: Saudi Arabia will host the G20 Summit in its capital, Riyadh on November 21,2020. The theme of Summit- “Realising Opportunities of the 21st Century for All”. Objectives of G20 Summit,2020: Empowering People by creating… Continue reading Saudi Arabia takes over G20 presidency from Japan

Nitaqat law

News:Indian employees in Saudi Arabia have been living in labour camps after Saudi government has listed several companies in the ‘Red’ category after they failed to implement the Nitaqat law. Facts: About Nitaqat law: The Nitaqat  is a policy enacted in 2011 by the Saudi government in order to reduce the unemployment rate among Saudi… Continue reading Nitaqat law

Abqaiq oil processing facility

News:Houthi rebels from Yemen has carried out drone attacks on two major Saudi Aramco oil facilities in Abqaiq and Hijrat Khurais in Saudi Arabia. Facts: About the Abqaiq facility: Abqaiq is the world’s largest oil processing facility where about two-thirds of the total Saudi supply is refined and cleaned of impurities. The attacks have impacted… Continue reading Abqaiq oil processing facility

Saudi Arabia adopts Digital India, equality of women in this year’s Haj

Indian Haj mission in Saudi Arabia has adopted digital technology to reach out to a large number of pilgrims as part of the Government of India’s initiative of Digital India. They have launched an app called as Haj app.This application was developed to receive feedback,a grievance from Hajis. The app also connects with the pilgrims… Continue reading Saudi Arabia adopts Digital India, equality of women in this year’s Haj

Saudi launches residency scheme to boost revenue

Saudi Arabia has launched Premium Residency scheme. The scheme is aimed at boosting investment and non-oil revenues by attracting wealthy expats. The scheme offers a permanent residency for 800,000 riyals and a one-year renewable residency costing 100,000 riyals. The other rights and privileges offered by the scheme are: a) Residence in Saudi Arabia with one’s… Continue reading Saudi launches residency scheme to boost revenue

Two tankers attacked in Gulf of Oman

Recently,two tankers were attacked in the Gulf of Oman.The ship were carrying oil and other transporting a cargo of chemicals near the strategically important Strait of Hormuz. The US has blamed Iran for the attacks on the tankers.However,Iran has dismissed the claims and said that Iran has no connection with the explosions. Earlier,Iranian officials had… Continue reading Two tankers attacked in Gulf of Oman

Defying Congress, Trump sets $8 billion-plus in weapons sales to Saudi Arabia, UAE

The US President has approved the sale of $8 billion plus worth of weapons to Saudi Arabia and the UAE. The US President has invoked a rarely used aspect of federal law to push through the deal bypassing US Congress.He did so by declaring that ongoing tensions with Iran amounted to a national emergency. US… Continue reading Defying Congress, Trump sets $8 billion-plus in weapons sales to Saudi Arabia, UAE

Don’t want war, but prepared to respond: Saudi

Saudi Arabia has said that the country will do its best to avoid war in the Middle East region but stands ready to respond with full force and determination against Iran’s threats. This statement came after Saudi Arabia had accused Iran of ordering drone strikes on two oil pumping stations in the Saudi kingdom which… Continue reading Don’t want war, but prepared to respond: Saudi

Saudi Arabia says 2 oil tankers damaged by sabotage attacks

Saudi Arabia has said that the two Saudi oil tankers were attacked off the coast of the United Arab Emirates.The incident took place near Fujairah port, just outside the Strait of Hormuz. Earlier,Iran had threatened to close the Strait of Hormuz if it was prevented from using the waterway.However,Iran has distanced itself from the attack.It… Continue reading Saudi Arabia says 2 oil tankers damaged by sabotage attacks

Houthis begin pullout from ports in Hodeidah

Yemen’s Houthi movement has started withdrawing forces from Saleef port in Hodeidah under a UN-sponsored deal. Both the Houthis and the government forces agreed to withdraw from Hudaydah port to allow in vital humanitarian aid.Hudaydah port is the principal lifeline for two-thirds of Yemen’s population.Its closure has had a devastating impact on the Yemen. Under… Continue reading Houthis begin pullout from ports in Hodeidah