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Record budget spurs Saudi economy

Riyadh, Dec 19: Saudi Arabia on Tuesday announced its biggest-ever budget — with spending set to increase by around 7 percent — in a move aimed at boosting the economy, while also reducing the deficit.

However, analysts cautioned that...

UAE citizen fined Dh300,000 for slander on social media

Abu Dhabi: The Abu Dhabi Court of Appeal has upheld the decision to impose a fine of Dh300,000 against a social media influencer who was recently convicted of slander.

The Emirati man had posted a video on...

Saudi rejects US’ stance blaming Crown Prince for Khashoggi murder

Riyadh, Dec 17: Saudi Arabia rejects the position of the US Senate, blaming Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman for the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, the Saudi Foreign Ministry said in a statement on Monday.

On...

Guitarist Himanshu Sharma found dead in Dubai

Dubai, Dec 14: A 22-year-old popular Indian guitarist has been found dead in his apartment in Dubai, a media report said on Friday.

Himanshu Sharma, popularly known as Shaggy, was found dead at his apartment in Garhoud, about 14...

Red Sea Project | King Salman reviews work progress

Riyadh, Dec 13: The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Salman, with the attendance of crown Prince Muhammad bin Salman deputy premier Minister of Defense and the Chairman of The Red Sea Development Company, received a team from The...

Donald Trump stands by Saudi crown prince

Washington, Dec 12: US President Donald Trump said on Tuesday that he stood by Saudi Arabia's crown prince despite a CIA assessment that he ordered the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi and pleas from US senators for Trump to condemn...

Classical music trio delight Saudi audience with world premiere in Arabic

Riyadh, Dec 12: Saudi audiences have been treated to a 10-day feast of classical music, including the world premiere of the Arabic translation of the lyrics of Schubert’s “Winter Journey” romantic song cycle.

The performances took place at the...

UAE to host 40th GCC Summit in 2019

Abu Dhabi, Dec 10: The 40th session of the GCC summit will be held in the UAE, according to a communique issued at the end of the 39th summit in Riyadh.

King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Custodian of...

Qatar's Emir not to attend GCC summit in Saudi Arabia

Riyadh, Dec 9: Qatar's Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani will not be attending the upcoming Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) summit. A delegation headed by Qatar's Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Sultan bin Saad Al Muraikhi will represent...

Saudi Arabia hosts GCC summit amid Khashoggi crisis

Riyadh, Dec 9: The Gulf Cooperation Council's (GCC) annual summit was set to open in Riyadh on Sunday, with regional unity imperilled by a bitter row with Qatar and the host, Saudi Arabia, facing a diplomatic crisis over the murder...