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ISIL threat at Mecca: Saudis complete exercise for upcoming pilgrimage

Muslim pilgrims gather atop Mount Mercy on the plains of Arafat during the peak of the annual haj pilgrimage in 2013.  /Reuters

Special to WorldTribune.com from ABU DHABI — Saudi Arabia has completed a major security exercise for upcoming pilgrimages to Mecca. Officials said the Interior Ministry oversaw an exercise meant to enhance the security forces for the Haj pilgrimage in early […]

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Saudi plans network of solar energy plants in five provinces

Saudi Arabia is set to begin construction of the first of five new solar plants in 2015.

Special to WorldTribune.com ABU DHABI — Saudi Arabia has drafted plans for a solar energy network. The state-owned King Abdullah City for Atomic and Renewable Energy has overseen a project to construct solar energy plants in five provinces in the […]

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Saudi expands India cooperation with refinery contract

Saudi Aramco's Abqaiq Plant in Shaybah.

Special to WorldTribune.com ABU DHABI — Saudi Arabia has approved an energy contract with India. Saudi Aramco awarded a $54 million contract to India’s Essar Projects for the modernization of a refinery. The maiden contract, meant to focus on engineering, […]

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IISS: The U.S. withdrawal from Gulf led to Mideast cold war, rise of ISIL

Toby Dodge

Special to WorldTribune.com ABU DHABI — The United States decision to withdraw from the Gulf has had major consequences, a leading analyst said. A senior fellow of the International Institute of Strategic Studies said that Washington decided to reduce its […]

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Saudi announces $40 billion investment plan for its energy sector

Armaco chief executive officer Khalid Al Falih

Special to WorldTribune.com ABU DHABI — Saudi Arabia plans to invest $40 billion a year in the kingdom’s energy sector over the next decade. The state-owned monopoly Saudi Aramco said the money would help develop energy resources in the Gulf […]

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Indonesia offers to train Saudis in naval operations

Indonesia's KRI Bung Tomo 357

Special to WorldTribune.com ABU DHABI — The Muslim states of Indonesia and Saudi Arabia are exploring naval cooperation. Officials said Indonesia and Saudi Arabia have discussed such options as joint exercises, training and exchange of officers. “Indonesia is the world’s […]

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Egypt chooses Gulf state firms for $4 billion Suez expansion

Egypt is eyeing a 2016 completion date for its expansion of the Suez Cana.

Special to WorldTribune.com CAIRO — Egypt has awarded contracts to Gulf Arab companies for the expansion of the Suez Canal. The Cairo government has awarded major contracts for the construction of a parallel canal in Suez to companies from several […]

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Saudi dissident: Royal family members were paid millions for family intel

Mohammed Bin Zayed is said to have bought control of Saudi intelligence.

Special to WorldTribune.com LONDON — The Saudi royal family is said to have been engaged in regional bribery. A leading anonymous Saudi dissident, known only as Mujtahidd, asserted that senior Saudi officials as well as royal family members were receiving […]

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Egypt-Saudis talks address billions in military aid, cooperation on securing Gulf Arab states

Egyptian President Abdul Fatah Sisi with Saudi King Abdullah.  /AFP

Special to WorldTribune.com CAIRO — Egypt has submitted a request for billions of dollars in additional aid from Saudi Arabia. Diplomatic sources said the regime of President Abdul Fatah Sisi discussed a plan for Egypt to help bolster security of […]

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Saudis deploy 2,000 troops, three helicopter squadrons near Iraq

A member of the Saudi Border Guards stands guard next to a fence on Saudi Arabia's northern borderline with Iraq on July 14.  /Faisal Nasser/Reuters

Special to WorldTribune.com Geostrategy-Direct.com ABU DHABI — Saudi Arabia has sent attack helicopters and established a command and control center along the border with Iraq. Officials said the Defense Ministry and the National Guard Ministry were cooperating to bolster military […]

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