Shifting Saudi expectations key to reform

D64YR9 Men in traditional clothes sit in a cafe in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, 06 June 2012. German Photo: Michael Kappeler
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Cautious optimism over prince’s plan to overhaul the economy


The Israeli settlement of Har Homa (foreground), built in East Jerusalem, is seen in front of the West Bank city of Bethlehem (background) on September 1, 2014. Israel said it would expropriate 400 hectares (988 acres) of Palestinian land around Bethlehem, and allowed 45 days for any appeal. The Israeli army said the move stemmed from political decisions taken after the June killing of three Israeli teenagers snatched from a roadside in the same area, known to Israelis as the Gush Etzion settlement bloc. AFP PHOTO / AHMAD GHARABLI (Photo credit should read AHMAD GHARABLI/AFP/Getty Images) ©AFP
Israel’s plan to build thousands of settler homes in East Jerusalem is sparking international ire
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Religious curbs on Saudi economic reform

There is one lever of power the crown prince does not hold: the deal with the Wahhabi establishment

Sweeping Saudi plan set to rattle kingdom

Prince’s ambition will test social fabric of conservative state

Saudi Arabia pledges economic overhaul

Kingdom targets $2tn initial public offering of Saudi Aramco

Coalition campaign in southern Yemen

Mukalla has become the heart of al-Qaeda mini-state

IMF cuts Gulf GDP growth forecast to 1.8%

Oil-dependent region lowers spending to contain fiscal deficits

Kingdom tower, Riyadh ID 48377664 © Swisshippo |

Saudi Arabia takes out $10bn in loans

Global consortium lays on first borrowing in 25 years

Obama seeks to reshape US-Saudi relations

Despite frictions, the kingdom remains an important partner of America

Doha talks highlight the rise of a prince

The influence of the deputy crown prince over Saudi oil policy is growing, writes Roula Khalaf

Aerial view over Business Bay district in Dubai

Dubai offices battle chaotic system

Buildings in the state can have multiple owners, which leads to multiple problems

Five questions in the wake of Doha

Why did Saudis make last-minute change of tack on oil freeze?

Strike forces Kuwait to cut oil output

Rare industrial action reduces production to 1.1m barrels a day

Riyadh clips religious police’s wings

Government responds to anger over Mutawa’s high-handedness

What Arab youth thinks of Isis

Lack of jobs works to militants’ advantage, survey finds

Saudi Arabia in state oil sell-off

Riyadh will offer shares in Aramco IPO no later than 2018

China forces to set up first overseas base

‘A few thousand’ troops and staff to be deployed to Djibouti

Saudi loses oil market share to rivals

World’s largest oil exporter suffers setbacks with strategy

Al Jazeera to cut 500 jobs

Move comes as gas-rich state focuses on building infrastructure for 2022 football World Cup

Gulf states to tap debt, warns Moody’s

Reserves not enough to cover budgets as deficits reach $270bn

Saudis de-escalate intervention in Yemen

Riyadh to scale down military activities following informal talks with rebels