The flash of purple abayas at a conference in Saudi Arabia’s second-largest city, Jeddah, was more than a fashion statement. It’s a sign of the changes Jeddah is embracing as King Abdullah slowly loosens restrictions on women in his conservative land.
Marriott International Inc., the world’s second-largest publicly traded hotel company, said it will continue expanding its chains in African markets following the acquisition of South Africa’s Protea Hospitality Holdings.
National Water Co., Saudi Arabia’s largest supplier in the desert kingdom, is planning 2 billion riyals ($533 million) of water-infrastructure projects in the tourist area of Taif, the Saudi Press Agency reported.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu urged the world not to be deceived by Iran’s “phony smiles” as the military displayed dozens of rockets and mortars it says were seized from a ship the Iranians dispatched to Gaza Strip militants.
Retired General Jim Jones, a former national security adviser to President Barack Obama, said in an interview with Bloomberg Television’s “Political Capital with Al Hunt,” airing this weekend, that the U.S. will continue to be challenged by terrorist groups operating in Pakistan even if the current standoff with Afghan President Hamid Karzai over the American troop presence in his country is resolved.
Saudi Aramco, the world’s largest state-run oil company, plans within this decade to produce natural gas at new fields in northern Saudi Arabia and off the Red Sea coast, Aramco’s chief executive officer said.
Jordan received offers from two groups of companies for a project that would desalinate water from the Red Sea and help replenish the Dead Sea, a spokesman at the Ministry of Water and Irrigation said.