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Weekend Shift A Welcome Development Among Saudis
07/01/2013

Weekend Shift A Welcome Development Among Saudis

There’s hardly anyone who likes to wait for the weekend to get here quickly but in the case of Saudi Arabia many have been waiting for years to see a change in where those magical days fall on the calendar. Now there’s a new weekend in the Kingdom as a royal decree has taken effect to shift the Thursday-Friday weekend one day to Friday-Saturday.

Reflections: Arab Human Development Report 2002 – Creating Opportunities for Future Generations
07/02/2012

Reflections: Arab Human Development Report 2002 – Creating Opportunities for Future Generations

“Relections” takes a look back ten years to the Arab Human Development Report from 2002 which lays out all of the dimensions of development: economic, social, civil, political and cultural. It is a useful document to understand the context and background of advancements in these areas and the problems that persisted up to now, especially as we work to decipher the so-called “Arab Spring” phenomenon.

Saudi Arabia’s Economic Cities
12/02/2011

Saudi Arabia’s Economic Cities

“..if you are a company with international aspirations and you are not looking at the Middle East then you are missing the opportunity of the decade if not the next three decades. Having been involved in finance and investments in the Middle East for over 35 years I have never seen a better time to come do business in the region. The obvious reason is that all the governments are spending lots of money. All the GCC countries are embarking on large development programs and in the case of Saudi Arabia it is massive. A trillion dollars of projects have been announced in Saudi alone.” Ford Fraker, Businessman and Former U.S. Ambassador to Saudi Arabia

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