There is one simple way to better understand the political dynamics of the Middle East: Don’t listen to what people say; watch what they do.
Discussions and speculations about the Saudi energy sector never cease to stop. After a brief lull, the issues jump to fore for one reason or another.
The Ministry of Health needs a major reshuffle. Minister Ahmed Al-Khatib would do well to read Ali Musa’s column published last week in Al-Watan daily.
At the end of almost each fight or argument, young kids usually start blaming one another for the issue. They end up saying, “You started it.” Interestingly, sometimes adults also behave in this childish manner.
In Saudi Arabia, we always jokingly say that American diplomats stationed in the Kingdom are so patriotic that they celebrate their country’s Independence Day four times each year — thrice in Saudi Arabia early during the year and once with everybody else in the United States on 4th of July.
Lately there have been several articles written criticizing municipal services in Jeddah.
Few weeks ago, while I was visiting Washington, D.C., I received an email from a friend notifying me about a panel discussion hosted by the Middle East Policy Council.
The three-day C3 Saudi-US Healthcare Summit will begin on April 27 in Riyadh.
Makkah Emir Prince Khaled Al-Faisal, who is also advisor to the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman, stated that Makkah should be the most beautiful city in the world.
Sometimes during a war, one picture changes the flow of events and put an end to the war.
Few weeks ago, I planned a short trip to the American capital, Washington, D.C. and just a few days prior to my departure the China Central Television (CCTV) contacted me to participate in a television show to discuss Saudi Arabia.
The concept of human rights continues to be an issue of great concern to government officials and human rights organizations in Saudi Arabia.
Observers may recall the mini-Iranian Spring that took place in Tehran in the early 1950s.
A few days ago, many Saudis and particularly the youth were seen discussing one issue very seriously.
The Cabinet change and the inclusion of 12 new ministers, appointment of new heads in various government directorates and support for the citizen was the talk of society.
Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman ascended to the throne on Jan. 23.
While sipping a cup of tea in a hotel in Calicut, Kerala, a state in India, I was approached by a group of young men and women from some Gulf countries who asked me to join their discussion.
In the early hours of Friday morning my wife called me on the phone and she was crying like a baby…Yes like a baby.
Until the 1970s, Finland had one of the most bureaucratic and centralized education systems in Europe. It was not because the Finnish people or the government lacked the will or desire for a better education system but because the country had limited natural resources
Al-jawhara in Arabic means jewel and this is exactly what Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah wanted to give the Saudi youth, a state-of- the-art football stadium at King Abdullah Sports City, which the Saudis named Al-Jawhar