It Doesn’t Cost Anything to be Civil

It Doesn’t Cost Anything to be Civil

BY Khaled Almaeena / /

I have written several times both in English and Arabic about the lack of civility in our approach to daily life. The list of complaints can go on and on. What makes me return to this subject is an incident that I observed yesterday in which a driver parked his car right in the middle of the road.

The Arab world in 2017?

The Arab world in 2017?

BY Khaled Almaeena / /

The year 2016 was a bloody year for the Arabs. Wars, civil strife, economic downturn and a feeling of hopelessness cast long and dark shadows over most part of the Arab world.

Use Performance Indicators to Reach Saudi Vision 2030 Goals

Use Performance Indicators to Reach Saudi Vision 2030 Goals

BY Khaled Almaeena / /

It seems inevitable that in every private or public gathering with family or friends, the main focus is on complaints. And mind you, as we moan and groan, and many are quite right in doing so, we do not come up with solutions or remedies for the problems under discussion.

The Holy Prophet Muhammad: A Shining Example to Follow

The Holy Prophet Muhammad: A Shining Example to Follow

BY Khaled Almaeena / /

Some of the fears being expressed in the wake of the upset victory of Donald Trump in the US presidential election may be exaggerated. But there is enough reason to worry over the rise of the far or hard right in the US and across Europe.

Let’s Make Saudi Vision 2030 a Reality!

Let’s Make Saudi Vision 2030 a Reality!

BY Khaled Almaeena / /

According to a report in a local newspaper, the government will start paying contractors within the next two weeks and up to 80 percent of the money owed will be paid by the end of this year.

Impress People with Your Mind, Not Your Wealth!

Impress People with Your Mind, Not Your Wealth!

BY Khaled Almaeena / /

Reports of wealthy Gulf Arabs being robbed in Europe are now a common occurrence. Last week masked men stopped a car heading from Le Bourget airport in Paris and robbed the two occupants of about five million euros in cash and other assets. According to reports, the luxury Bentley was ambushed and its occupants were tear-gassed.

Donald Trump in the White House? Not to Worry!

Donald Trump in the White House? Not to Worry!

BY Khaled Almaeena / /

I am always amazed at Arab reaction to the results of US elections. This year saw the winner Donald Trump an outsider to the American political scene beat the Arab favorite Hillary Clinton. This man, who has never served in public office, nor in the military, defeated Clinton because America wanted change.

GCC States Consolidate Military Strength

GCC States Consolidate Military Strength

BY Abdulateef Al-Mulhim / /

Crown Prince Mohammed bin Naif was in Bahrain on Wednesday, Nov. 16, to witness the final exercise of the “Arabian Gulf Security One” tactical drill. This is one more step toward the consolidation of the military strength of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) states.

Patriotism is Action and Deeds, Not Hollow Words!

Patriotism is Action and Deeds, Not Hollow Words!

BY Khaled Almaeena / /

The world has been transformed in the past two decades. Technological advancement by the West and certain countries like Korea and Japan has been a phenomenon that has affected our personal lives. I remember only 20 years ago when we led peaceful and sedentary lives without cell phones.

It’s the Houthis Who Are Starving Yemenis, Ms. Amanpour

It’s the Houthis Who Are Starving Yemenis, Ms. Amanpour

BY Abdulateef Al-Mulhim / /

Recently, Christiane Amanpour interviewed Saudi-led Arab coalition spokesman Maj. Gen. Ahmed Al-Asiri. During the interview, she showed him a heart-wrenching photo of a starving Yemeni woman without providing any details about the picture, like where and when was it taken.

Will the Arabs Ever Learn?

Will the Arabs Ever Learn?

BY Khaled Almaeena / /

In 48 hours Americans go to the polls and the new entrant to the White House will be packing his or her personal belongings for a four-year stay. Also in the next 48 hours, many Arabs will be sitting around their TV screens or following on social media the course of events in America.

Iran: A Threat to Peace

Iran: A Threat to Peace

BY Abdulateef Al-Mulhim / /

Are we, the Saudis, too obsessed with Iran? Or should we be too obsessed or be annoyed with Iran? During the past many decades, we have tried several times to extend our hands toward Iran seeking better and stable relations with a neighbor with whom we have many things in common.

Checks and Balances are Needed

Checks and Balances are Needed

BY Khaled Almaeena / /

There have recently been many discussions about the productivity of Saudi employees, especially those in the public sector. This subject became more intense after the former Minister of Civil Service Khaled Al-Araj claimed that government workers put in barely an hour a day at the office.

Saudi Airports Need Better Management

Saudi Airports Need Better Management

BY Abdulateef Al-Mulhim / /

About two weeks ago, a report was issued that classified world's airports into different categories. In that report, Jeddah's King Abdulaziz International Airport was ranked one of the worst airports in the world due to its lack of services.

The Arab World Will Pay A Heavy Price

The Arab World Will Pay A Heavy Price

BY Khaled Almaeena / /

The Arab world is going through the bloodiest period of its history. Every day the body count grows higher. Pictures of dead bodies, maimed children and burned out villages and neighborhoods flash on TV channels. Images of floating dead bodies splatter screens.

A Conflict We Never Wanted

A Conflict We Never Wanted

BY Abdulateef Al-Mulhim / /

For decades Yemen has been in the news for all the wrong reasons. Those who are well-versed with the history of this impoverished Arab country know that Yemen has been facing one problem after the other.

Change the Kafala System!

Change the Kafala System!

BY Khaled Almaeena / /

I have been reading about changes in the labor laws and kafala (sponsorship) system in Qatar. I have been involved with sponsors for the last 28 years. But don’t get me wrong – I do not work in the Ministry of Labor or own a recruiting company.

Gulf Shield 1 Showed Saudi Preparedness

Gulf Shield 1 Showed Saudi Preparedness

BY Abdulateef Al-Mulhim / /

The Arabian Gulf has been known for many years to be the most strategic body of water in the world. Oil, which is the most important commodity in modern history, is produced from underneath the waters of this gulf and from the land close to its shores.

Just Not Surprised at Congress’ Act

Just Not Surprised at Congress’ Act

BY Khaled Almaeena / /

SEPTEMBER was a very eventful month for the Kingdom. The main news was the Justice Against Sponsor of Terrorism Act (JASTA) bill approved overwhelmingly by both the US Senate and the Congress, following the override of President Barack Obama’s veto.