Focus will be on Trump’s Narrative Not Optics

Focus will be on Trump’s Narrative Not Optics

BY Khaled Almaeena / /

President Donald Trump will land in Riyadh this morning on his first foreign trip since taking office. He leaves behind a Washington that is in an uproar. Trump, whatever one may say about him, is a man who speaks his mind. His election rhetoric left many alarmed.

Arab Youth View A Region Divided

Arab Youth View A Region Divided

BY Khaled Almaeena / /

In face-to-face interviews conducted with 3,500 Arab youth aged 18-24 and with a sample split 50:50 male/female, the results that followed were an indication of the mindset of young people in the Arab world today.

MOH Should be Innovative and Efficient

MOH Should be Innovative and Efficient

BY Khaled Almaeena / /

Assistant Deputy Minister of Health for Transformation Dr. Rashed Al-Kawan has denied the possibility of the privatization of government hospitals and said that they will be transformed into government companies.

It’s Time to Punish Crooked Sponsors

It’s Time to Punish Crooked Sponsors

BY Khaled Almaeena / /

The situation is becoming grimmer and grimmer for expatriates as we enter the second month of amnesty. The fee for the renewal of sponsorship has gone up. Heartless sponsors are demanding more and more money and threatening to send their employees to detention centers.

Act to Sponsor Goodness

Act to Sponsor Goodness

BY Khaled Almaeena / /

“Sponsors will be fined and punished for failure to renew muqeem or resident cards of their employees on time,” according to a recent ruling of Jawazat (General Directorate of Passports).

Let Happiness Spread!

Let Happiness Spread!

BY Khaled Almaeena / /

I must confess that when I first read about the establishment of the General Entertainment Authority, like many others, I was skeptical about what kind of entertainment would be involved, especially as I considered the hardening of social mores over the past three decades.

Do We Want to be a Nation of Shopkeepers?

Do We Want to be a Nation of Shopkeepers?

BY Khaled Almaeena / /

The French emperor Napoleon defeated at the battle of Waterloo is said to have described Britain as “a nation of shopkeepers.” His remarks were deemed offensive by the English who after his defeat by the Duke of Wellington replied that “the battle of Waterloo was won on the playing fields of Eton.”

Punish Those Who Falsely Accuse Others

Punish Those Who Falsely Accuse Others

BY Khaled Almaeena / /

A report in a local paper focused on the damages inflicted on people by false accusations made to the National Anti-Corruption Commission (Nazaha). Nazaha Chairman Khalid Al-Muhaisen highlighted some of the points and said that care will be taken to protect those against whom allegations have been made.

Change or Be Changed

Change or Be Changed

BY Khaled Almaeena / /

Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum is one of the few Arab leaders who calls a spade a spade. He puts forward ideas that are relevant, not only to the present but to the future.

Is the Arab World Truly Independent?

Is the Arab World Truly Independent?

BY Khaled Almaeena / /

The number of foreign journalists coming to our part of the world is on the rise. However, what is noticeable is the replacement of seasoned journalists by younger and less experienced reporters.

Why Not a Saudi MADD?

Why Not a Saudi MADD?

BY Khaled Almaeena / /

Every day glaring headlines of traffic accidents are splashed across local papers. Over the weekend there were quite a few. Everyone speaks about the abnormal high ratio of deaths in the Kingdom compared to the population. Newspapers highlight deaths on the highways but many tragic accidents go unnoticed.

President Trump: It’s Too Early to Predict

President Trump: It’s Too Early to Predict

BY Khaled Almaeena / /

And finally, it happened! An outsider has occupied the White House. After a bitter election campaign that was a first in several things including verbal duels and mudslinging, Donald Trump finally triumphed over Hillary Clinton and both Democrats and mainstream Republicans.

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.