The three-pronged attack in Jeddah, Qatif and the holy city of Madinah truly shocked all of us. The last one, near the Prophet’s Mosque, touched the ethos of Muslims and people of other faiths who aspire for peace.
The Saudi Vision 2030 is one of the most ambitious plans to transform the country and prepare it for the future. It is a plan that outlines long-term goals to utilize the country's assets for the future generations.
Terrorists read my lips… You have no place to hide. And if you think you can drive a wedge between Saudis, then you are totally mistaken.
I had just read a WhatsApp message on the tragic death of the brother of a former colleague of ours who was killed in a car accident in the Eastern Province a few hours earlier.
Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s visit to France came at a crucial time for both the friendly countries. The visit comes amid huge social, economic and political events taking place around the globe.
The menace of beggary has always plagued Jeddah. In a city which is the gateway to Makkah and Madinah with visitors from both inside and outside the country, this practice is truly nauseating and especially in the holy month of Ramadan when the spirit of giving equals that of prayer and worship.
A few weeks ago, one of the most ambitious housing projects was inaugurated in the industrial city of Jubail. SABIC and other petrochemical companies have built thousands of housing units in the city.
The other day I saw a man in a parking lot empty his car ashtray in the street. Only an hour before, near a traffic light a driver in an expensive car opened the door and threw a few cans on the street. Incidents like this happen every hour.
Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who is currently visiting the US, has announced that on the orders of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman 2,628 male and female Saudi students studying in the US on their own will be included in the government’s foreign scholarship program.
Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is currently visiting the United States. The action-packed royal visit is very important for the world and the entire region. Riyadh and Washington are two key players on the stage of global politics.
Ramadan, one of the pillars of Islam, has a distinct flavor. It is not the same as other Hijri months. It is a time when a different lifestyle, albeit temporary, is practiced.
A few years ago, I wrote about Muslims in Iceland and Ramadan. We all know that in Ramadan Muslims abstain from food and water from dawn till dusk. It is almost impossible or very difficult for Muslims living in countries situated close to the North Pole.
In 2003, the United States invaded Iraq, a country about 7,000 miles from its shores. The reasons provided to justify the invasion were based on unreliable reports claiming that Iraq was a threat to the security of the US, as it allegedly possessed weapons of mass destruction.
In a relatively short span, Filipinos have become an important part of the Saudi society. People from the Philippines started coming to the Kingdom during the economic boom of the early 1970s. Within a few years, they captured the Saudi labor market with much ease and adapted to the Saudi lifestyle very quickly. They could be seen in almost every sector of the Saudi economy.
Fasting is one of the five pillars of Islam. It is incumbent upon all those who have the physical and mental capacity to do so. It involves abstaining from food and drink from dawn to dusk.
Iraq, the cradle of civilization, has been in the headlines for the past few decades for all the wrong reasons. The post-9/11 era has witnessed Iraq plunging into the abyss of unending chaos. The very mention of Iraq these days evokes images of war, killings, corruption and civil unrest.
Truly there has been a change in India over the past couple of years. The language of hatred and intolerance is on the rise. The minorities feel they are no longer a part of the fabric of this great country. It seems as if Gandhiji’s legacy is being buried.
About two weeks ago, Forbes deputy editor Karen Blankfeld referred to an encouraging speech that was delivered at the University of California at Berkeley by Facebook’s Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg.
I have known many prime ministers. Not one of them was pure or holy. But, almost all had one common quality — when they reached the point where their own personal interest touched upon the national interest, it was the national interest that prevailed. But, Mr. Netanyahu was a rare exception.
They say eternal vigilance is the price of liberty. And that cannot hold more true in this day and age where states and institutions are confronting natural manmade challenges. How then can society face these threats if it is unaware of them?