Saudi Arabia

Why Saudi Arabia is trying to take over the world of golf

15 May 2022 4:00 pm

Golf came to Saudi Arabia in the 1930s. American expats, working in the nascent oil industry, brought their clubs with…

The West has to bite its lip for Saudi oil

16 March 2022 10:11 pm

It would be ridiculous to claim that Boris Johnson’s visit to Saudi Arabia is not morally problematic. He is going…

Can Boris get the Saudis to pump more oil?

12 March 2022 2:30 am

The oil price is up by more than 40 per cent since the start of the year. It is being…

Why would the Saudis bail out Biden?

10 March 2022 4:47 am

Is Saudi Arabia shunning Washington? Mohammed bin Salman has reportedly been refusing to phone Joe Biden, who wants the kingdom to…

Saudi Arabia’s burgeoning art scene

5 March 2022 9:00 am

Stuart Jeffries on Saudi Arabia’s burgeoning art scene

Why I should never look at Twitter

19 February 2022 9:00 am

Foreign trips can offer a sense of perspective. Heading to Saudi Arabia, I prepare for my first stint of diplomacy.…

In Israel, there’s never an easy fix

30 October 2021 9:00 am

From an Israeli army base on the border with Lebanon, I can see the village of Maroun al-Ras. An Iranian…

How China won over the Middle East

12 June 2021 9:00 am

How China won over the Middle East

The strange tale of NEOM: Saudi Arabia’s struggling desert megacity

24 April 2021 4:30 pm

Prince Mohammed bin Salman is desperate to shake Saudi Arabia’s addiction to oil. Its price has still not recovered from…

What the Khashoggi murder report means for US-Saudi relations

27 February 2021 6:36 am

Today, after pressure from senior US lawmakers and staring at an impending statutory deadline, the Biden administration authorised the release…

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What Bahrain’s deal with Israel really means

12 September 2020 12:19 pm

On September 15, representatives from the oil-rich Kingdom of Bahrain will meet Israeli leaders at the White House to sign…

Pilgrimage in the age of pandemic

5 September 2020 9:00 am

Pilgrimage in the age of pandemic

The art of being a mistress

29 August 2020 9:00 am

Gstaad The jokes about keeping a mistress are old and I’ve yet to hear a truly funny one (‘The difference…

Oil on troubled waters: the US-Saudi alliance is crumbling

16 May 2020 9:00 am

The US-Saudi alliance is crumbling

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Oil on troubled waters: the US-Saudi alliance is crumbling

14 May 2020 1:18 pm

Donald Trump said in October 2018 that the Saudi royal family ‘wouldn’t last two weeks’ without American military support. Last…

Has Trump finally decided to dump Saudi?

8 May 2020 7:39 pm

In a dramatic move even by his own mercurial standards, Donald Trump has authorised the withdrawal of two Patriot missile…

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What is the US Navy doing in the Persian Gulf?

30 April 2020 5:39 am

American alliances and security commitments tend to live on long after the world has changed. Many of our far flung…

Saudi may have won an oil truce – but a greater conflict now looms

14 April 2020 11:23 pm

For the first time in months, the coronavirus panic was briefly demoted as the main news story on Sunday when…

Crude tactics: Russia and Saudi Arabia are at war over oil prices

14 March 2020 9:00 am

Russia and Saudi Arabia have chosen this moment to go to war over oil prices

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Crude tactics: Russia and Saudi Arabia are at war over oil prices

14 March 2020 4:52 am

It all started at what everyone thought would be a routine meeting between Opec and non-Opec nations in Vienna. There…

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Andy Khawaja: ‘The whistleblower’

25 February 2020 1:50 am

This article is in The Spectator’s March 2020 US edition. Subscribe here. It’s after 2 a.m. in Club 38, a nightspot in…

Donald Trump has just blown up his goal of isolating Iran

11 January 2020 9:00 am

A blood-red flag was raised over the Jamkaran mosque in the Iranian holy city of Qom last week, one normally…

Portrait of the week: Bercow steps down, Hoyle steps up and an election begins

9 November 2019 9:00 am

Home Sir Lindsay Hoyle, the Labour MP for Chorley and deputy Speaker since 2010, was elected Speaker by the Commons.…

Jamal Khashoggi’s assassination was one of the century’s blackest farces

26 October 2019 9:00 am

The story of Jamal Khashoggi’s death is well known. A prominent Saudi journalist, he walked into his nation’s consulate in…

Portrait of the week: A Supreme Court ruling, Labour’s messy conference and Donald Trump’s ‘impeachment’

28 September 2019 9:00 am

Home Eleven justices of the Supreme Court ruled unanimously that in advising the Queen to prorogue parliament ‘the Prime Minister’s…