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Neom Update: Funding the World’s Most Ambitious Project

Nearly a year after Neom's announcement, the futuristic Saudi megacity is still only in the early stages of development. To meet goals of opening fully by 2025, planners must overcome a key challenge: shoring up funding.

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Muhannad Shono: Creating His Own Saudi Narrative

When Muhannad Shono began his career Saudi's creative economy was not a domain to be celebrated in the kingdom.

Discussion and Screening: New Currents in Saudi Cinema

Saudi filmmakers Meshal Al Jaser and Ali Al Sumayin join Kristin Smith Diwan to talk about and screen their work, and discuss how social media and other new technologies are influencing the future of film and media production in the Gulf.

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Spending to Grow in Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia is seeing some positive news in the return on investment in its outwardly placed capital in new technology.

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Moath Alofi: A Story of the City of Medina

Al-Medina al-Munawara is known primarily for the Prophet Muhammad’s mosque and his tomb inside it.

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Saudi Arabia and Climate Change: From Systematic Obstructionism to Conditional Acceptance

Saudi Arabia, the world’s largest oil producer, is expected to double its greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 compared to 2014 levels.

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Privatization in Saudi Arabia: Vision 2030 Ready to Sell

There have been four important changes to the kingdom's economic policies that may pave the way for increased foreign investment, though not likely immediate job growth.

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The Enlightened Sheikhs of the New Saudi Arabia

For decades, the religious establishment in Saudi Arabia succeeded in maintaining a homogenous religious discourse.

Riyadh and Abu Dhabi Draw Closer to Moscow

While on a “working visit” to Moscow, Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed al-Nahyan met June 1 with Russian President Vladimir Putin, and the two leaders signed a Declaration of Strategic Partnership between Russia and the United Arab Emirates.

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Through its careful examination of the forces shaping the evolution of Gulf societies and the new generation of emerging leaders, AGSIW facilitates a richer understanding of the role the countries in this key geostrategic region can be expected to play in the 21st century.

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