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Why the Saudi-Iranian Pact Is Withstanding the Gaza War

The Gaza war has demonstrated the strategic utility and resilience of the detente between Saudi Arabia and Iran. However, its longer-term sustainability may depend on unpredictable regional dynamics or other outside factors.

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Layali Al-Qaisariyah: A Saudi Festival in an Agricultural Town

The Layali Al-Qaisariyah festival in Al-Hofuf, in Saudi Arabia’s Eastern Province, is an illuminating example of how the kingdom's art and entertainment agenda manifests outside the major cities.

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Four Indicators to Track Saudi Reform Progress

Positive developments in four indicators during 2024 – the female labor force participation rate, tourist arrivals, foreign direct investment inflows, and student educational attainment – will give confidence that the bold diversification plans underway in Saudi Arabia are on track.

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Neom Is Becoming a Destination of Destinations

The longer-term desirability of Neom’s destinations depends largely on the fast-changing domestic environment within Saudi Arabia, yet a tough regional neighborhood will keep Saudi planners on their toes.

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Nature’s Palette: Mohammad Alfaraj’s Art Captures the Spirit of Al-Ahsa

Saudi artist Mohammad Alfaraj’s nature-inspired installations draw on his childhood in Al-Ahsa and stories from the oasis town.

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Setting the Stage: The Vital Role of Private Art Institutions in Saudi Arabia

Without the formation of private art institutions in Saudi Arabia, the kingdom’s cultural scene would not be where it is today.

Book Launch: Art in Saudi Arabia: A New Creative Economy?

On January 19, AGSIW hosted a discussion on art in Saudi Arabia.

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Stronger Growth Expected in Saudi Arabia in 2024 Amid High Uncertainty

The Saudi economy is likely to grow by around 1.5% in 2024 with the non-oil sector expanding by 3% to 4%. However, uncertainties are high, centering around the oil market, conflict in Gaza, path of U.S. monetary policy, and effects of domestic reforms.

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Expo 2030: An Opportunity to Define Riyadh’s Future

In 2030, Riyadh has the opportunity to offer something radically different that will leave a lasting legacy for the world.

The End of Mandatory Hijab in Iran?

Should the Islamic Republic utilize the March 1 elections to end effective enforcement of the hijab law, it will remove a source of constant friction between state and society in Iran, but the regime will also lose an instrument of intimidating the urban middle class.

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