Saudi Arabia


Saudi camel beauty pageant hit by botox

A high-stakes camel beauty pageant in Saudi Arabia has been hit by a cheating scandal after 43 entrants were disqualified for botox injections and other cosmetic enhancements.

The King Abdulaziz Camel Festival is an annual Bedouin event held in the desert northeast of Riyadh that lures breeders from around the Gulf with prize money of up to $66 million.

Suspect in killing of Saudi journalist arrested in France

A suspect in the 2018 killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi was arrested on Dec. 7 in France, according to a French judicial official.

The official said the suspect was being held on the basis of a Turkish arrest warrant. He requested not being named in accordance with the French justice system's customary practices.

From cinema ban to film festival: Saudi rolls out red carpet

Less than four years after lifting a ban on cinemas, Saudi Arabia is hosting its first major film festival that kicked off on Dec. 6 as it eyes a lucrative new industry.

Movie houses were barred for decades until April 2018, but over the next 10 days, actors and directors will tread the red carpet at Jeddah's Red Sea International Film Festival.

Turkey restricts travel from southern Africa as new variant sparks concern

Turkey, the United States, Brazil, Canada, and Saudi Arabia became the latest countries on Nov. 26 to restrict travel from southern Africa, where a new Covid strain labelled a "variant of concern" has been discovered in a potentially heavy blow to the world's efforts to end the coronavirus pandemic.

UAE crown prince visits Turkey

Abu Dhabi's Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan on Nov. 24 arrived in Turkish capital Ankara upon the invitation of Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.

The Crown Prince's visit is his first official visit to Turkey since 2012 and the first top-level meeting between the UAE and Turkey over recent years.

Hamas acknowledges 'critical' Turkish role at political level

Hamas' political bureau said on Nov. 20 that Turkey has a "critical" role regarding the Palestinian cause at the political level.

Ismail Haniyeh commented​​​​​​​ on Turkey's stance on the Palestinian issue, Palestinian prisoners in Saudi Arabia and the Israeli blockade on Gaza Strip while speaking to a television station affiliated with Hamas.