Former PM Raffarin helps Saudi-French Business Council aiming for involvement in MbS's projects
Jean-Pierre Raffarin, the former prime minister who became the French government's envoy for China, has recently made his mark on the Saudi-French business networks. For many French companies, that has resulted in a reorientation of their focus towards Mohammed bin Salman's large-scale plans.
Saudi Space Commission weaves web in Washington with Edelman's help
As Saudi Arabia continues to build its Earth observation programmes, the Saudi Space Commission has laid the foundations for working with the US space industry, thanks in part to lobbying by Edelman.
Yemen's increasingly confident pro-Emirati STC launches influence campaign in Washington
Saudi Arabia has been lobbying in Washington to promote its vision for Yemen for a while. Now, the Southern Transitional Council, which has a growing footprint on the ground and a stronger presence in Yemen's legitimate governing entities, is also looking to ensure its voice is heard during the US-sponsored peace negotiations.
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Airbus keeps low profile in Saudi mission-critical communications bid
Now the leading French mission-critical communications provider, Airbus is seeking to earn a share of the Saudi defence ministry's mission-critical communications contract. But delays on France's RRF radio network of the future project have the firm treading very cautiously in Riyadh.
Yasir Al Rumayyan indulges Saudi sovereign wealth fund's love for US assets
By bumping up the advisory staff of its US investment office USSA International, the governor of Saudi Arabia's Public Investment Fund intends to increase its financial exposure to the dollar and bring several companies in its portfolio to maturity.
MbS gets Riyadh Metro back on track but business partners wary
By replacing the head of the Royal Commission for Riyadh City, Mohammed bin Salman intends to give a new impetus to the Saudi capital's major flagship projects. The metro is first in line but the megaproject remains a delicate mission for the winning bidders and their local partners.
On the run from Mohammed bin Salman, King Abdullah's key arms broker finds refuge in Beirut
Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman's investigators are still on the hunt for Salah Fustok, the main negotiator of arms contracts with the National Guard under King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz. The fugitive agent holds secrets about many Western defence companies' business dealings in Saudi Arabia.
Airbus looks for new approach in Saudi Arabia as Boeing returns to kingdom's civil aviation market
Following the award of a massive new aircraft contract to Boeing by the Saudi authorities, the European aircraft manufacturer is looking to reorganise its sales strategy to ensure it keeps its place in the kingdom's aviation sector.
Boeing struggles to convert commercial success into Saudi defence contracts
While the US aircraft manufacturer has won strong commercial success with Saudi's Riyadh Air and Saudia Airlines it is having trouble locking in contracts with the country's defence industry. It is exploring several new strategic approaches, and even considering relocating its programmes with AlSalam Aerospace to the US.
Ajlan & Bros looks to supply Russian electronic warfare tools to Saudi Arabian intelligence
Sepha, founded by Saudi conglomerate Ajlan & Bros to do business with the Russian defence industry, is putting together a catalogue of Russian-built electronic warfare tools, which it is hoping to supply to the Saudi intelligence services.
Saudi mega deals weave their way into Chinese Riyadh-Tehran mediation
With Beijing's mediation efforts between Saudi Arabia and Iran bearing fruit, Xi Jinping has been making the most of his role as a successful diplomatic go-between to build ties with Mohammed bin Salman, just as several large contracts eyed by Chinese firms are about to be awarded.
Nicolas Sarkozy visits the al-Ajlans, a Saudi family under US surveillance for links to China and Russia
Former French president turned consultant Nicolas Sarkozy yesterday paid a visit to Ajlan bin Abdulaziz al-Ajlan, head of the family-run conglomerate Ajlan & Bros, on the sidelines of his visit to Riyadh.
Private investigators allegedly involved in trans woman's forced return to Saudi Arabia
Special Investigations Limited was hired by the family of Eden Knight, who has reportedly committed suicide. Its CEO Michael Pocalyko, a former Navy pilot with a background in intelligence, reportedly misled Knight, claiming his goal was to help her repair relations with her parents.
UAE, Saudi Arabia, India and South Korea secretly supply missiles to Ukraine
While officially neutral, a number of Western defence industry client countries are indirectly helping Ukraine's war effort by providing access to their weaponry stocks. Intelligence Online investigates the supply of French Crotale, Mistral and Milan missiles for use against Russia.
The Ritz-Carlton in Riyadh, a gilded prison turned hotspot for business elites thriving under MbS
All over the world, spies have their favourite hangouts for hush-hush conversation and impromptu reunions. This week, Intelligence Online explores the Ritz-Carlton in Riyadh. Turned into a gilded prison in 2017 by Mohammed bin Salman during his anti-corruption purge, the opulent establishment is fast becoming a favourite haunt of heads of state and business tsars.