Oil attacks open up opportunities for Western defence companies
The drone and cruise missile attacks on Aramco's oil processing facilities in Abqaiq and Khurais have sent Riyadh shopping for protection against further offensives. [...]
The deputy crown prince of Saudi Arabia is the youngest defence minister in the world in a country where old age is the norm at the top. Surrounded by a younger guard, Mohammed bin Salman Al Saud has launched a number of reforms since his father, King Salman bin Abdulaziz came to power, articulated around the Vision 2030 programme. His influence on the regime’s apparatus is growing, which has caused a certain amount of jealousy on the part of his rivals, most notably the crown prince and interior minister Mohammed Bin Nayef.
There have been a flurry of deals between Beijing and Riyadh of late as the two diversify their alliance. Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is receiving help on China from discreet businessman Mohammed bin Abdullah Al Shehri. [...]
The French branch of the Al Ula Commission (AFDU), founded to support Mohammed bin Salman's vast tourism project of the Al-Ula region, is gearing up to present its roadmap in early July by bringing new team members on board. [...]
Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has recently upped the political presence at the General Authority for Military Industries (GAMI) and he is now looking for skilled business negotiators to steer the new procurement apparatus. [...]