TKMS blocks Naval Group's pan-Arab navy dreams
Although France recently landed an order from the UAE for Gowind frigates, its German rival has also secured a berth on the Red Sea via Egypt. [...]
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.
The development of Saudi Arabia's cyber-security sector, which Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has made a priority, is being spearheaded by the part-publicly owned Saudi Information Technology Company (SITC). The firm is looking to develop while being mindful of the internal and regional power balance. [...]
The billions of dollars being injected into the vast Al-Ula archaeological tourist project is the stuff of dreams for France's industrial players and ministry of foreign affairs, which have been pulling out all the stops in Riyadh. [...]