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31 Jan 2024

Saudi Arabia has announced that it will stop pursuing the expansion of its oil production capacity, reversing a key goal in the oil's superpower strategy

Supporters of the energy transition are celebrating, but geopolitics may be more important than what meets the eye. In a nutshell, Saudi Arabia manages together with Russia a very complex political and economic arrangement within the OPEC+ alliance. Riyad and Moscow are coordinating with other producers around the world in order to revive the global oil market, prevent production surplus and keep oil prices higher than non-OPEC producers' policies would. Source: Francesco Sassi

7 Dec 2023

Saudi Arabia said on Tuesday it will offer tax incentives for foreign companies that locate their regional headquarters in the kingdom, including a 30-year exemption for corporate income tax

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30 Nov 2023

Congrats to Saudi Arabia who wins bid for 2030 world fair, beating Italy, S. Korea.

The Saudi Arabian capital of Riyadh won the right to host the Expo 2030 world fair, vote results showed on Tuesday, in another diplomatic victory for a Gulf country after last year's soccer World Cup in Qatar. South Korea's port city of Busan and Rome in Italy were also in the running to host the five-yearly event that attracts millions of visitors and billions of dollars in investment. “Our goal in the Kingdom is to organize the first environmentally friendly exhibition that achieves a zero level of carbon emissions,” Expo blueprint team member Eng. Nouf Bint Majid al-Muneef said. “The Riyadh Expo 2030 site will be powered by clean resources that rely on solar energy, and we are developing high standards for resource efficiencies and detailed strategies to enhance biodiversity, eliminate food waste, and ensure green waste management and recycling.” Source: Reuters, Al Arabiyah

5 Sep 2023

Brent Oil hits $90/bbl for 1st time since Nov as Saudi Arabia extended its unilateral oil production cut by another three months

Source: Bloomberg, Holger

17 Aug 2023

Soccerflation...Perks that Neymar Júnior will receive in Saudi Arabia:

• €100M-a-year salary • House with 25 bedrooms • 40x10 meter swimming pool and 3 saunas • 5 full-time staff for his house • Bentley Continental GT • Aston Martin DBX • Lamborghini Huracán • 24-hour driver • all bills for hotels, restaurants and various services during his OFF days will be sent to the club headquarters to be paid • Private plane at his disposal for his travels • €500,000 for each social media post that promotes Saudi Arabia Source: The world of Statistics

17 Aug 2023

Saudi Arabia reduced its US treasury holdings by $3.2 Billion in June to the lowest level in nearly 7 years.

Source: FT

15 Aug 2023

According to a FT article, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates are buying up thousands of the high-performance Nvidia chips

These chips are crucial for building artificial intelligence software, joining a global AI arms race that is squeezing the supply of Silicon Valley’s hottest commodity. The Gulf powerhouses have publicly stated their goal of becoming leaders in AI as they pursue ambitious plans to turbocharge their economies. But the push has also raised concerns about potential misuse of the technology by the oil-rich states’ autocratic leaders. According to people familiar with the moves, Saudi Arabia has bought at least 3,000 of Nvidia’s H100 chips — a $40,000 processor described by Nvidia chief Jensen Huang as “the world’s first computer [chip] designed for generative AI” — via the public research institution King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (Kaust).

8 Aug 2023

Saudi Aramco 2Q 2023 profit vs. profits of the Majors

Source: company results

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