Saudi Schools Top 2016 U.S. News Arab Region Universities Rankings

The Middle East and North Africa region has one of the most youthful populations in the world. More than half – 55 percent – of the region’s populace is younger than 24, according to a July 2015 report from the Brookings Doha Center, a Qatar branch of a U.S.-based public policy think tank. As these youth contemplate their future, they may turn to the region’s hundreds of colleges and universities. To help prospective university students, as well as parents, policymakers and employers, compare higher education institutions across the region, U.S. News has launched its 2016 Best Arab Region Universities rankings. The…

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Islamic State claims killing of retired Saudi officer

A retired security officer in southern Saudi Arabia has been shot dead in an attack claimed Monday by the Islamic State group. Police spokesman Colonel Mohammed al-Harbi said that a man in the Abu Arish area of Jazan region, bordering Yemen, reported at about 2:30 am (1130 GMT Sunday) that his father “was being shot at from an unknown source at his farm”. Police did not identify the victim or give further details of his former security duties. They said a “criminal investigation” was under way into the killing. Usually…

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Saudi Arabia to build world’s tallest tower, reaching 1 kilometer into the sky

Dubai, long champion of all things biggest, longest and most expensive, will soon have some competition from neighboring Saudi Arabia. Dubai’s iconic Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building, could be stripped of its Guinness title if Saudi Arabia succeeds in its plans to construct the even larger Kingdom Tower in Jeddah — a prospect looking more likely as work begins next week, according to Construction Weekly. Consultants Advanced Construction Technology Services have recently announced testing materials to build the 3,280-feet (1 kilometer) skyscraper (the Burj Khalifa, by comparison, stands at…

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