Saudi Arabia

  • Thailand News

    Thai-Saudi collaboration set to boost health and wellness tourism

    Health and wellness tourism in Saudi Arabia is set to receive a boost as the Thai Public Health Ministry sets its sights on fostering collaborations in the sector. Simultaneously, the Labour Ministry is eyeing the opportunity to dispatch a greater number of skilled Thai workers to the Middle East nation. Saudi Commerce Minister Majid bin Abdullah al-Kassabi was welcomed to…

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    Saudi Arabian man reunites with Thai nanny after 20 years (video)

    A 33 year old Saudi Arabian man reunited with his former Thai babysitter after searching for her for over 20 years. He wished to express gratitude for her care during his childhood. Several Thai media outlets shared the story of the 33 year old Saudi Arabian man, Ali Bokhari, and his Thai babysitter, 77 year old Banyen Thongchaitanawut, after they…

  • Business News

    Thailand capitalises on halal market amid renewed Saudi ties

    Thailand and Saudi Arabia’s reestablishment of diplomatic ties in 2022, after a three-decade hiatus, has presented the Land of Smiles with fresh avenues to capitalise on its halal products’ demand in the Middle Eastern markets. The global Muslim population, approximately 2 billion, is projected to constitute 25% of the total populace by 2030. Thaweelap Rittapirom, the President of the Islamic…

  • Business News

    Oil prices dip over 1% due to Saudi cuts and increased Opec production

    Oil prices experienced a significant drop today, with a decrease of over 1% due to the substantial price reductions introduced by Saudi Arabia, a leading exporter, coupled with an increase in the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) production. These factors successfully counterbalanced concerns about the growing geopolitical tension in the Middle East. During early trading, Brent crude saw…

  • Business News

    Star Petroleum predicts global oil price drop despite high energy demand

    Star Petroleum Refining Plc predicts a decrease in global oil prices for the remainder of the year despite robust energy demand. The reduction in prices is anticipated due to a potential surplus among key oil producers, according to Sakchai Thamsuruk, the manager for supply and planning at the petroleum company. The global oil industry is closely observing Saudi Arabia and…

  • Business News

    Thailand seeks free trade agreement with Gulf nations to boost investment

    Thailand’s government spokesperson, Chai Wacharonke, declared the country’s intention to establish a free trade agreement with the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) member nations, aiming to enhance trade and investment relations. Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin recently concluded his visit to Saudi Arabia, where he participated in the ASEAN-GCC Riyadh Summit at the Ritz-Carlton. During the visit, the 61 year old prime…

  • Thailand News

    Saudi Arabia pledges to aid Thailand in Israel-Hamas hostage crisis

    Thailands Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin announced that Saudi Arabia has pledged to assist in securing the release of Thai hostages caught in the ongoing Israel-Hamas war. His statement came after meeting with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman Al Saud at the Asean-Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Summit in Riyadh. The Crown Prince expressed his sympathy towards the Thai workers affected…

  • Business News

    Saudi Arabia and Russia extend oil cuts, pushing Brent crude to ten-month high

    The global oil market experienced a significant shift as Saudi Arabia and Russia disclosed their decision to prolong voluntary oil production cuts until the end of the year. This announcement pushed Brent crude prices to a peak unseen in the last ten months, reported Bangkok Post. The energy ministry of Saudi Arabia, the world’s leading crude oil exporter, stated that…

  • Economy News

    Saudi-Phuket direct flights set to launch as Thai diplomacy thaws

    Direct flights between Saudi Arabia and Phuket International Airport are slated to start in October, as announced by Monchai Tanode, the director of the airport. The Saudi-Phuket flights initiative is significant, marking the first-ever direct commercial flights between Saudi Arabia and Phuket since diplomatic relations were restored in the previous year. The foremost direct flight to Phuket will be facilitated…

  • Business News

    Chiang Mai targets Saudi tourism boom with ‘THAILAND MEGA FAIR 2023’

    A wave of visitors hailing from Saudi Arabia is anticipated by several travel agencies in Chiang Mai, as plans are set in motion to execute a roadshow this year, within the Middle Eastern nation. The aim of the event is to reinforce mutual cooperation and entice more tourists to visit Thailand. Yesterday’s meeting was led by the deputy governor, Weerapong…

  • Economy News

    Saudi-Thailand relations: Leaders discuss tourism and investment amid strengthening ties

    The chairman of Saudi Arabia’s Consultative Assembly, Abdullah Mohammed Ibrahim Al-Sheikh, was heartily welcomed by Thailand’s Prime Minister, Prayut Chan-o-cha yesterday for a constructive dialogue on potential collaboration for tourism and investment in Thailand’s Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC). The Saudi-Thailand relations discussion was announced by Tipanan Sirichana, deputy government spokesperson for Thailand. Al-Sheikh, leading the delegation from Saudi Arabia, had…

  • Business News

    Thai firms eye investment deals in Saudi Arabia

    Thailand and Saudi Arabia are forging strong economic ties, with several collaboration deals in progress. Sanan Angubolkul, chairman of the Thai Chamber of Commerce, recently visited Saudi Arabia with a Thai delegation led by Foreign Minister Don Pramudwinai. During the visit, it was announced that PTT Oil and Retail Business Plc (OR) plans to establish petrol stations in Saudi Arabia,…

  • World News

    Lionel Messi’s potential move to Saudi Arabia: A look at football greats who played in unexpected leagues

    Lionel Messi, the 35 year old Argentine football superstar, is reportedly preparing to continue his illustrious career by making a surprising move to Saudi Arabia. As a result, Barcelona fans will be left heartbroken, as they had hoped for Messi to return to his former club. However, Messi is not the first prominent player to seek opportunities in less renowned…

  • Business News

    Banking job boom and surging salaries in Saudi Arabia

    Despite ongoing global financial challenges, Saudi Arabia is experiencing a significant surge in banking jobs and salaries. This growth is attributed to the ambitious economic expansion plans by Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman, who is utilising oil sales revenue to transform the nation’s economy. With over US$600 billion worth of assets, Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund is hiring swiftly, attracting…

  • World News

    Breaking free: Young gay man flees Saudi Arabia for acceptance and safety

    A young gay man bravely came out last year, but when his family could not accept him, the 20 year old had no choice but to leave Saudi Arabia, a deeply conservative country, to find freedom and safety. Turki (name changed for security reasons) recalls the harsh treatment he faced from his family after coming out as gay in Saudi…

  • Economy News

    Big Oil Majors take precautionary step to stabilize oil market by cutting production

    The globe’s major oil companies, commonly known as “Big Oil Majors,” made a somewhat surprising move to cut production by over one million barrels per day as a “precautionary” move to stabilise the oil market. Russia, a leading member of the OPEC+ cartel, also decided to extend their existing cut of 500,000 barrels per day until the end of the…

  • Things To Do

    Asian Winter Games 2029 to be held in Saudi Arabian futuristic city

    Saudi Arabia has won the bid to host the Asian Winter Games in 2029, near the US$500 billion futuristic city project of Neom. The Games will be held in Trojena, as it is planned to be a year-round ski resort by 2026. The resort will feature outdoor skiing, a man-made freshwater lake and a nature reserve. The desert and mountains…

  • Thailand News

    Thailand workers could earn over 100,000 baht in Saudi Arabia

    Workers can expect to earn monthly salaries of over 100,000 baht when Saudi Arabia opens its doors to Thailand later this year Labour Minister Suchart Chomklin made it known yesterday that Thailand has agreed to fill the skilled and semi-skilled workers’ void in Saudi Arabia after the kingdoms patched up a 30-year feud. Saudi Arabia cut trade and diplomatic ties…

  • Thailand News

    Thailand exempts entry visa for Saudi tourists allowing 30-day stay

    Thailand yesterday moved a step further to its future relationship with the kingdom of Saudi Arabia when it announced a 30-day visa exemption will be available to all Saudi citizens. Saudis can now enter Thailand and stay for 30 days without applying for a visa before departure. The move comes as both nations step up to restore diplomatic relations which…

  • World News

    Saudi deal to inject ‘billions’ into Thai economy

    Thailand is to welcome a delegation from oil-rich Saudi Arabia in July which could potentially inject “billions” into the nation’s economy. Board of Trade of Thailand Chairman Sanan Angubolkul yesterday revealed delegations from both the private and public sector of Saudi Arabia are scheduled to visit the kingdom from July 4-7 to discuss trade and investment between the two countries.…

  • Economy News

    Thailand’s labour ministry hopes to export 50,000 workers

    Now that the Covid-19 situation across the world has calmed down a bit, Thailand’s Labour Ministry expects to send about 50,000 workers abroad this year. The Department of Employment’s PR office said now that restrictions have largely eased, Thailand’s labour exports are set to resume in large numbers. So far, labour export agreements have been signed with two countries, Saudi…

  • Thailand News

    King of Saudi Arabia donates 7 tonnes of dates to Thailand Muslims

    The King of Saudi Arabia has bestowed 7 tonnes of dates and gift boxes to Thai Muslims who are fasting during the holy month of Ramadan from April 2 – May 1. King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud’s gift of 3,000 boxes of dates will be distributed to Muslim communities in Thailand to eat at iftar, which is the meal…

  • World News

    Iran-backed Houthis attack Saudi petroleum storage facilities

    Yemen’s Iran-backed Houthi party says it struck Saudi petroleum facilities in Jeddah with missiles yesterday, just as Saudi Arabia prepares to hold a motor race on Sunday. The missiles caused fires in two storage tanks, however there were no casualties. A Houthi spokesman says they targeted ‘vital facilities’. Saudi Arabia is the world’s largest oil exporter. Saudi’s energy ministry said…

  • World News

    1,000 Thais register to apply for jobs in Saudi Arabia

    Thai and Saudi officials say labour relations between their countries are strengthening following renewed relations. Thailand’s labour minister said over 1,000 people have registered online with the Department of Employment to apply for jobs in Saudi Arabia. He claimed the final remaining step is signing a bilateral labour agreement, which is expected to occur soon. The agreement will allow Thailand…

  • Thailand News

    Thais can now work in Saudi Arabia

    As of yesterday, Thai workers can now work in Saudi Arabia, and will be protected by Saudi laws. Thailand’s cabinet approved two draft agreements about this yesterday, which will last for five years. They will be extended for another five years unless one or both parties decide against it. Both countries will cooperate to make sure recruitment and employment is…

  • Thailand News

    Tourism authorities greet first Saudi direct arrivals, plan new schemes

    The Tourism Authority of Thailand greeted Saudi tourist arrivals with traditional Thai performances and a water salute on Monday. The flight was the first direct flight to Thailand from Saudi Arabia in 32 years landed in Bangkok, at Suvarnabhumi Airport. This flight symbolised the recent reconciliation between Thailand and Saudi Arabia after decades of frosty relations following the Blue Diamond…

  • Thailand video news

    Thailand News Today | Suspicions over Thai actress drowning

    Many Thais are speculating that the drowning of the Thai TV actress Tangmo in the Chao Phraya River was not an accident and police now say they are going to use a lie detector during interrogations. Reports say the 37-year-old woman had gone to the back of the speedboat to urinate but had fallen in at around 10:40 pm Thursday…

  • Thailand News

    First direct flight from Saudi Arabia to land in Thailand after mending diplomatic relations

    The first direct flight from Saudi Arabia to Thailand will land at Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi Airport, a significant step after bilateral ties between the two countries were patched up. Saudi Arabian Airlines flight SV846 from Riyadh will arrive at Suvarnabhumi Airport at 6:05pm today. The airline will operate three flights per week between Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, and Bangkok, with more flights…

  • Thailand video news

    Thailand News Update | Reducing paperwork for incoming travellers

    This Wednesday the CCSA convene for yet another meeting to consider both lifting persistent local restrictions, as well as reducing some of the paperwork and hassles for incoming travellers. For travellers, they will be looking for the scrapping of one or both the pre-paid PCR tests and accommodation when they arrive. New applications for the Thailand Pas have remained lack-lustre…

  • Thailand News

    Saudi Arabia will have flights to Thailand available starting February 28

    After Thailand and Saudi Arabia patched things up last month after decades of cold relations, flights from Saudi Arabia to Thailand will be available starting on February 28. Thai International Airways also plans to have direct flights between Bangkok and Riyadh in May. Thai tourism authorities have set a lofty goal of 20 billion baht from an expected 200,000 Saudi…