Saudis try sandboarding as domestic tourism booms | AFP

While the international airport and borders remain closed due to the Covid-19 pandemic, Saudis and expats turn to domestic tourism, many heading for a sandboarding experience on the dunes of the “Saed” desert area, 110 km east of the capital Riyadh.

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‘Trapped’ illegals in Saudi look to virus for escape | AFP

Jobless and broke, Sudanese electrician Hatem is stranded in limbo in Riyadh like countless other illegal workers, but he hopes the fast-spreading coronavirus will offer a chance for escape.

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Restaurants and hair salons reopen in Saudi Arabia | AFP

Traffic is back on the streets of Riyadh, and restaurants and hair salons have reopened as Saudi Arabia lifts its coronavirus curfew. Saudi Arabia has been the hardest-hit Gulf state during the pandemic, with over 150,000 confirmed cases.

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Saudi reopens mosques in Riyadh after easing lockdown restrictions | AFP

Muslim worshippers pray while respecting the social distancing restrictions at the Al-Rajhi Mosque in the capital Riyadh after Saudi authorities reopened mosques, more than two months after they were closed due to the coronavirus pandemic. Saudi Arabia has officially recorded 83,384 COVID-19 cases and 480 deaths from the virus. IMAGES

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Local flights resume as Saudi lifts domestic travel ban | AFP

Passengers undergo temperature checks at the departure hall for domestic flights at King Khalid International Airport in Riyadh following a sanitary protocol amid the coronavirus pandemic after Saudi lifted a domestic travel ban. IMAGES 1st IMAGES

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Coronavirus: Deserted roads in the Saudi holy city of Mecca | AFP

Drone images show the roads of the Saudi holy city of Mecca deserted during the novel coronavirus pandemic. Saudi Arabia’s health minister warned of a huge spike in coronavirus cases of up to 200,000 within weeks, state media reported. The warning came after the kingdom extended the duration of daily curfews in multiple cities, including the capital Riyadh, to 24 hours in a bid to limit the spread of the deadly virus.

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Residents of Huthis-held Sanaa react to Riyadh agreement | AFP

Residents of Huthis-held Sanaa react to a power-sharing deal signed by Yemen’s internationally recognised government with southern separatists Tuesday, in a Saudi-brokered initiative to end a conflict simmering within the country’s civil war.

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Saudi Arabia hopes tourism pioneers will bring economic bonanza | AFP

In Riyadh’s old quarter, a small group of Polish holidaymakers exploring the mud-brick Masmak Fort were making history as some of the first foreign tourists to visit Saudi Arabia since it opened its doors.

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Riyadh’s Winter Wonderland opens with parade and acrobats | AFP

A parade of musicians and acrobats open Winter Wonderland in Riyadh as the Chairman of the Board at the General Entertainment Authority Turki bin Abdulmohsen Al Sheikh visits the venue.

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Russian President Putin arrives in Saudi Arabia | AFP

Russian President Vladimir Putin arrives at the airport in Riyadh for his visit to Saudi Arabia, where he is set to seal oil agreements as well as use his influence to defuse rising tensions in the Gulf. IMAGES

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A minute’s silence held in Istanbul for Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi | AFP

A minute of silence is held in Istanbul to mark the first anniversary of the death of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi. The Washington Post columnist was killed and dismembered at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on October 2, 2018, in an operation that reportedly involved 15 agents sent from Riyadh. His body was never found. IMAGES

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Saudi Arabia displays weapons used in attacks on oil facilities | AFP

Saudi Arabia displays the weapons used in the attacks on two of its oil facilities in Abqaiq and Khurais during a press conference for Aramco’s investigation findings in Riyadh. IMAGES

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Saudi Arabia reveals the construction plan of Qaddiya | AFP

Saudi Arabia reveals the construction plan of Qiddiya, the country’s future entertainment, sports and cultural destination, which will be established in Riyadh.

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‘World’s worst humanitarian crisis’: Did France downplay its arms’ role in Yemen war?

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While Paris is pointedly secretive about its role in the campaign waged by Riyadh in Yemen, the scale of its involvement might make France complicit in the Saudi war crimes, a co-founder of a French investigative group told RT.

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Leaked docs: France plays deeper role in Saudi-led war in Yemen than acknowledged

While Paris is pointedly secretive about its role in the campaign waged by Riyadh in Yemen, the scale of its involvement might make France complicit in the Saudi war crimes, a co-founder of a French investigative group told RT.

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Thousands vs 1 killed: Why did MSM notice Yemen bloodbath only after Khashoggi’s murder?

Saudi Arabia’s bombing campaign in Yemen against Houthi fighters – deemed terrorists by Riyadh – has been ongoing for more than three years now.

Yet – what the UN calls ‘the world’s worst man-made humanitarian crisis’ – apparently garners less attention than the murder of one journalist.

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US Senate passes resolution blaming Saudi Prince MBS for Jamal Khashoggi murder

The US Senate unanimously approved a resolution, blaming the Saudi Crown Prince for the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in Istanbul 2 months ago. This move represents a challenge to Donald Trump’s policies on Saudi Arabia, and his refusal to scale back military ties with Riyadh. READ MORE: https://on.rt.com/9kga

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Charities call on US to halt military support of Saudi Arabia

International humanitarian groups have called on the US to halt its military support for Saudi Arabia over Riyadh’s ongoing campaign in Yemen. In a joint statement, the 5 charities sounding the alarm stressed that as many as 14mn people could starve to death unless urgent action is taken.

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Saudi seeks death penalty for five Khashoggi murder accused

Saudi’s deputy public prosecutor, Shalaan al-Shalaan, says five Saudi officials face the death penalty over the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi during a press conference in Riyadh. Meanwhile Turkey says the Saudi statement over Khashoggi’s murder is “insufficient” and insists that the killing was “premeditated.”