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Saudi Arabia seeks to enhance partnerships with Hong Kong and China

LONDON: Saudi Arabia is keen to strengthen its cooperation with Hong Kong and ultimately mainland China, the Kingdom’s minister of communications and IT said on Sunday. Speaking at the “One Gateway Shared Vision — Hong Kong x Saudi Arabia” event in the city, Abdullah Al-Swaha said closer collaboration would help boost the Kingdom’s Vision 2030 reform agenda, the South China Morning Post reported.

Saudi stock market closes with modest gains as TASI increases by 35 points

RIYADH: On its first trading day after the Eid holidays, Saudi Arabia’s stock market saw a muted performance, with its Tadawul All Share Index rising 34.93 points — or 0.3 percent — to close at 11,493.91 points.   While MSCI Tadawul Index inched up 0.4 percent to 1,516.30 points, the parallel market Nomu fell 4.22 percent to close at 25,043.16.   The total trading turnover of the benchmark index was SR4.56 billion ($1.22 billion) as 143 of the 228 listed stocks advanced, while 60 retreated.  

Turkey to increase central bank’s foreign reserves to counter lira depreciation

RIYADH: Turkiye is intensifying efforts to boost foreign reserves in its central bank, the country’s finance minister has revealed. Writing on Twitter, Mehmet Simsek said the bank’s net international reserves rose to a record $8.5 billion last week. “The return to rational policies will continue gradually,” the minister wrote, adding: “We are accelerating our efforts to obtain additional foreign resources to our country in order to further strengthen the reserves.”

“Nikola Vucevic signs 3-year, $60M extension with Chicago Bulls”

CHICAGO: The Chicago Bulls and center Nikola Vucevic agreed Wednesday to a $60 million, three-year extension, keeping the two-time All-Star off the free agent market. The move was hardly a surprise considering executive vice president of basketball operations Arturas Karnisovas and Vucevic had expressed a desire to get a deal done. The consistently productive 6-foot-10 center averaged 17.6 points and 11 rebounds — both identical to his averages a season earlier — while playing in all 82 games for the first time in his career.

New Electrical Transmission Line Connects Afar, Saudi Arabia to Yusufiya, Iraq

DUBAI: Aiming to step up energy security and usher in a new era in regional cooperation, Prince Saud bin Nayef bin Abdulaziz, the governor of the Eastern Province, inaugurated an electrical interconnection project between the Gulf Cooperation Council Interconnection Authority and Iraq. Saudi Arabia’s Energy Minister Prince Abdulaziz bin Salman said the connection was a dream turned reality, in an interview with Al-Arabiya. He said this landmark deal could achieve tangible economic benefits and enhance energy security.

Mayar Sherif: Highest-Ranked Egyptian in Tennis History by Design

In a recent conversation with her psychologist, Egyptian tennis star Mayar Sherif was asked what was driving her the most. “She was asking me, ‘What is your motivation right now? Because motivation can move mountains’,” recalled Sherif in an interview with Arab News on Monday. “I told her, ‘I’m dying to pass Ismail’s career-high mark of 34,’ so that was definitely a goal I had in my mind.” Sherif was referring to Ismail El-Shafei, who, until Sunday, was the highest-ranked Egyptian in Open era history, having peaked at No.34 in the world back in 1975.

Positive Non-Oil Outlook in UAE Despite Slight PMI Dip in May

RIYADH: The UAE’s non-oil private sector growth outlook remained positive in May, even as the seasonally adjusted S&P Global Purchasing Managers’ Index fell to 55.5 compared to 56.6 in April.   The S&P Global report noted that improved operating conditions drove business confidence to its strongest levels since October 2021.   According to the index, PMI readings above 50 show non-oil private sector growth, while those below 50 signal contraction.  

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