About Datarabia
Datarabia's Royal family, Business, and Islamic directories provide free searches for basic information, plus news and commentary.  Access to advanced search tools and more detailed information, such as biographic reports, and downloadable mailing lists are available by subscription.

  • The Saudi Royal Family Directory includes biographic and geneological information on over 5,000 members of the Saudi Arabian Royal family.
  • The Saudi Business Directory includes over 150,000 records of Saudi businesses with 79,000+ phone numbers, 50,000+ addresses,  40,000+ fax numbers, and 35,000+ company officers.  You can search the directory by commercial sector, city, or company name.  Advanced tools allow you to search for company officers, and download listings for bulk mailing and faxing. 
  • The Islamic Directory focuses on the important institutions and individuals that comprise Saudi Arabia's Muslim community. The directory includes biographic information on about 1,500 scholars and shaykhs.
Feature Article

Taking the Measure of the New Administration: Change in Store, but for Whom?

Despite U.S. President Trump's unorthodox style, Saudi has appeared to take the new administration in stride. This is not solely due to diplomatic niceties; the royals are cautiously optimistic that the Americans will lend their weight to a regional effort to contain and confront Iran, a matter which overshadows all else. But the appearance of Trump on the scene threatens to upend royal family domestic politics as well.

by Senior Analyst Talal Kapoor

Incoming U.S. President Donald Trump, declared on February 15 during a joint press conference with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that his administration was open to both a two-state and one-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, sending shock waves through foreign capitals. The sharp pivot from decades of established policy seemed to confirm widespread worries that the new president would be openly hostile to Arab interests, especially in light of his previous comments on moving the American embassy to Jerusalem. Alarm bells had already been set off by the chaotic rollout of a hastily implemented travel ban, which targeted only Muslim countries, and the news conference that day only added to the fear in the Arab world that relations were about to enter a death spiral.

Yet later on the same day, Nikki Haley, the US ambassador to the UN, said that Washington "absolutely" supports a two-state solution. Later she reiterated that there had been no change in policy. The confusion has not been formally resolved, as the administration stumbles from one crisis to the next and the media moves on to the newest headline, but apart from the expected protestations of outrage from Palestinian leadership, the reaction to Trump's comments was noticeably muted in the Gulf States. This has partly to do with the fact the the monarchies there are for the most part adopting a "wait and see" approach, giving the new administration the benefit of the doubt while it works through the complexities of the transition, but also from the appreciation that they are dealing with a very different sort of character. In the diplomatic world, leaders are thoroughly briefed by their staff on the personalities and indeed, the idiosyncrasies, of their foreign counterparts before meetings, and many understand that this seemingly "different" approach to the Arab-Israeli peace is very likely to simply be the manifestation of Trump's apparent need for positive reinforcement from those with whom he comes into personal contact. The same dynamic has been seen at play before, notably in the case of his meeting with the Mexican president before the election, when everything Trump stood for seemed to be have been turned on its head after the personal meeting (only for him to revert to his previous campaign rhetoric later on the same day). Gulf leaders will be watching closely to see if Trump backs off his press conference statements. They also understand that he is famously averse to in-depth briefings, and assess that the remarks may also have been the result of both lack of familiarity with the issues, and ill-preparedness. The peace process "reset" could have been an ill-conceived attempt to play to Netanyahu's domestic support, with little real appreciation of how that would be perceived elsewhere (or in Israel, for that matter).

In the public realm, of course, all is well. A number of meetings have taken place with senior officials from both sides, including military leaders. The Foreign Minister, Adel al-Jubeir, met U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on February 16 on the sidelines of the meeting of G20 foreign ministers in Bonn. According to al-Jubeir, "we can see eye to eye with the US on the issue of Iran, on Syria, on Lebanon, on fight against Da'esh and on Yemen." Behind the scenes meetings may also have clarified the meaning of Trump's comments on the peace process. The Saudi leadership has also made a number of public statements expressing assurance in the new administration, as expected. Despite misgivings stemming from polarizing campaign rhetoric, Saudi seems open to working with Trump, and is at the very least confident of better relations than were seen during Obama's time in office. The royal family deeply resented the emphasis the Obama White House placed on human rights, at the expense of what they saw as a refusal to confront the realities of Iranian aggression in the region.

For access to the rest of this article, as well as the Datarabia archive, subscribe to the Royal Family Directory. Subscribe
Page 2: heralding change, or a step backwards?
Royal Family News
King Salman Embarks on 5-Nation Tour Next Month
RIYADH â?? Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abd al-Aziz will embark on a five-nation Asian tour early next month. The King will visit Indonesia, Japan, China, Malaysia and the Maldives.

JPMorgan, Morgan Stanley Set for Lead Saudi Aramco IPO Roles
Saudi Arabia is close to appointing the banks that will be lead underwriters on the initial public offering of Saudi Aramco, the world's largest oil producer, which is aiming to become the most valuable listed company.

Prince Turki al-Faysal to Attend 5th Global Baku Forum
Saudi Arabia's Prince Turki al-Faysal bin Abd al-Aziz, former head of the country's General Intelligence, Chairman of King Faysal Center for Research and Islamic Studies will arrive in Azerbaijan to take part in the 5th Global Forum to be held in Baku on March 16-17, the St

Saudi Business News
Universities under probe for financial discrepancies
Saudi Gazette report JEDDAH mdash; The Ministry of Education has uncovered financial discrepancies at some universities reaching millions of riyals and has formed a specialized committee to investigate the possible violations, Al-Watan daily reported. A source at the ministry reported that undocumented and unauth

Water supplied to Najran villages polluted, residents claim
nbsp; Saudi Gazette report nbsp; NAJRAN mdash; Residents of villages and small towns in Najran Province claim their water supplies are polluted and requested the Najran General Directorate of Water to fulfill its promise of providing potable water to the region, Al-Watan daily reported.

Haia chief stands by his predecessor
The new head of the Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice (Haia) has ordered an investigation into offensive videos and photos posted on social media against his predecessor, A

Islamic Community News
Saudi Arabia's religious authority says cinemas, song concerts harmful
Saudi Arabia's top religious authority has called cinemas and singing concerts harmful and corrupting, in a move that could complicate government efforts to introduce cultural reforms to the conservative kingdom. The comments by Grand Mufti Sheikh Abdulaziz Al al-Sheikh, published on his website, said cinemas and round-the-clock entertainment could open the door to "atheistic or rotten" foreign films and encourage the mixing of the sexes.

Grand mufti backs conscription
Grand Mufti of Saudi Arabia Sheikh Abdul Aziz bin Abdullah Al-Asheikh supports the idea of mandatory conscription that would see Saudi youths participate in military service. The grand mufti also wants legislation enacted requiring youths to be drafted into compulsory military training programs for a certain period of time.

Top Saudi cleric 'will not deliver' traditional sermon
Saudi Arabia's top cleric will not deliver a traditional Hajj sermon to pilgrims for the first time in 35 years, reports say. The speech from Abdul Aziz al-Sheikh, the grand mufti, marks the peak of the Muslim pilgrimage, which this year falls on Sunday.

Saudi Business Directory
Gain unlimited access to the data that can take your business to the next level:

  • 150,000 Saudi Businesses!
  • 5,000 Email Addresses!
  • Generate Custom Mail Lists!
  • News and Commentary Archives!

Move, Countermove - Searching For Equilibrium?

The Deputy Crown Prince, Muhammad bin Salman, although facing pressure on multiple fronts, has skillfully outmanouevred his adversaries by backing them into a corner. By making himself indispensable, he forces potential challengers to his place in the succession to accept an outcome they would not otherwise have chosen.

OPEC Deal: Tactical Retreat or Admission of Failure?

At first sight, the recent deal to cut oil production among OPEC members appears to be an admission by Saudi Arabia that its strategy to maximize the flow of crude and suppress prices has been a failure. Does backing down now represent a long-term shift in outlook, or did an improving economic outlook allow some breathing room?

A Royal Execution: Politics Or Principle?

News that Prince Turki bin Saud al-Kabir had been executed for murder elicited widespread praise from within the Kingdom for the equal treatment under the law the royal's punishment represented. But was the high-profile act a response to a growing realization by the royal family that the turbulent pace of change may be putting the social compact under increasing stress?

Parisian Affairs - A Cautionary Tale?

As the deputy crown prince, Muhammad bin Salman, travels the world showcasing his ambitious plans for the Kingdom's future, his sister's escapades in France cast an unfavorable light on the royal family. Does the apparent contradiction between words and action highlight a flaw in the prince's vision?

Vision 2030: A Dangerous Game?

The Deputy Crown Prince, Muhammad bin Salman, has staked his future on the outcome of an ambitious blueprint for economic transformation, a plan whose success hinges, paradoxically, on crude oil prices - the lifeblood of the Kingdom and the source of royal wealth - remaining permanently suppressed. Will a resurgence in energy markets spell doom for Muhammad's vision?