UPDATED — Saudi Arabia has implemented an electronic tracking system to monitor women and inform their husbands if they leave the country.
Later this year, Saudi Arabia is expected to approve very ambitious plans for a massive array of renewable energy projects. The first installations should be completed next year.
The Middle East has always been a troubled place, and now people are taking to the web to launch their attacks. On Tuesday, a group of Israeli hackers took down the Saudi Arabia stock exchange and the United Arab Emirates stock exchange websites, Israeli newspaper Haaretz reports. The group, which calls itself IDF-Team, was able to paralyze the Saudi stock exchange site and cause delays on the UAE site.
Oil-rich Saudi Arabia wants to become an exporter of solar.
The United Arab Emirates has called off a ban on Research in Motion’s BlackBerry service that would have left nearly a half-million users without the service just days from now, it announced today.
Research in Motion avoided a ban today on its BlackBerry services in India by beginning a 60-day security test to see whether Indian officials can tap its BlackBerry Messenger and enterprise email services.
Despite announcing its intentions to block web services from BlackBerry devices starting last week, Saudi Arabia has allowed them to continue functioning unimpeded while BlackBerry-maker Research in Motion tries to resolve the country’s security complaints with the smartphones.
The Obama administration has stepped in to mediate discussions between BlackBerry-maker Research in Motion and foreign governments — including Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, and more — who want to ban the devices due to security threats, reports the AP.
The United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia have both announced that they will be blocking select BlackBerry communication functions because they are unable to monitor them, reports the BBC.