Saudi Arabia Timeline:
2016 JAN 2
Saudi Arabia announces the execution of 47 people, inclShia cleric Nimr Baqir Al-Nimr, over "terrorism charges" middleeastmonitor.com/20160102-saudi…

2016 DEC 1
OPEC to slash production as Saudi shoulders majority of burden middleeastmonitor.com/20161201-opec-…
2017 MAY 20
US & SA reach $110B+ arms deal, WH announces
Israeli minister expresses concern
middleeastmonitor.com/20170521-israe…

2017 MAY 22
Trump takes the first official direct flight from Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, to Tel Aviv, Israel
middleeastmonitor.com/20170518-trump…
2017 MAY 24
Qatari State News Agency hacked after it reported remarks purportedly by its ruler criticizing US FP after Trump's visit to SA

middleeastmonitor.com/20170524-qatar…
2017 MAY 24
Saudi, Egypt and UAE block sites belonging to Qatar including Al Jazeera middleeastmonitor.com/20170525-uae-m…
2017 MAY 25
Ministers from the OPEC agree to extend the existing production cuts to 9 months, from the 6 months which had previously been approved
middleeastmonitor.com/20170526-oil-p…
2017 JUN 3
UAE ambassador to the US Yousef Al-Otaiba’s email account is hacked revealing links between Al-Otaiba & a pro-Israel think-tank in DC.
Emails reveal him to be urging US to move its military base out of Qatar which he says sponsors ‘terrorism’
middleeastmonitor.com/20170603-hacke…
2017 JUN 5
Bahrain, UAE, SA & Egypt announce they will sever ties w/Qatar.
Qatari diplomats given 48hrs to return to their countries while Qatari nationals & visitors are told to pack up and leave w/in 2wks middleeastmonitor.com/20170605-4-gul…
2017 JUN 5
Saudi expels Qatar from its coalition leading the war on Yemen middleeastmonitor.com/20170608-qatar…

Qatar says it is the victim of “incitement… based on lies” middleeastmonitor.com/20170605-qatar…
2017 JUN 5
Yemeni govt of Pres Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi severs ties w/Qatar. The Saudi-led coalition has been fighting to restore his power since 2015. middleeastmonitor.com/20170605-yemen…

Saudi Arabia shuts Qatar-based Al Jazeera channel’s office in the Kingdom middleeastmonitor.com/20170605-saudi…
2017 JUN 5
For the first time in history, a Saudi journalist is interviewed on Israeli TV & says: ‘There is no place for Hamas in the Middle East’ middleeastmonitor.com/20170606-saudi…
2017 JUN 6
Saudi Arabia’s FM, Adel Al-Jubeir, says Qatar must end its support for Hamas & Muslim Brotherhood to restore ties w/ other Arab states middleeastmonitor.com/20170607-saudi…
2017 JUN 7
WSJ reports that Trump Internat'l Hotel DC received nearly $270k as part of the Saudi govt’s pmts to lobby groups working to further Riyadh’s interests in
US middleeastmonitor.com/20170607-saudi…

Qatar begins using Somali airspace after SA & other ME countries ban Qatar Airways
2017 JUN 7
The Muslim Brotherhood and Hamas both reject claims by Saudi Arabia that they are ‘terrorist organizations’
Muslim Brotherhood: middleeastmonitor.com/20170607-musli…
Hamas: middleeastmonitor.com/20170607-hamas…
2017 JUN 9
Saudi Arabia, UAE, Bahrain & Egypt release a list of people & orgs with alleged links to Qatar & designate them as ‘terrorists’, including Muslim Brotherhood spiritual leader Yousef Al-Qaradawi
middleeastmonitor.com/20170609-saudi…
2017 JUN 9
The Saudi-backed Muslim World League announces the suspension of Sheikh Yousef Al-Qaradawi’s membership in its Islamic Fiqh Academy
middleeastmonitor.com/20170609-musli…

SA threatens hotels and tourism centers with $27K fines if they air Al Jazeera
middleeastmonitor.com/20170609-27000…
2017 JUN 12
Somali President, Mohammed Abdullah Farmajo, refuses $80M offered to him by Saudi Arabia to partake in the boycott of Qatar
middleeastmonitor.com/20170614-timel…
middleeastmonitor.com/20170612-somal…
2017 JUN 16
Saudi Arabia, UAE & Bahrain affirm that their recent moves to diplomatically isolate Qatar are within their rights to protect their ‘national security’ middleeastmonitor.com/20170617-saudi…
2017 JUN 19
State-run Qatar News Agency hires UK-based firm Carter-Ruck to file official complaint w Ofcom, UK’s broadcasting regulator, against Saudi-owned Al Arabiya news & Sky News Arabia for ‘violating impartiality code & accuracy in news’ sourcing’ middleeastmonitor.com/20170620-qatar…
2017 JUN 20
US says it is ‘mystified’ by the actions of Saudi Arabia & the UAE against Qatar as no demands have yet been made middleeastmonitor.com/20170623-saudi…
2017 JUN 21
MBS is promoted to crown prince, replacing his cousin in a sudden announcement that confirms King Salman’s 31-year-old son as next ruler of the Kingdom middleeastmonitor.com/20170621-saudi…
2017 JUN 22
List of 13 demands are handed to Qatar in order for the boycott to end & negotiations to begin.
Including:
▪shutting down Al Jazeera and a number of other news sites
▪handing over members of the Muslim Brotherhood middleeastmonitor.com/20170614-timel…
2017 JUN 23
Qatar says demands made by Saudi and the UAE to end the Gulf rift are not realistic and are ‘unacceptable’ middleeastmonitor.com/20170623-saudi…

2017 JUN 25
Turkey says demands by SA +3 other nations are ‘an attack to Qatar’s sovereignty right’
middleeastmonitor.com/20170625-turke…
2017 JUN 27
Corker, GOP Chairman of the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee said he would block arms sales to Saudi Arabia, UAE and other members of the GCC pending progress in resolving a simmering dispute with Qatar
middleeastmonitor.com/20170627-us-re…
2017 JUN 28
Kuwait bans religious leaders which were included on a list of terrorists – as designated by Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Egypt – from entering its territory
middleeastmonitor.com/20170628-figur…
2017 JUN 28
A Saudi official denies a NYT report that Prince Mohammed Bin Nayef has been confined to his palace and barred from travelling after he was replaced by MBS as next in line to the throne. nytimes.com/2017/06/28/wor…
2017 JUL 3
Saudi Arabia and its allies give Qatar a further 48 hours to respond to their demands middleeastmonitor.com/20170703-saudi…
2017 JUL 4
Kuwaiti sources reveal Qatar’s response to the list of demands saying Doha agrees to reduce its relations with Iran ‘if all the Gulf countries commit to doing so’ middleeastmonitor.com/20170704-kuwai…
2017 JUL 9
News reports reveal that Saudi Arabia tried to pressure Iraq to join the boycott of Qatar middleeastmonitor.com/20170710-saudi…

2017 JUL 10
SA allows the Qatari officials who used to serve in the GCC’s Secretariat General to return to the Kingdom middleeastmonitor.com/20170710-saudi…
2017 JUL 17
Qatar felt ‘obliged’ to join Saudi-led coalition in Yemen, but its troops only patrolled Saudi-Yemen borders & did not partake in any strikes in Yemen middleeastmonitor.com/20170719-qatar…
2017 JUL 20
Gulf boycott countries abandon their 13 demands in favor of 6 principles to end crisis w/Qatar middleeastmonitor.com/20170720-gulf-…
2017 JUL 25
Saudi Arabia pays $138k for anti-Qatar adverts to be aired in the US in an attempt to alter public opinion middleeastmonitor.com/20170725-saudi…

2017 JUL 31
Head of Iraq’s Shia Sadrist Mvmt, Moqtada Al-Sadr, visits SA for the first time in 11 years middleeastmonitor.com/20170731-iraqi…
2017 JUL 31
Qatar files a wide-ranging legal complaint at the WTO to challenge a trade boycott by SA, Bahrain & UAE.
reuters.com/article/us-gul…

2017 AUG 16
SA state TV sparks outrage after producing video saying it can ‘shoot down Qatari passenger flights’
middleeastmonitor.com/20170816-state…
2017 AUG 17
▪Saudi Arabia to open Salwa border point to Qatari pilgrims for Hajj
▪GCC cancel Gulf volleyball championship as they were to be hosted by Qatar middleeastmonitor.com/20170817-saudi…
2017 AUG 17
Saudi Arabia’s King Salman offers to host Qatari pilgrims at his expense middleeastmonitor.com/20170817-saudi…
2017 AUG 20
Kushner, Powell & Greenblatt leave for Middle east tour - Departure unannounced
businessinsider.com/jared-kushner-…

WH said early Aug trip part of regional tour incl meetings w leaders from the UAE, Qatar, Jordan, Egypt, Israel, Palestinian Authority.
Tues AUG 22 Kushner/MBS in Jeddah
Tues AUG 22: Kushner/King Abdullah in Jordan
Wed AUG 23: Kushner/el-Sisi in Cairo
Thurs AUG 24: Kushner/Palestinian Pres Abbas in Ramallah, West Bank
Thurs AUG 24: Kushner/Netanyahu in Tel Aviv

reuters.com/article/us-sau…
2017 AUG 22
Qatar slams Saudi as despite granting Qatari pilgrims the rite of Hajj, they are only permitted to use Saudi airlines
middleeastmonitor.com/20170822-qatar…
2017 SEPT 4
Saudi Arabia’s Rotana record company releases a song called ‘Teach Qatar’, a collaboration between a number of high profile Saudi artists and those who live in the country (which backfires hilariously)
alaraby.co.uk/english/amp/bl…
2017 SEPT 11
Prominent Saudi religious leader Sheikh Salman Al-Ouda becomes the second cleric to be arrested by Saudi authorities after Awad Al-Qarni is held. No reason is given for the arrested and neither is charged
middleeastmonitor.com/20170911-socia…
2017 SEPT 18 - Khashoggi column:
Saudi Arabia wasn’t always this repressive. Now it’s unbearable.
washingtonpost.com/news/global-op…
2017 SEPT 18
Al Jazeera Media Network’s denounced Snapchat’s decision to pull the plug on its channel at the request of the SA govt. The ‘alarming’ move sent a msg that countries could silence dissenting views by pressuring social media... middleeastmonitor.com/20170918-al-ja…
2017 SEPT 26
Women in Saudi Arabia will legally be allowed to obtain driving licenses from June 2018, following a decree issued by King Salman middleeastmonitor.com/20170926-saudi…
2017 OCT 3
Somalia receives $50 million in new aid from Saudi Arabia middleeastmonitor.com/20171003-somal…
2017 OCT 24
MBS vows to eradicate Wahabism in the Kingdom and encourage ‘moderate Islam’ middleeastmonitor.com/20171025-saudi…
2017 OCT 25-28
Kushner, Powell & Greenblatt - unannounced trip to Saudi Arabia.
Wed OCT 25 - Left via commercial flight
Sat, OCT 28 - Arrived back in US
Unannounced trip to Riyadh caught some IC officials off guard.
politico.com/story/2017/10/…
washingtonpost.com/politics/how-j…
2017 OCT 25-28
“[MBS & Kushner] are said to have stayed up until nearly 4 a.m. several nights, swapping stories & planning strategy,” WaPo/ David Ignatius. washingtonpost.com/opinions/globa…
2017 OCT 25-28
MBS told confidants that Kushner discussed the names of Saudis disloyal to the crown prince.

MBS bragged to the Emirati crown prince and others that Kushner was “in his pocket,”
cnn.com/2018/03/22/pol…
2017 OCT 28
Saudi Arabia launches a $500B mega-city to encompass 50 islands on the Red Sea called NEOM which it hopes will be a tourism hub middleeastmonitor.com/20171028-new-s…
2017 OCT 31 - KHASHOGGI Column:
Saudi Arabia’s crown prince wants to ‘crush extremists.’ But he’s punishing the wrong people.
washingtonpost.com/news/global-op…
2017 NOV 4
A royal decree is issued calling for the formation of an ‘anti-corruption committee’ headed by MBS. The new body has the power to seize assets of suspects at home and abroad before the results of its investigations are known. middleeastmonitor.com/20171104-saudi…
2017 NOV 4
Head of the National Guard, Prince Miteb Bin Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz, and Minister of Economy and Planning, Adel Bin Mohammed Fakeih, are both sacked as part of a Cabinet reshuffle to give more power to MBS.
middleeastmonitor.com/20171105-saudi…
2017 NOV 4
11 Princes and 4 current ministers scores of officials are arrested as part of the new ‘anti-corruption’ drive; they include internatl investor Prince Al-Waleed Bin Talal who is worth nearly $17B (Forbes)
middleeastmonitor.com/20171105-saudi…
SIDENOTE: Prince Al-Waleed Bin Talal (arrested in MBS crackdown)

1991-Trump, almost bankrupt, sold 282ft yacht for $20M (3rd less than he pd) to Prince Al-Waleed Bin Talal

1995-Trump sold NYC Plaza Hotel to Alwaleed +Singaporean investors for $325M.

businessinsider.com/trump-has-deep…
2017 NOV 4
During a trip to Saudi Arabia, Lebanon’s Prime Minister Saad Hariri resigns citing an assassination attempt against him and accusing Iran and its Lebanese ally Hezbollah of sowing strife in the Arab world middleeastmonitor.com/20171104-leban…
2017 NOV 5 - KHASHOGGI Column:
Saudi Arabia’s crown prince is acting like Putin washingtonpost.com/news/global-op…
2017 NOV 5
Saudi Arabia denies that the princes and former ministers who were arrested are receiving special treatment because of their titles as news emerges that they are being held at the five star Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Riyadh middleeastmonitor.com/20171106-saudi…
2017 NOV 5
Deputy Gov of Saudi Arabia’s southern Asir province, Prince Mansour Bin Muqrin, & 7 others incl senior govt officials & a mayor are killed in a helicopter crash near Yemen.
The Prince is said to be a critic of MBS's leadership
middleeastmonitor.com/20171106-saudi…
2017 NOV 6
News is released that a no-fly list has been drawn up and security forces in some Saudi airports were barring owners of private jets from taking off without a permit
middleeastmonitor.com/20171106-saudi…
2017 NOV 7
The UAE releases a song called ‘Tell Qatar’, a collaboration between a number of high profile Emirati artists & others in an attempt to convey warning.
It blew up on Twitter, with plenty of sarcastic reactions from Qatar's side.
egypttoday.com/Article/1/3149…“Tell-Qatar”-song
2017 NOV 7
Sources reveal that helicopter carrying Saudi Prince Mansour Bin Muqrin & 7 others was deliberately targeted by state forces because it is believed Bin Muqrin opposed MBS' succession to the throne
middleeastmonitor.com/20171108-sourc…
2017 NOV 7
Saudi Arabian banks freeze more than 1,200 accounts belonging to individuals and companies in the Kingdom middleeastmonitor.com/20171107-saudi…
2017 NOV 7
The WSJ reports that Saudi Arabia’s ‘anti-corruption’ crackdown may see the govt seize up to $800 billion in cash and assets wsj.com/articles/saudi…
2017 NOV 7
Saudi 'whistleblower' Mujtahidd alleges that a boat linked to Trump's organization was filled with $1 Billion in cash as a personal gift from MBS
middleeasteye.net/news/bin-salma…
2017 NOV 7
Unrolled thread by Saudi 'whistleblower' Mujtahidd re: Trump/MBS Boat/Bribe
threadreaderapp.com/thread/9276340…
2017 NOV 7
Yemen’s Houthi armed group offer asylum to anyone affected by Saudi Arabia’s ‘anti-corruption’ campaign. ‘We are ready to offer sanctuary to any member of Al Saud family or any national that wants to flee oppression and persecution,’ middleeastmonitor.com/20171108-y
2017 NOV 7
SA bans Yemeni Pres Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi, 2 sons, ministers & mil personnel from returning to Aden due to ‘bitter hostility between Hadi & UAE’ which setup the Southern Transitional Council in the south of Yemen in opposition to Hadi’s rule middleeastmonitor.com/20171108-saudi…
2017 NOV 13 - Khashoggi column:
Saudi Arabia is creating a total mess in Lebanon
MBS’s rash actions are deepening tensions and undermining the security of the Gulf states and the region as a whole.
washingtonpost.com/news/global-op…
2017 NOV 23
Reports that US mercenaries are being used to ‘torture’ the detained princes in the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Riyadh (one of whom is Prince Al-Waleed Bin Talal who bailed Trump out of bankruptcy in the 90s twice) middleeastmonitor.com/20171123-us-me…
2017 NOV 29
Saudi Prince Miteb Bin Abdullah, who was head of the elite National Guard, was freed after reaching an ‘acceptable settlement agreement’ with authorities paying more than $1Billion
middleeastmonitor.com/20171129-saudi…
2017 DEC 5
Saudi announces that it has completed the first phase in its ‘anti-corruption’ drive, Minister of Commerce and Investment Majid Al-Qasabi says middleeastmonitor.com/20171206-saudi…
2017 DEC 5 - Khashoggi Column:
With Ali Abdullah Saleh’s death, Saudi Arabia is paying the price for betraying the Arab Spring
washingtonpost.com/news/global-op…
2017 DEC 13
Studies are being undertaken to decide if the UAE and Saudi Arabia should launch a single digital currency middleeastmonitor.com/20171213-uae-s…
2018 JAN 3 - Khashoggi column:
Why Saudi Arabia’s crown prince should be worried about Iran’s protests washingtonpost.com/news/global-op…
2018 JAN 7
Saudi authorities have imposed a travel ban on 17 members of prominent cleric Salman Al-Ouda’s immediate family middleeastmonitor.com/20180108-hrw-s…
2018 JAN 8
11 more princes are arrested after gathering to object to new rules that would demand royals pay for electricity and water middleeastmonitor.com/20180108-twitt…
2018 JAN 8
Saudi authorities transferred the remaining detainees being held in the Ritz-Carlton hotel to the maximum security Al-Ha’ir prison, include Prince Al-Waleed Bin Talal (who bought a yacht and a hotel from Trump in the 1990's)

middleeastmonitor.com/20180109-saudi…
2018 JAN 9
The Yemen Army shuts the office of Al Jazeera in besieged Taiz middleeastmonitor.com/20180110-al-ja…
2018 JAN 9
Saudi Prince Abdullah Bin Saud Al-Saud was relieved of his post as president of the Saudi Arabia Marine Sports Federation after releasing an audio recording in which he contradicted the authorities’ reasons for arresting 11 princes middleeastmonitor.com/20180111-saudi…
2018 JAN 13
Saudi Binladin Group announces that a number of its partners might concede their shares to the government as part of a financial reconciliation package middleeastmonitor.com/20180115-binla…
2018 JAN 29
Saudi Arabia’s Waleed Al-Ibrahim will keep his 40% mgmt stake in regional tv broadcaster MBC after his release from detention in SA 'corruption probe’, a senior MBC exec says middleeastmonitor.com/20180129-saudi…
2018 JAN 29
Saudi authorities have released renowned businessman Saleh Kamel while Mohammed Al-Amoudi has refused to hand over his assets. Authorities then arrested some of his relatives middleeastmonitor.com/20180130-saudi…
2018 JAN 30
Saudi media sources confirm the release of all detainees held on corruption charges at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in the capital Riyadh.

The purge raised $106 Billion for MBS middleeastmonitor.com/20180131-saudi…
2018 FEB 8
Saudi Arabia’s government has acquired a 60% stake in media giant MBC Group a few days after the group’s founder and chairman of its Board of Directors Waleed Al-Ibrahim was released from the Ritz-Carlton Hotel middleeastmonitor.com/20180209-sourc…
2018 FEB 16
The Saudi owned Al Arabiya News Channel surrenders with immediate affect its UK broadcasting licence held with regulator Ofcom after Qatar said it was ‘violating impartiality code and accuracy in news sourcing’. middleeastmonitor.com/20180129-is-al…
2018 FEB 22
Saudi Arabia announces that it is to invest $64 billion in its entertainment sector over the coming decade middleeastmonitor.com/20180222-saudi…
2018 FEB 25
Saudi is to allow women to sign up for military service as part of far reaching changes to SA economy and labor distribution middleeastmonitor.com/20180226-saudi…
2018 FEB 26
Saudi authorities are preparing to auction billions of dollars of real estate and cars belonging to billionaire Maan Al-Sanea middleeastmonitor.com/20180227-repor…
2018 MAR 6
Forbes announces there are no Saudis on its Rich List this year following MBS purge on the Kingdom’s wealthiest businessmen and his subsequent takeover of their companies and personal wealth forbes.com/sites/kerryado…
2018 MAR 6
Air India has denied the claim by Netanyahu that Saudi Arabia has agreed to allow the carrier use its airspace for flights to Tel Aviv middleeastmonitor.com/20180307-air-i…
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