Tom Arnold

Jeff Mason is a White House Correspondent for Reuters and the 2016-2017 president of the White House Correspondents’ Association. He was the lead Reuters correspondent for President Barack Obama's 2012 campaign and interviewed the president at the White House in 2015. Jeff has been based in Washington since 2008, when he covered the historic race between Obama, Hillary Clinton and John McCain. Jeff started his career in Frankfurt, Germany, where he covered the airline industry before moving to Brussels, Belgium, where he covered the European Union. He is a Colorado native, proud graduate of Northwestern University and former Fulbright scholar.

Twitter handle: @jeffmason1

11 Dec 2017

Exclusive: Detained Saudi billionaire al-Sanea seeks to end debt dispute

DUBAI A detained Saudi billionaire who led the collapsed Saad Group is seeking to repay part of a multi-billion dollar debt to creditors under a deal that could allow his release, people familiar with the matter told Reuters.

06 Dec 2017

UAE must do more on transparency to get off tax blacklist: EU envoy

DUBAI The United Arab Emirates will have to do more to address the European Union's concerns about tax transparency if it is to be removed from a tax-haven blacklist, the EU's ambassador to the UAE said on Wednesday.

02 Dec 2017

Sale of the century? $300-billion Saudi state sell-off moves slowly

DUBAI/RIYADH Saudi Arabia's $300-billion privatization program was billed as the sale of the century when Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman unveiled his plan to great fanfare. Nineteen months later, it is moving at a snail's pace, bankers, investors and analysts familiar with the process say.

28 Nov 2017

Saudi's SABIC to spend $3-$10 billion in acquisitions over next five yrs

DUBAI Petrochemical producer Saudi Basic Industries Corp (SABIC) plans to spend between $3 and $10 billion on acquisitions over the next five years in specialties and agri-nutrients, chief executive Yousef al-Benyan said on Tuesday.

23 Nov 2017

Qatar National Bank's link-up to Saudi payment network delayed: sources

DUBAI Qatar National Bank (QNB), the largest bank in the Middle East and Africa, has put on hold plans to connect to Saudi Arabia's interbank payment network, as a regional political rift disrupts its growth plans in the kingdom, sources familiar with the matter said.

23 Nov 2017

Exclusive: SAP investigating its sales practices in Gulf region

DUBAI/LONDON German business software giant SAP , which last month said its South African sales commissions were being probed by U.S. regulators, has launched an investigation into its business practices in the Gulf region, it said on Wednesday.

22 Nov 2017

Exclusive: SAP says executive resigns amid Gulf region sales probe

DUBAI/LONDON SAP is investigating sales practices in its Gulf region after executives in charge of its dealings in the region resigned or been put on administrative leave, the German business software giant said on Wednesday.

22 Nov 2017

UAE's Bank of Sharjah and Invest Bank in merger talks: sources

DUBAI/ABU DHABI Bank of Sharjah and Invest Bank are in merger talks that could create an institution with about 50.6 billion dirhams ($13.8 billion) of assets, sources familiar with the matter told Reuters.

22 Nov 2017

Emaar Development, Dubai's first big IPO since 2014, falls on debut

DUBAI Shares in Dubai real estate firm Emaar Development fell on their debut on Wednesday in the emirate's first major listing since 2014, reflecting sluggish Dubai property prices and geopolitical jitters.

21 Nov 2017

Exclusive: Selling Saudi Arabia's grain mills proves a grind for investors

DUBAI An unwieldy sale process and onerous ownership rules are discouraging some potential investors from bidding for Saudi Arabia's state-owned grain mills, sources close to the firms say, in a potential snag for the kingdom's economic reforms.


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