The key sectors which are expected to affect are roads network, transport, agriculture, tourism and welfare projects.
About 22 Iranians have been killed since December 28 when anti-government protests began in Iran’s northeastern city of Mashhad. TNIE takes a look at the current protests and antecedents.
Saudi Arabia royal handouts, issued to soften blow of austerity measures, will cost about USD 13 billion
On Saturday, King Salman ordered a monthly payment of 1,000 riyals to state employees over the year in compensation for the rising cost of living after Riyadh hiked gasoline prices and brought VAT.
The recent arrests come amid a string of government spending cuts as Saudi Arabia, the world's largest producer of oil, pushes to diversify its economy following the 2014 drop in global oil prices.
Despite demonstrators chanting provocative slogans against Iran's Islamic rulers, analysts say the roots of the current protests lie in the same anger at economic austerity.