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Doing business in Saudi Arabia

Explore the key issues for doing business abroad, from setting up a business in Saudi Arabia to understanding the local business environment. Find guides and other resources to support your organisation's global growth.

Key data

Ease of Doing Business in Saudi Arabia
Summary of comprehensive annual data collated by the World Bank giving key indicators for business and economic conditions. Includes information on typical business procedures, showing time to complete and associated costs for each step.

Guides

Saudi Arabia company registration
Comprehensive guide produced by Healy Consultants explaining company structures and business entity types, fees and timelines for incorporation, accounting and tax in this jurisdiction and comparisons with other countries in the region.

Overseas Business Risk - Saudi Arabia
Report from the Foreign & Commonwealth Office looking at potential risks for UK businesses operating in this country. Includes economic and political risks, human rights issues, bribery and corruption, terrorism and security, commercial disputes, intellectual property and UK Trade & Investment contacts.

Saudi Arabian General Investment Authority
Information on doing business in Saudi Arabia, with a number of publications and useful documents available to download in the Investor Tools section of the site.

Doing Business in Saudi Arabia
Country guide from Baker Tilly International providing an overview of rules and regulations covering business entities and accounting, finance and investment, employment regulations and tax. Published in 2014.

Exporting

On our Exporting to Saudi Arabia page you can find export guides, trade forecasts and economic and political updates.

Corporate governance

European Corporate Governance Institute
The European Corporate Governance Institute (ECGI) aims to provide 'a forum for debate and dialogue between academics, legislators and practitioners, focusing on major corporate governance issues and thereby promoting best practice'. The ECGI website also provides a directory of national Corporate Governance Codes, Principles & Recommendations.

Law and regulation

Doing Business law library
World Bank
Collection of business laws and regulations from economies around the world, linking to official government sources. Topics include company law, labour, tax and trade.

Doing business in… Country Q&A tool
Useful tool from Practical Law that allows users to compare summaries of key legal issues across several jurisdictions, including this country. Summaries cover:

  • the legal system
  • foreign investment
  • business vehicles
  • employment
  • tax
  • competition
  • intellectual property
  • marketing agreements
  • e-commerce
  • data protection
  • product liability.

Forums and support networks

Council of Saudi Chambers of Commerce
To promote best practice, trade and investment.

Saudi Arabia Chambers of Commerce
List of chambers of commerce with addresses.

Arab-British Chamber of Commerce
To encourage best practice, trade and investment between Britain and the Arab nations.

Middle East Association
UK-based organisation promoting commercial engagement with the Middle East and North Africa.

Embassies and consulates

Publications

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Articles and books in the Library collection

To find out how you can borrow books from the Library please see our guide to book loans.

You can obtain copies of articles or extracts of books and reports by post, fax or email through our document supply service.

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