The Doing Business in Saudi Arabia Guide has been produced by the Institute of Export in partnership with AEI to provide you with a manual of the best practices to tackle the Saudi market. For more information and a link to the online guide itself please see below.

The ‘Doing Business in Saudi Arabia Guide’ website is now live and the hard-copy brochures are currently being distributed.

27th February 2019 – The ‘Doing Business in Saudi Arabia Guide’ is now officially live and can be accessed via:

The main objective of this Doing Business in Saudi Arabia Guide is to provide you with basic knowledge about Saudi Arabia; an overview of its economy, business culture, potential opportunities and to identify the main issues associated with initial research, market entry, risk management and cultural and language issues. We do not pretend to provide all the answers in the guide, but novice exporters in particular will find it a useful starting point. Further assistance is available from the Department for International Trade (DIT) team in Saudi Arabia. Full contact details are available in the guide.

To help your business succeed in Saudi Arabia we have carefully selected a variety of essential service providers as ‘Market Experts’; Al Alamlya Insurance, Arabian Enterprise Incubators, BAE Systems plc, British International School Al Khobar, DHL Saudi Arabia, Dudley College, EMA Partners Saudi Arabia, Innovation-sa, Mott MacDonald Limited, Norton Rose Fulbright LLP, OMD ARABIA on behalf of SABB, Saudia Airlines, Servcorp, STC / UM-MENA (RUH).

The guide has been produced by International Market Advisor, in partnership with the Institute of Export & International Trade, and with support from the British Embassy Riyadh, the Saudi British Joint Business Council (SBJBC), and the Saudi British Society.

Five things to know about exporting to Saudi Arabia:

  • The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is one of the largest economies in the Middle East with a population of over 32 million and GDP per capita around US $21,000.
  • The Kingdom possesses around 25% of the world’s oil reserves, and plays a leading role in Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC).
  • Saudi Arabia has had a period of relatively high growth and economic progress over the past few years. It is predicted to grow by at least 3% for the next couple of years.
  • The UK has a strong historic relationship with Saudi Arabia. The Kingdom is the UK’s largest trading partner in the Middle East.
  • As Saudi Arabia attempts to diversify its economy, there will be opportunities in construction, transport infrastructure, project management, financial services, health and education


Contact: Craig Smith – Project Director
Email: [email protected] / Tel: +44 (0)1298 79562

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