Investment Policy Measures

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Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia

09 Nov 2021

Allows non-Saudis to invest in real estate funds

On 9 November 2021, the Capital Market Authority (CMA) allowed financial market institutions to accept the subscriptions of non-Saudis in the real estate funds that invest in assets within the boundaries of Makkah and Madinah. This [...]

Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia

07 Sep 2021

Introduces screening of foreign investment in sensitive and strategic sectors

On 7 September 2021, the Council of Ministers released a Resolution on the establishment of a “Permanent Ministerial Committee for the Examination of Foreign Investment”. The Committee is tasked to identify on an ongoing basis sensitive [...]

Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia

09 Jun 2020

New mining law

On 9 June 2020, Saudi Arabia’s cabinet approved a new mining law that aims to accelerate foreign investment in the sector as part of efforts to diversify its economy away from hydrocarbons. The new law facilitates investor access to [...]

Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia

16 Apr 2020

Pharmaceutical Businesses Opening for Foreign Investment

On 15 April 2020, the Cabinet of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia issued a resolution approving the Pharmaceutical and Herbal Establishments and Substances Regulation. It liberalizes certain pharmaceutical businesses in Saudi Arabia. The [...]

Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia

31 Mar 2020

Listing of state assets planned for privatisation

On 31 March 2020, Saudi Arabia’s government approved the listing of government assets planned for privatisation on its stock market TADAWUL after an initial public offering. Assets, sectors and services planned for privatisation shall [...]

Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia

07 Oct 2019

Foreign Firms Can Now List on Saudi Exchange

On 7 October 2019, the Saudi Stock Exchange (Tadawul) announced allowing foreign companies to list on Tadawul upon the Capital Market Authority (CMA)'s approval of amended Listing Rules, including provisions related to foreign listing. [...]

Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia

26 Jun 2019

Relaxes Ownership Limits for Foreign Investors

On 26 June 2019, the “Instructions for Foreign Strategic Investors’ Ownership in Listed Companies” (the FSI Instructions) became effective. The FSI Instructions removed the existing limit on foreign ownership of a Saudi-listed company [...]

Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia

24 Apr 2019

SAGIA launched Venture Capital Platform

On 24 April, 2019, the Saudi Arabian General Investment Authority (SAGIA) has launched 'VENTURE by Invest Saudi', a new initiative aimed at attracting global venture capital firms to the Kingdom. Launched at the Financial Sector Conference [...]

Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia

23 Oct 2018

Foreign investment allowed in four more sectors

Four more sectors are now open to foreign investment in Saudi Arabia: (1) Recruitment and employment services, (2) Real estate brokerage, (3) Audiovisual and media services, and (4) Land transport services. The changes are effective [...]

Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia

26 Feb 2018

Extends foreign investment licensing period

On 26 February 2018, the General Investment Authority of Saudi Arabia extended the licensing period for foreign investors to five years - up from the current one year. The licensing period can also be renewed upon expiry of the five-year [...]

Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia

26 Oct 2017

Allows foreign investors to directly invest in Parallel Market

On 26 October 2017, the Capital Market Authority (CMA) Board issued its resolution allowing non-resident foreign investors to invest directly in the Parallel Market, starting from 1 January 2018. Foreign investors in the Parallel Market [...]

Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia

07 Aug 2017

Allows 100 per cent foreign ownership of engineering firms

On 7 August 2017, the Cabinet decided to allow foreign companies full ownership of engineering services companies and associated consultancy, provided that the company is at least ten years old and operates in at least four countries. [...]

Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia

09 Jun 2017

Introduces the Implementing Regulations of the Arbitration Law

On 9 June 2017, Saudi Arabia's Implementing Regulations of the 2012 Arbitration Law entered into force. The new regulations clarify many of the Arbitration Law's provisions such as 'Competent court' and 'Intervention and Joinder'. [...]

Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia

14 Jun 2016

Saudi Arabia allowed 100 per cent foreign ownership in wholesale and retail trade sector

On 14 June 2016, Saudi Arabia increased the ceiling for foreign investment in wholesale and retail trade sector from 75 per cent to 100 per cent. However, some terms and conditions will apply. For example, foreign firms will have to [...]

Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia

17 Feb 2016

Saudi Arabia eased licensing procedures for foreign investors

The Saudi Arabian General Investment Authority (SAGIA) has simplified licensing procedures for foreign investors. It expedited procedures by reducing the number of documents required for new licenses to only three and states that the [...]

Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia

15 Jun 2015

Government opens the stock market, known as the Tadawul, to foreign investors

On 15 June 2015, Saudi Arabia opened its stock market, known as the Tadawul, for foreign investors. Restrictions apply, however: Only Qualified Foreign Investors (QFI) can participate in the market (Art.1 and Art. 5); QFI’s need to [...]

Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia

16 Apr 2012

Adopts arbitration law

Saudi Arabia adopted Royal Decree No. M/34 on arbitration, which allows the use of international dispute settle mechanisms if the dispute involves foreign investors. [...]

Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia

30 May 2011

Amendments to Law on Real Estate Ownership and Investment by Non-Saudis

Saudi Arabia has eased the Law on Real Estate Ownership and Investment by Non-Saudis, issued by Royal Decree No. (M/15), to allow foreign residents to purchase and own property in the Kingdom. [...]

Number of policy measures per economy (since 01 Jan 2010) 1 87