Saudi Arabia

All companies internationally and across the GCC are looking at business set up in Saudi Arabia. Saudi Arabia is the largest market in the GCC and presents massive opportunities for foreign investors for business set up.

About Saudi Arabia

PRO Partner Group operates in Saudi Arabia as Sovereign PRO Partner Group (Sovereign PPG) and provides a wide range of business services to foreign clients, designed to assist them to enter and thrive in the Saudi market.

Based in Riyadh, Sovereign PPG offers expertise, efficiency and transparency to international businesses and investors seeking to set up in Saudi Arabia. From establishing your company, to obtaining your visas, as well as providing the essential ongoing support services, we strive to provide high quality, innovative and cost-effective services to our clients to ensure their commercial success in the Kingdom.

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KSA COMPANY SETUP & REGISTRATION

Sovereign PPG provides professional consultancy and step-by-step guidance on the incorporation process in Saudi Arabia. Ensuring good corporate governance from the outset and providing advice on the common pitfalls to be avoided when registering a company in Saudi Arabia.

The main steps to consider are primary and secondary registrations, residency (Iqama) for the General Manager, authorisation to hire employees and bank account opening. We can support with the entire process including the initial legalisation and attestation of the required documents at the Saudi Embassy in the foreign investor’s country, right through to the issuance of the Commercial Registration and entity portal registrations in-Kingdom.

WHY INCORPORATE IN SAUDI ARABIA WITH US?

Our physical presence in the Kingdom, together with our strong regional presence across the Gulf region – in Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Bahrain, Doha and Muscat – and our global office network spanning Europe, Asia and Africa, has enabled us to assist businesses from five continents to set up and deliver on their commercial plans in the Saudi market.

WHY SET UP IN KSA?

Apart from the obvious advantages of the Kingdom’s geographical location and its easy access to Africa, Asia, and Europe, there is a lot of effort being made by the Saudi government to drive business to the Kingdom. The Saudi Arabian government launched the Vision 2030 initiative in 2016 to improve the Kingdom’s investment climate, attract increased foreign investment, and encourage greater domestic and international private sector participation in its economy. The Kingdom is outlining some key business incentives and opportunities to attract investors. The Vision 2030 initiative is seeking to increase private sector's contribution from 40% to 65% of GDP.

Key Benefits:

  • Tax incentives offered to underdeveloped provinces in the Kingdom
  • Rights to buy property and allow ventures to sponsor their own employees
  • There is minimal income tax, and provide for VAT and custom duty exemptions

Saudi Arabia is the largest economy in the Gulf region and is becoming an increasing viable destination for foreign investors and companies to expand into to take advantage of the growing Saudi market.

Recent regulatory changes in the Kingdom have also significantly increased the attractiveness for companies to set up - allowing 100% foreign ownership through the Ministry of Investment of Saudi Arabia (MISA) platform.

This process, however, can be arduous and time consuming and using a Corporate Service Provider based in the Kingdom that can oversee the formation from initial registration to full operation will save time and money whilst the business concentrates on its expansion objectives and strategy. PRO Partner Group have their own on the ground PRO and Operations support service team to assist with all critical government registrations and industry sector specific regulatory approvals and well versed to assist fully in the KSA company formation process.

WHAT ARE THE COMPANY TYPES POSSIBLE IN SAUDI ARABIA?

Commercial registration (and supporting licences) is issued by the Ministry of Investment Saudi Arabia (MISA) and the Ministry of Commerce (MoC). MISA, which was formerly Saudi Arabian General Investment Authority (SAGIA), facilitates investment opportunities for foreign and local businesses and individuals in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. As MISA is the registration authority, business licenses in Saudi Arabia can often be referred to as a MISA license or a SAGIA license.

Registration through MISA (SAGIA) is the first step in setting up a business in Saudi Arabia. Essentially, MISA is the gateway to recognition and permission to operate in the Kingdom. MISA’s primary goal is to facilitate and encourage both foreign and local investment.

The most common is the Limited Liability Company (LLC) for which 100% Foreign Ownership is permissible through MISA.

It is the most popular form of legal entity and attracts the most interest and traction from foreign investors. Why? Because 100% Foreign Ownership is applicable from day one. This makes it appealing to foreign investors, benchmarked against other 100% Foreign Owned initiatives in the wider GCC region. However, some activities e.g. Engineering & Consultancy do require a Saudi National Shareholder to be active in the business and become a true 25% Shareholder.

COMPANY TYPES IN SAUDI ARABIA

The principal business entities in the Kingdom include Limited Liability Company (LLC), One Person Limited Liability Company (LLC), Sole Establishment, Joint Stock Company (JSC), Branch of a foreign entity and most recently, Regional Headquarters (RHQ) in KSA.

DOES SAUDI HAVE FREE ZONES / ECONOMIC ZONES?


Saudi Arabia is proactively reshaping its economic infrastructure through the introduction of five new Special Economic Zones (SEZs), strategically positioned across the country.

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CORPORATE SERVICES IN SAUDI ARABIA

Sovereign PPG offer a full range of corporate services in Saudi Arabia from incorporation, obtaining Iqama (residency visas) for the General Manager and employees and all on-going company maintenance requirements in KSA.

HOW CAN SOVEREIGN PPG ASSIST IN KSA?

Registering a company in Saudi Arabia can be particularly tricky to navigate, An initial free consultation with our KSA consultants will assist you in understanding the process of incorporation and information on the cost of opening and operating a company in Saudi Arabia. 

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BUSINESS SUPPORT SERVICES IN KSA

To accelerate development and facilitate investment, Sovereign PPG provides the essential ongoing support services to aid commercial success in the Kingdom.

Trademark Registration

Trademark Registration

Protect your company's rights with trademark registration. We can assist with renewal, modification, transfer of ownership etc

Company Secretarial Services

Company Secretarial Services

Maintenance of company records, document monitoring, filing annual accounts, arrange annual general meeting (AGM)

PRO Services

PRO Services

Work permits, labour quotas and all immigration support for investor, staff and family visas

Bank Account Opening Assistance

Bank Account Opening Assistance

Opening a corporate bank account is essential for maintaining accurate financial records and facilitating tax compliance

General Manager Services

General Manager Services

Acting as Interim General Manager for initial setup, whilst the Iqama (Residence visa) for the long-term GM is being issued in KSA

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Saudi Arabia FAQs
Is 100% ownership allowed?

Yes - Saudi Arabia has been promoting 100% foreign ownership for several years now. Licenses issued via MISA, for the majority of activities, enable investors to obtain a 100% foreign-owned company and generally speaking, a business can then operate form anywhere in the Kingdom. 

How can I obtain a business license in Saudi Arabia?

A Commercial Registration (and supporting Licenses) are issued by the Ministry of Investment Saudi Arabia (MISA) and the Ministry of Commerce (MoC). The most common form of legal status is a Limited Liability Company (LLC) for which 100% foreign ownership is permissible through MISA. For foreign investors, activity choices are available via The National Classification for the Economic Activities (ISIC4) and in most cases, a Saudi National shareholder is not required.

Can I present my documents in English in Saudi Arabia?

The official language of the Kingdom is Arabic, therefore all documents are required to be translated into Arabic by an official legal translator and thereafter submitted to the relevant Government authority. Sovereign PPG works with trusted legal translation partners to supply these documents.

Does Saudi Arabia have personal taxation?

Currently, there is no employment tax or personal income tax in Saudi Arabia.

Does Saudi offer a temporary work visa?

Yes. Saudi Arabia has introduced a short-term work visa called a temporary work visa. It is a multi-entry visa and grants foreign nationals the right to work in the Kingdom for 6 months from the date of entry and can be extended for an additional 6 months. The temporary work visa is valid for one year from issuance.

What are the costs associated with the process of business set up in Saudi Arabia?

The set up costs associated with setting up a company in Saudi Arabia will vary depending on the specific requirements of the company, specifically the activities that the company wishes to undertake in the Kingdom and any special approvals that may be required. Other cost considerations include, the number of employees and suitable commercial premises (physical office space) in a preferred location.

How can Sovereign PRO Partner Group (Sovereign PPG) assist?

For a detailed discussion on the requirements and timelines to set up a company in KSA please contact a member of the PRO Partner Group team in Saudi on +966 (0)50 759 8601 email us at ksa@propartnergroup.com. Alternatively, please complete the contact form below and we will be delighted to assist you.

What is SAGIA?

Saudi Arabian General Investment Authority (SAGIA) was the previous name for what is now Ministry of Investment Saudi Arabia (MISA), a government department which facilitates international investment opportunities and enables international businesses to expand to Saudi Arabia with the ability to be 100% foreign owned.

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