Saudi Arabia

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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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Why Saudi Arabia?

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

KSA Company Setup & Registration

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

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.

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). Registration through MISA 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 principal business entities in the Kingdom include Limited Liability Company (LCC), Joint Stock Company (JSC) and Branch of a foreign entity. However, 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.

MISA recognises the following legal entities:

5 KSA Entity Types

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.

Limited Liability Co (LLC) - 100% foreign ownership permissible through MISA

A limited liability company (LLC) is popular among foreign investors into Saudi Arabia (KSA), individual personal liability for each shareholder is limited to their contribution to the share capital.

A LLC is one of the most common forms of legal entity opted for by foreign investors when making market entry to the Kingdom and is well regarded and widely used.

The Ministry of Investment of Saudi Arabia (MISA) offers foreign ownership of a company in the KSA without a local partner and minimal government restriction. MISA registration/license is required for a business to establish with 100% foreign ownership in Saudi Arabia. Read more

Limited liability One-Person Company

It is now possible to setup a Single Shareholder Limited Liability Company in Saudi Arabia (KSA) – meaning that a limited liability company (LLC) can be formed by a single shareholder who holds 100% of the shares, has the rights and powers of the General Manager, Board of Directors and Shareholders General Assembly. This also means that the liability of the company lies with the individual shareholder, limited to their contribution to the share capital – assuming their intentions and practices are appropriate. Read more

Joint Stock Company in KSA

A Joint Stock Company (JSC) is likely the most regulated company type in Saudi Arabia (KSA). Through regulatory requirements for incorporation and the degree of control/involvement of the Ministry of Commerce and Industry (MOCI). The liability of a JSC lies with each shareholder, limited to their contribution to the share capital. Read more

Foreign company branch set up in KSA

These branches are considered to be an extension of their parent company. Branches can be established relatively quickly in comparison to LLCs and JSCs.

A branch can be permitted by MISA licensing to perform a full range of activities. The branch can engage in both public and private sector projects and can promote/solicit its MISA licensed activity throughout the Kingdom. Otherwise, branches are not allowed to conduct promotion, marketing or trading activity. Read more

Solidarity professional company / Sole Establishment in KSA

A sole establishment/proprietorship in Saudi Arabia (KSA) is referred to as an establishment.

This company type is suitable for small businesses. An establishment has an individual/sole trader, who has unlimited personal liability for the business and the licence is issued in their name – a company or corporate body cannot own the business. The sole proprietorship is not a legal entity and refers to the business owner who is personally liable. Read more

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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.

Business Support Services

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

PRO Services in Saudi Arabia

  • Resident Visas (Iqama) – new visas, renewals, cancellations
  • Work permits and Labour Quota applications
  • Immigration support – onboarding in KSA

    Company Support Services in Saudi Arabia

    • Licence renewals and Regulatory Approval assistance
    • Company secretarial services
    • Corporate governance
    • Foreign and local document notarisation, attestation, and translation services
    • Trademark registration service
    • Payroll, Tax, accounting, and audit services
    • VAT registration & filing assistance
    • Office set up and support and business centre liaison assistance
    • Legal documentation support and advice
    • HR Services – with admin support and consultancy
    • General Manager representation (Subject to T&C’s)
    • Bank Account opening support
    • Legal Translation services (English to/from Arabic)
    • Compliance Services – KYC, AML, and client screening assistance

    Other Services

    • Residency and Citizenship by Investment
    • Golden Visas UAE
    • End of Service Benefit planning
    • End of Service gratuity planning
    • Wealth Management
    • UK Inheritance Tax (IHT) planning

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