Strategic advantages

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia's significant strategic advantages make it a compelling location for long-term investment.

Statistics show that investors are already taking note: Saudi Arabia has become Middle East-North Africa's (MENA) top destination for foreign investment, while in 2009, Saudi Arabia attracted $35.5 billion of foreign investment, producing a cumulative stock of $147.1 billion.

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Saudi Arabia offers companies and investors many advantages, including:

  • Plentiful, readily available natural resources, raw materials and energy needed for manufacturing and industrial development (contrasting with the shortages and rising prices found in many other countries)
  • A welcoming home and efficient springboard for energy-intensive industries such as minerals and metal processing, automotive production, and plastics and packaging
  • A thriving, fast-growing industrial sector (the largest in MENA and 14th largest globally)
  • The largest economy and market in MENA, and 23rd largest in the world
  • A strategic location at the crossroads of Europe, Africa and Asia
  • Easy access to Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), Greater Arab Free Trade Area (GAFTA) and other MENA markets
  • A pro-inward investment, pro-trade, business friendly, open and progressive economic and political environment

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