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The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Country Profile

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Country Profile

Strategically located at the crossroads of three continents - Asia, Africa and Europe, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (The KSA) is the world’s most important commercial, trading and religious hubs.

The country’s demographic profile is young, with a median age of 􂀀 years. It is one of the most populated country amongst the GCC countries, comprising 􂀀% of the region’s population.

The KSA has the largest economy in the Arab world and the second-largest economy in the Middle East and North Africa region, after Turkey. The average growth is expected to remain stable at 􂀀% from 2015 to 2019.

The diversification of the economy away from petroleum sector has further resulted in the increased contribution of non-oil sectors like manufacturing, agriculture, financial services, and tourism to the overall GDP.

The KSA government has initiated many structural reform measures designed to encourage privatisation, liberalise foreign trade, and reform investment regimes. Education and skills development have been other major focus areas for the government.

About this report

A country profile is an instant guide to the political, economic, demographic, industrial, and business environment of a market. The report provides a range of quantitative and qualitative information on a variety of national aspects including geography, economy, education, demography, labor, political climate, infrastructure, industry, tax, trade, investment, and ease of doing business. It also provides a PESTLE analysis of a country's business climate. The country profile can be an effective tool for businesses in their marketing, strategy, and planning exercises when studying the future prospects of an economy.


  • Executive Summary
  • General Overview
    • General Overview - Geography
    • General Overview - Climate
  • Demographic Trends
    • Demographic Trends - Population and its Structure
    • Demographic Trends - Select Indicators
      • Table Demographic Trends- Select Indicators, the KSA, 2010-2015
    • Demographic Trends - Working Population
    • Demographic Trends - Labour Market
    • Demographic Trends - Workforce Regulations
  • Political Overview
    • Political Overview - Domestic Scene
    • Political Overview - International Scene
  • Economic Scenario
    • Economic Scenario - The Constituents of the Economy
    • Economic Scenario - Select Indicators
      • Table Economic Scenario, the KSA, 2014-2020
    • Economic Scenario - Money and Banking
    • Economic Scenario - Financial Support for Industry
  • PESTLE Analysis
    • PESTLE Analysis - An Overview
    • PESTLE Analysis - Key Factors
  • Infrastructure
    • Infrastructure - Select Indicators
      • Table Infrastructure, the KSA, 2011-2015
    • Infrastructure - Natural Resources
      • Table Natural Resources, the KSA, 2014
  • Industry
    • Industry - Select Indicators
      • Table Select Indicators, the KSA, 2010-2015
    • Industry - Structure
    • Industry - Shareholder Rights
    • Industry - Supportive Actions and Policies
    • Industry - Industrial Cluster Development
  • Trade and Investment
    • Trade and Investment Environment
    • Trade and Investment Environment - Trade Agreements
  • Ease of Doing Business
    • Ease of Doing Business - A Snapshot
    • Ease of Doing Business - Setting up Business
    • Ease of Doing Business - Starting a Business and Permits
    • Ease of Doing Business - Electricity, Property and Credit
    • Ease of Doing Business - Investors and Contracts
    • Ease of Doing Business - Taxes and Trading Across Border
    • Ease of Doing Business - Resolving Insolvency
  • Tax Environment
    • Tax Environment - Income tax
    • Tax Environment - Property tax, VAT, Import duty
    • Trade Environment - Custom Tariffs

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