International Companies Move Regional Headquarters to Saudi Arabia

  • Date: 30-Mar-2021
  • Source: Asharq AL-awsat
  • Sector:Economy
  • Country:Saudi Arabia
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International Companies Move Regional Headquarters to Saudi Arabia

As Saudi Arabia is seeking to encourage foreign companies to invest in the Kingdom, a survey conducted by Reuters showed that a number of international companies have already started moving their regional headquarters to the Saudi capital, while others have disclosed serious arrangements in this regard.

The Saudi government had informed foreign companies that as of 2024, they can only secure state contracts if they have local offices. The country has also launched economic and social reforms under its Vision 2030 plan to attract investment.

According to the Reuters poll, the US construction firm Bechtel said that it had established its regional headquarters in Riyadh to cover the six member states of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), while the US technology company, CSG, announced that it would move its regional office from Dubai to Riyadh, but it would not close the Dubai office.

Reuters also revealed that German auto supplier Robert Bosch had signed a memorandum of understanding to explore potential business in Saudi Arabia. The company has an office in the Kingdom and a presence elsewhere in the region, including the United Arab Emirates, a spokeswoman for the company was quoted by the agency as saying.

Indian hotel startup Oyo said it would