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Starting a business in Saudi Arabia

Legal Forms of Companies

Sole Proprietorship
Number of partners: One single person.
Capital (max/min): No minimum capital required.
Shareholders and liability: The individual entrepreneur is liable for the company's debts with his personal possessions.
Limited Liability Company
Number of partners: Minimum one director and one shareholder
Capital (max/min): Minimum SAR 100,000.
Shareholders and liability: Liability is limited to the amount contributed.
Joint Stock Company
Number of partners: Minimum three directors and one shareholder
Capital (max/min): Minimum SAR 500,000.
Shareholders and liability: Liability is limited to the amount contributed.
Limited Partnership
Number of partners: Minimum one director and two partners
Capital (max/min): No minimum capital
Shareholders and liability: At least one partner must have an unlimited liability. Liability of other partners is limited to the amount contributed.
Setting Up a Company Saudi Arabia Middle East & North Africa
Procedures (number) 3.0 6.3
Time (days) 10.4 19.5

Source: Doing Business, 2016

 
Business Setup Procedures
Consult the Doing Business website, to know about procedures to start a Business in Saudi Arabia.
The Ministry of Commerce and Industry, for Business licenses.

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