Saudi cabinet approves contracting rules for firms not based in Kingdom

The decision comes just days before the January 2024 deadline for companies to move their regional headquarters to the Kingdom or risk losing hundreds of billions of dollars in lucrative government contracts

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Saudi Arabia. Photo: File
Saudi Arabia. Photo: File

Published: Tue 26 Dec 2023, 10:18 PM

Saudi Arabia's cabinet on Tuesday announced its approval of contracting regulations for firms that do not have regional headquarters in the Kingdom, Saudi state news agency SPA reported.

The decision comes just days before Saudi Arabia's January 2024 deadline for companies to move their regional headquarters to the kingdom or risk losing hundreds of billions of dollars in lucrative government contracts.

The statement on the cabinet meeting did not disclose the regulations. It is not clear if they permit the government to award contracts to foreign companies that do not have regional headquarters in Saudi Arabia.

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Saudi officials did not immediately respond to requests for comment outside regular business hours.

The ultimatum was part of efforts by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to wean the economy off oil and draw foreign business into the kingdom.

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