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Business license challenges for expats in Saudi Arabia

The Saudi Arabian General Investment Authority (Sagia) has said it may provide sponsorship to foreign businessmen seeking to establish businesses in the kingdom, Arab News has reported. "The license applicant should have come to Saudi Arabia for investment," said Naser Al-Tawayan, head of media at Sagia. "Expatriates who currently reside in Saudi Arabia cannot apply for a foreign investment license." Al-Tawayan added . Setting up 100% foreign owned companies is permitted in most cases, he noted. "All sectors are open for foreign investment, except a few that were deemed to be closed for sovereign or infant industry nature."