Saudi Arabia

Ease of Doing Business in

Saudi Arabia

This page summarizes Doing Business 2016 data for Saudi Arabia. The first section presents the Ease of Doing Business rank (out of 189 economies) and the distance to frontier (DTF)** measure, overall and by topic. The second section summarizes the key indicators for each topic benchmarked against regional averages.

Economy Overview

 
Region Middle East & North Africa
Income Category High income
Population 29,369,428
GNI Per Capita (US$) 25,818
City covered Riyadh
Doing Business 2016 Rank Doing Business 2015 Rank
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DOING BUSINESS 2015 RANK

Last year's rankings are adjusted. They are based on 10 topics and reflect data corrections.

Change in Rank
82 84 down 2

Doing Business 2016 DTF (% points)
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DISTANCE TO FRONTIER SCORE

The distance to frontier score shows how far on average an economy is at a point in time from the best performance achieved by any economy on each Doing Business indicator since 2005 or the third year in which data for the indicator were collected. The measure is normalized to range between 0 and 100, with 100 representing the frontier. Read more...

Doing Business 2015 DTF (% points)
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DISTANCE TO FRONTIER SCORE

The distance to frontier score shows how far on average an economy is at a point in time from the best performance achieved by any economy on each Doing Business indicator since 2005 or the third year in which data for the indicator were collected. The measure is normalized to range between 0 and 100, with 100 representing the frontier. Read more...

Change in DTF (% points)
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DISTANCE TO FRONTIER SCORE

The distance to frontier score shows how far on average an economy is at a point in time from the best performance achieved by any economy on each Doing Business indicator since 2005 or the third year in which data for the indicator were collected. The measure is normalized to range between 0 and 100, with 100 representing the frontier. Read more...

63.17 62.69 down 0.48
Positive=Doing Business reform making it easier to do business. Negative=Change making it more difficult to do business.

Starting a Business

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Starting a Business

The steps of launching a business are shown below. Included are: the number of procedures entrepreneurs can expect to go through to start up and formally operate an industrial or commercial business, as well as the time and cost to complete these procedures and the paid-in minimum capital requirement as a percentage of gross national income (GNI) per capita.

DB 2016 Rank 130 DB 2015 Rank
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DOING BUSINESS 2015 RANK

Last year's rankings are adjusted. They are based on 10 topics and reflect data corrections.

124 Change in Rank down-6
DB 2016 DTF (% points)
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DISTANCE TO FRONTIER SCORE

The distance to frontier score shows how far on average an economy is at a point in time from the best performance achieved by any economy on each Doing Business indicator since 2005 or the third year in which data for the indicator were collected. The measure is normalized to range between 0 and 100, with 100 representing the frontier. Read more...

78.66 DB 2015 DTF (% points)
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DISTANCE TO FRONTIER SCORE

The distance to frontier score shows how far on average an economy is at a point in time from the best performance achieved by any economy on each Doing Business indicator since 2005 or the third year in which data for the indicator were collected. The measure is normalized to range between 0 and 100, with 100 representing the frontier. Read more...

78.30 Change in DTF (% points)
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DISTANCE TO FRONTIER SCORE

The distance to frontier score shows how far on average an economy is at a point in time from the best performance achieved by any economy on each Doing Business indicator since 2005 or the third year in which data for the indicator were collected. The measure is normalized to range between 0 and 100, with 100 representing the frontier. Read more...

up0.36

Information on new business density and number of newly created firms with limited liability can be found at Entrepreneurship Database.

Indicator Saudi Arabia Middle East & North Africa OECD high income
Procedures (number)
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Procedures (number)

The total number of procedures required to register a firm. A procedure is defined as any interaction of the company founders with external parties (for example, government agencies, lawyers, auditors or notaries).

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12 8.2 4.7
Time (days)
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Time (days)

The total number of days required to register a firm. The measure captures the median duration that incorporation lawyers indicate is necessary to complete a procedure with minimum follow-up with government agencies and no extra payments.

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19.0 18.8 8.3
Cost (% of income per capita)
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Cost (% of income per capita)

Cost is recorded as a percentage of the economy’s income per capita. It includes all official fees and fees for legal or professional services if such services are required by law.

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4.1 25.8 3.2
Paid-in min. capital (% of income per capita)
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Paid-in min. capital (% of income per capita)

The amount that the entrepreneur needs to deposit in a bank or with a notary before registration and up to 3 months following incorporation and is recorded as a percentage of the economy’s income per capita.

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0.0 37.7 9.6
No. Procedure Time to Complete Associated Costs
1 Reserve a company name Less than one day (online procedure) no charge
2 Submit the articles of association to the Ministry of Commerce and Industry for Authentication Less than one day (online procedure) no charge
3 Receive the Ministry of Commerce and Industry's stamp on the articles of association (AOA) and Notarize the AOA with a Notary public 1 week no charge
4 Open an "under-formation" bank account 1 day no charge
5 Obtain a Business Location License from the Municipality and Register with Post Office “Wasel” 1 day no charge
6 Pay the registration fee at the Bank window within the same building of the Unified Center 1 day SAR 1,200 registration fee + SAR 650 publication of summary articles of association
7 Submit the approved documents and Obtain the Certificate of Registration 2 days no charge
8 Make a company seal 1 day SAR 50
9 Designate company signatories and pay the Chamber of Commerce membership fee 1 day SAR 2,000 Chamber of Commerce fee
10 Register with the Ministry of Labor 1 day no charge
11 Register with the General Organization for Social Insurance (GOSI) 2 days no charge
* 12 Register with the Department of Zakat 3 days, simultaneous with previous procedure no charge
  * Takes place simultaneously with another procedure.

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