• New investments announced for the SEZs at the Saudi Special Economic Zones Investment Forum in Riyadh, hosted by the Economic Cities and Special Zones Authority
  • The event follows last month’s launch of four new special economic zones by the Crown Prince, His Royal Highness Prince Mohammed bin Salman

Riyadh: Saudi Arabia’s new Special Economic Zones, launched last month by the Crown Prince, His Royal Highness Prince Mohammed bin Salman, have attracted US$12.6 billion from investors across maritime, mining, manufuacturing and logistics, and tech, creating new value chains in the Kingdom. An additional US$31 billion in investments are in progress.

The announcement was made today at an investment forum at the Ritz-Carlton in Riyadh, where four Special Economic Zones (SEZs) licenses were awarded to the King Abdullah Economic City’ (KAEC) SEZ, ‘Ras Al-Khair’ SEZ , ‘Jazan’ SEZ, and ‘Cloud Computing’ SEZ, and early invetsments were also announced.

The event was hosted by the Economic Cities and Special Zones Authority (ECZA), in partnership with the Saudi Program for Attracting Regional Headquarters of International Companies, and follows the official launch of the zones last month by His Royal Highness Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz, Crown Prince, Prime Minister and Chairman of the Council for Economic and Development Affairs.

His Excellency Eng. Khalid Al-Falih, Minister of Investment and Chairman of ECZA Board, said:

“Our Special Economic Zones are part of a comprehensive approach, building on previous initiatives to strengthen Saudi Arabia’s standing as a premier global investment hub and provide businesses across multiple sectors and industries with a launchpad to drive their international growth.”

Mr. Nabil Khojah, Secretary General of ECZA, added: “The four Special Economic Zones are brand new, but have already attracted billions of Saudi riyals in investment, with more to come. This is an exciting moment for the Kingdom and for all of us at ECZA, as we unveil new opportunities for global investors to capitalize on Saudi Arabia’s position as an economic powerhouse at the heart of global trade routes.”

The Forum’s themes focused on the Kingdom’s strengths as a global investment destination: its favorable and competitive regulatory environment, strategic geographical position as a logistics and supply chain hub, and its hyper-connected digital infrastructure capable of supporting a global ICT and cloud computing ecosystem. The Forum also provided updates on the latest developments on the Regional Headquarters Program.

The new zones – ‘King Abdullah Economic City’ (KAEC) SEZ, ‘Ras Al-Khair’ SEZ , ‘Jazan’ SEZ, and ‘Cloud Computing’ SEZ – are strategically located across the Kingdom. Together, they represent the initial phase of a significant long-term program of special economic zones. They complement the Riyadh Integrated Special Logistics Zone (RISLZ), which was launched in 2022.

The Saudi SEZs include competitive corporate tax rates, exemption from customs duties on imports, production inputs, machinery & raw materials, 100% foreign ownership of companies, and the flexibility to attract and hire the best talent worldwide. 

The Regional Headquarters Program was established in 2020 to invite global companies' regional headquarters to relocate to Saudi Arabia. It is a joint initiative between the Ministry of Investment (MISA) and the Royal Commission for Riyadh City (RCRC).