Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia’s decision to weaken the link between hydrocarbons and economic growth, and pursue a policy of diversification has seen a wide range of projects come to fruition in the last several years. While at present the Covid-19 pandemic and the unprecedented plunge in oil prices are causing significant short-term uncertainty, the reforms that have been put in place in recent years should stand the Kingdom in good stead over the longer term.

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While many Gulf nations were already working to diversify their economies prior to the coronavirus pandemic, the subsequent economic downturn and collapse in oil prices has meant that governments in the region have had to reassess and – in some cases – accelerate their strategic plans.

How do you rate Saudi Arabia’s response to the Covid-19 pandemic, and what are the next steps for the country’s health services?

As countries within the Gulf begin a gradual easing of Covid-19-related movement restrictions, the revival of the region’s aviation sector has come into focus. Effective recovery strategies will rely on reassuring passengers that sufficient health and the safety measures are in place.

 

INTERCONTINENTAL RIYADH King Saud Road, PO Box 3636, Riyadh 11481 T: (+966) 11 465 5000 www.intercontinental.com/riyadh reservations.icriyadh@ihg.com Rooms: 275 rooms, with 140 standard rooms, 39 junior suites, five large executive suites, two royal suites, 56 club rooms, 10 presidential suites, five club royal suites and 18 cabana...

In 2016 Saudi Arabia launched its ambitious economic transformation plan, Vision 2030. The long-term Vision 2030 involves diversifying the Saudi Arabian economy by steering the country away from its traditional dependence on oil. The ambition and scope of Vision 2030 is unprecedented, and the plan will promote the Kingdom’s regional, cultural and religious significance to...

 

What should investors and local entrepreneurs take into account prior to investing in the Kingdom?

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