Under the leadership of the new King, Saudi Arabia is pushing ahead with reforms and a host of major projects, despite the drop in oil prices.
The Kingdom's strong fiscal position should enable the government to maintain spending even in the face of lower oil prices.
The Saudi bourse has recently opened up to qualified foreign investors, with an eye to boosting institutional investment.
Accouting for the second-largest part of the budget, education remains a central priority for the government.
Despite the volatility of recent years, Saudi Arabia has steered a steady course in terms of oil output.