Regional Headquarters in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia: is a unit of a Multinational group duly established under the laws of Saudi Arabia for the purpose of supporting, managing, and providing strategic direction to its branches, subsidiaries and affiliates operating in MENA region. RHQ program invites global companies' regional headquarters to relocate to Saudi Arabia, it was established as a joint initiative between Ministry of Investment (MISA) and Royal Commission for Riyadh City (RCRC).

THE KINGDOM

AT A GLANCE

Saudi Arabia is the largest economy in MENA and the 18th largest economy in the world

THE KINGDOM CULTURE

SUPPORT IN SETTING UP YOUR

REGIONAL HQ IN SAUDI

    Relocation Services

  • Temporary Office Space

    Apartments or Villas

    Local Recruitment

    Arrival Essentials

    Concierge Services

  • Reservations

    Event Organizers

    Sport & Fitness

    Personal Assistant

    Facilitation Services

  • Staffing

    Business Setup

    Home Labor Contractors

    Professional Services

  • Tax Consultancy

    GRO Services

    Opening Bank Accounts

    Exclusive Discounts

  • Airlines

    Office

    Accommodation

    Schools

TESTIMONIALS

DISCOVER SAUDI ARABIA'S

13 REGIONS

Riyadh

Home to the Kingdom's business capital and largest city, Riyadh is also the new rising star of GCC, offering incredible opportunities to investors from all over the world.

8.7M

Population

4

Chambers of Commerce

1

International Airport

3,332

Active factories in Q3 2021
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Makkah

Islam's holiest city draws millions of people from around the world every year. The region is home to Jeddah and King Abdullah Economic City on the Red Sea coast, where investors can leverage the international trade routes to serve consumers in the Middle East and North Africa.

9M

Population

3

Chambers of Commerce

1

International Airport

1,741

Active factories in Q3 2021
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Medina

Medina is home to Saudi Arabia’s first UNESCO World Heritage Site AlUla, it is also a booming business hub possessing two industrial areas with a total area of 10 million m2 and 236 factories producing petroleum products, building materials, food products, and a variety of other goods.

2.2M

Population

2

Chambers of Commerce

1

International Airport

351

Active factories in Q3 2021
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Qassim

A first-class agricultural region with an abundance of water, fertile soil, and agricultural diversity. Qassim has the best access to electricity infrastructure at the national level, a large area of agricultural land, and an outstanding production capacity in food.

1.5M

Population

4

Chambers of Commerce

1

International Airport

332

Active factories in Q3 2021
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Eastern

A major contributor to the majority of the country's oil production and exports, Eastern Province is the largest in the Kingdom, encompassing the entire east coast.

5.1M

Population

3

Chambers of Commerce

1

International Airport

1,877

Active factories in Q3 2021
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Aseer

Aseer is one of the fastest rising tourist destinations in Saudi Arabia, with $3 billion of PIF projects in the pipeline for tourism and infrastructure.

2,354,320

Population

2.04%

% Population Growth

17

Governorate

81,000

Area in square kilometers
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Tabuk

Known for its agricultural products, Tabuk is also an active commercial center and home to several giga-projects including NEOM and the Red Sea Project making it an attractive location for diverse investments across different sectors.

949,612

Population

139,119

number of employees

1

International Airport

76

Active factories in Q3 2021
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Hail

Hail is a rapidly developing region with 259 development projects worth more than $1.5 billion. The region is also home to two UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

731,147

Population

140,712

number of employees

1

Domestic Airport

83

Active factories in Q3 2021
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Northern Borders

From its phosphate mines to natural gas fields, the Northern Borders is ready to welcome investors from around the world to discover its natural resources.

383,051

Population

1

Chambers of Commerce

3

Domestic Airports

39

Active factories in Q3 2021
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Jazan

Situated on the Red Sea coast, Jazan's is home to several islands. Jazan City for Basic and Downstream Industries is one of the most important industrial cities and investment destinations in the region, due to its proximity to international shipping lanes.

1.6M

Population

1

industrial city

1

Chambers of Commerce

107

Active factories in Q3 2021
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Najran

One of Saudi Arabia's fastest-growing regions in the Kingdom, Najran invites investors to a beautiul green nature rich in mineral resources and fertile in agricultural products.

608,467

Population

141,955

number of employees

2

Domestic Airports

42

Active factories in Q3 2021
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Al-Baha

With its natural parks, archeological villages, and its wonderful nature, Al-Baha is an attractive investment region with a lot of potential.

506,866

Population

2.02%

% Population Growth

7

Governorates

12,000 km2

Area
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Al-Jouf

One of the most fertile regions in Saudi Arabia, Al-Jouf region is characterized by its rich agricultural lands, diversity of crops, olive trees and mineral resources. Al-jouf is also renowned for its wind and solar endowment making it an attractive location for renewable energy investments.

531,952

Population

2

Chambers of Commerce

2

Domestic Airports

68

Active factories in Q3 2021
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RIYADH CITY IS THE BUSINESS AND CULTURAL CENTER OF THE KINGDOM
50%
of Saudi Arabia's non-oli GDP comes from Riyadh
2.3M
Workforce
18th
Global city in PPP-adjusted GDP
4.5M
population under the age of 35
RIYADH HAS A VIBRANT CULTURAL & ENTERTAINMENT SCENE

Cultural Events

Music Concerts

Culinary events

World-class sporting events

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A Regional Headquarter (RHQ) in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

Regional Headquarters Program (RHQ) is a joint initiative by the Royal Commission for Riyadh City (RCRC) and Ministry of Investment (MISA) to position the Kingdom as the leading regional hub for multinational companies.
A RHQ in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is a unit of a Multinational Group duly established under the laws of Saudi Arabia for the purpose of supporting, managing, and providing strategic direction to its branches, subsidiaries and affiliates operating in MENA region.
A Multinational Group is a group that has a foreign parent entity and which carries on business in more than one jurisdiction through the parent entity, its subsidiaries, branches or affiliates.
Multinational Groups can apply for this service to manage and supervise the strategic direction, functions, and businesses conducted by their branches, subsidiaries and affiliates in MENA region.
MENA region includes the countries of the Gulf Cooperation Council (Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, Bahrain, Oman, and Qatar), Yemen, Iraq, Jordan, Palestine, Lebanon, Syria, Egypt, Libya, Tunisia, Algeria, Mauritania, and Morocco. In addition to the MENA region, the Multinational Group is free to manage entities in additional regions and jurisdictions through the RHQ.
The minimum eligibility criteria for an RHQ license is that a Multinational Group has a minimum presence in two different countries, excluding the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the country in which the headquarter of the Multinational Group is located, either through subsidiaries or branches.
The RHQ of the Multinational Group must be either a registered branch of a foreign company in Saudi Arabia, or a subsidiary of a Multinational Group that is established in Saudi Arabia.

The Regional Headquarter (RHQ) of an Multinational Group established in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia may be eligible to receive the following benefits upon obtaining the RHQ License issued by MISA:

 

  1. Exemption from complying with Saudization percentage requirements for a period of 10 years for the RHQ entity.
  1. Work visas for professions that are restricted to Saudi nationals for RHQ employees.
  1. No limitation in the number of work visas that can be applied for by the RHQ entity for its employees.
  1. Dependents of RHQ Employees are permitted to work and apply for jobs through Ajeer program.
  1. The maximum age for residency of male dependents of RHQ employees is extended to 25 years old*.
  1. The RHQ employees are exempted from professional accreditation requirements applicable in the Kingdom, if they are duly accredited in the country of origin
  1. Waiver from the MISA subscription fees for access to MISA investor service centers following the first year.
  1. Access to MIZA “end to end” services at discounted rates with preferential treatment. Please contact us for more information.

 

Please note that these benefits are applicable only for the RHQ entity and its employees, and do not extend to affiliated or managed entities.

 

Licensed RHQ entities will be eligible for additional benefits and incentives, as applicable, which may be introduced in the future under the RHQ Program.

 

* Applicable for male dependents who remain students. There is no age restriction for unmarried female dependents.

RHQ License

The RHQ activities are classified into two categories (i) mandatory activities; and (ii) optional activities.
The mandatory RHQ activities are the provision of strategic direction and management functions. RHQ strategic direction functions include: (a) Formulate and monitor the regional strategy, (b) Coordinate strategic alignment, (c) Embed products and/or services in the region, (d) Support acquisitions, mergers and divestments, and (e) Review financial performance. RHQ management functions include: (a) Business planning, (b) Budgeting, (c) Business coordination, (d) Identification of new market opportunities, (e) Monitoring of the regional market, competitors, and operations, (f) Marketing plan for the region, and (g) Operational and financial reporting.
The optional RHQ activities are: (a) Sales and Marketing Support, (b) Human Resources, and Personnel Management, (c) Training Services, (d) Financial Management, Foreign Exchange, and Treasury Centre Services, (e) Compliance and Internal Control, (f) Accounting, (g) Legal, (h) Auditing, (i) Research and Analysis, (j) Advisory Services, (k) Operations Control, (l) Logistics and Supply chain management, (m) International Trading, (n) Technical Support or Engineering Assistance, (o) Network Operations for IT System, (p) Research and Development, (q) Intellectual Property Rights Management, (r) Production Management, and (s) Sourcing of Raw Materials and Parts.
No. The minimum activities that the RHQ must provide are the mandatory RHQ activities – provision of strategic direction and management functions –, in addition to three optional RHQ activities. For the optional RHQ activities, the applicant can select any of the activities mentioned under Q3 above.
Yes. RHQ mandatory activities must commence within six months after the grant of the RHQ License by MISA, and the three RHQ optional activities must commence before the end the first year of receiving the RHQ License.
No. The RHQ License is granted to only perform RHQ activities specified in the Service Manual (mandatory and optional RHQ activities). If the Multinational Group, that holds the RHQ License, wishes to conduct commercial operations and/or other activities than the RHQ activities, the Multinational Group should obtain the required license for such commercial operations and/or activities to be conducted under a different entity than the RHQ.
The RHQ license duration ranges from 1 year to 5 years (based on applicant selection).
The RHQ License has an annual license fees of SAR 2,000 and an additional service fees of SAR 10,000 for the first year only. Additional fee waivers may be applicable for specific tiers of the RHQ License.
The required documents to apply for an RHQ License are:
Required Document
1 commercial registration of the applicant company attested at the level of the Saudi embassy at the relevant company
2 Copies of at least two commercial registrations or commercial licenses of the MNC issued in two different countries (excluding the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the country in which the headquarters of the Multinational Group is located) attested at the level of the Saudi Embassy in the respective countries
3 Copy of the annual audited consolidated financial statements of the last financial year of the applicant, attested at the level of the Saudi Embassy in the respective country.
4 A completed RHQ License Online Application Form.
There may be additional documents required for specific tiers of the RHQ License.