Doing Business in Saudi Arabia

by Eugene E. Halmos, Jr., (Aff.M.ASCE), Washington Correspondent; CIVIL ENGINEERING—ASCE, Washington, D.C.,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1977, Vol. 47, Issue 6, Pg. 76-79

Document Type: Feature article


The consulting firm or contractor eager to get a piece of the action in Saudi Arabia must be prepared to endure some hardships. Foreigners can't own land but can rent living quarters for up to $75,000/yr. Women can't hold drivers' licenses and it may cost $4,000 or more to get a telephone. Public water supplies may be unsafe to drink without boiling. Roads and railroads are practical nonexistent. Liquid can't be bought legally and the temperature in the shade in summer soars to 120°F. Nonetheless, the Saudi attraction remains enormous. About $142 billion — more than half for construction and engineering — will be spent in the next five years. Among tips for getting started in Saudi Arabia: associate either with a Saudi partner or with another firm already established in the country; approach the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, which supervises much work there; or contact the U.S.-Saudi Arabian Joint Commission on Economic Cooperation, in the U.S. Treasury Dept.

Subject Headings: Saudi Arabia | Middle East | Asia

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