Best places in the Middle East to start your business

We will be showing you some of the best places in the Middle East to start your business since this is becoming a real trend in the last couple of years. Especially in the computer science and the IT world generally. Most of the countries in the Middle East are giving amazing benefits for foreign companies to come and work there so that is one of the factors. We will also try to show you how to move your business from the USA to the Middle East and who can help you out along the way. When it comes to moving this far away you will be needing a lot of help to get everything done properly. Don’t worry, we got your back.

Saudi Arabia and owning a business there as a foreigner

The most popular choice is currently Saudi Arabia. The good thing about this place is that you as a foreigner in their country can 100% own your business there. This is not the case in all middle eastern countries so make sure to research this carefully before deciding anything. You just need your SAGIA Entrepreneurial License. Of course, you will also need to sign Articles of Association and get your CR and Chamber of Commerce registration. Then you are good to go and start your business. Here are a few good cities where you can do so.

A businessman giving a presentation
You can own your business in Saudi Arabia even as a foreigner.


If you ask other ex-pats in Jubail they will tell you that this is surely one of the best places in the Middle East to start your business. Opening a business there as a foreigner is fairly simple. You are even entitled to some benefits that the government is offering for entrepreneurs who come this year to start or simply move their business to this amazing city. So, make sure to research this town first when you start. When it comes to moving your business here, Jubail-based experts can help you especially when it comes to logistics and planning.


The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is blooming and becoming one of the world’s most competitive economies. That fact alone is attracting skilled workers from other countries even far away like the USA is. Riyadh is one of the cities that young professionals especially like. Mainly because of all the great job opportunities they are able to find. The best thing about those job opportunities is that they are very well paid. But it is also a great place to start your own business. The process alone is not complicated at all especially now that you can completely own your business here even as a foreigner.


Dammam is known for being a major administrative center for the Saudi oil industry. This is not all that this city is. It’s also a great place to live, work, raise a family, and even start your own business. Dammam was pronounced as the best place to work in Saudi Arabia (based on salaries and work conditions). Make sure to research the line of work you are in. See how good of a fit will Dammam be for you and your business. If you think that your business might flourish here you can call professionals to help you with transportation, logistics, and cargo. Simple transfer of your inventory can be done quickly if you let professionals do what they do the best.


This is a big port city located on the Red Sea. Port cities can be great for many lines of work especially if you are in the transportation business. Many people believe that this is a great place to start your business. Tourism goes very well here. Resort hotels too, mainly because there are plenty of great beaches for tourists and residents to enjoy. Make sure to research this place too. See how your business will fit in here and start gathering moving boxes.

Jeddah beach
Jeddah is a beautiful city.

Moving to one of the best places in the Middle East (and who can help you)

Moving your business to a whole other continent is not so easy. The logistics alone can be a nightmare and that’s why it’s smart to hire professionals like Four Winds KSA who know how to do this and let them help you out. You and your business will benefit greatly from it. As soon as you start planning your relocation give them a call. See what they can tell you and if they can give you some good advice. They have a lot of knowledge when it comes to long-distance relocations. That is the reason why we always recommend hiring them. It’s just a way to make this much easier.

The rules to follow when starting a business in the Middle East

Middle Eastern people live a bit differently than we do. Their rules and laws are also a bit different and that is something you need to pay attention to if you plan to start your business there. It is especially important if you will be employing their residents. For example, you need to have separate bathrooms for male and female employees even if you only have a few of them.

It’s important to know their laws. Hiring a lawyer would be a smart thing to do. That way you know you will know all the rules you need to respect. Since we are different it’s very easy to offend someone without meaning to do so. That is why it’s important to prepare before coming to the Middle East. Luckily, Google can tell you everything you need to know about their customs. When making a business deal in the USA it’s customary to celebrate by drinking something like whiskey, champagne, or wine. In the Middle East, you shouldn’t offer your business partner alcohol since it’s against the law in most countries.

A woman who does not want a drink
Alcohol is forbidden.

Good luck

Hopefully, you liked some of the best places in the Middle East we just show you, and soon enough you will start your business here. Until then – do a lot of research.

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