Saudi Arabia: Foreign Companies Influx Raises Office Rental Prices

Saudi Arabia issued more than 1,600 foreign investment licenses in the first quarter of 2023. (Asharq Al-Awsat)
Saudi Arabia issued more than 1,600 foreign investment licenses in the first quarter of 2023. (Asharq Al-Awsat)
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Saudi Arabia: Foreign Companies Influx Raises Office Rental Prices

Saudi Arabia issued more than 1,600 foreign investment licenses in the first quarter of 2023. (Asharq Al-Awsat)
Saudi Arabia issued more than 1,600 foreign investment licenses in the first quarter of 2023. (Asharq Al-Awsat)

The influx of foreign companies to the Saudi local market, along with several other factors, has led to an increase in office space rental prices by 20 percent.

Saudi Arabia issued more than 1,600 foreign investment licenses in the first quarter of 2023, with an average of 25 per day, according to the latest official report by the Ministry of Investment.

Experts told Asharq Al-Awsat that the high demand was due to the establishment of new government and private bodies and entities, and the increased entry of foreign companies into the local market.

The specialists revealed that the occupancy rate in category A office space has increased to 97 percent.

The director of real estate and property at Olaya Company, Mohammad Al-Omari, told Asharq Al-Awsat that office rental prices increased by 15 percent during the last 12 months.

CEO of Menassat Khaled Al-Mobid told Asharq Al-Awsat that demand for offices would increase in the coming period, due to the entry of foreign companies and the growth of commercial sectors, given the scarcity of supply that led to a 20 percent rise in the rental value.

A recent report issued by Invest in Saudi Arabia, one of the initiatives of Vision 2030, showed that more than 1,600 foreign investment licenses were granted in the first quarter of this year, compared to 1,300 in the last period of 2022, marking an increase of 2.3 percent.

The report expected the building and construction sector to continue to provide great opportunities for investors with the launch of mega and huge projects within the Kingdom’s development plans in the tourism and housing sectors.

The Saudi government completed 104 investment deals during the first quarter of 2023, compared to around 101 during the same period last year, recording an increase of about 3 percent.



Russia Hikes Import Tariffs for Consumer Goods from 'Unfriendly Countries'

A Russian national tricolor flag flutters on a tourist boat as another boat passes by along the Moskva river in central Moscow on July 18, 2024. (Photo by Natalia KOLESNIKOVA / AFP)
A Russian national tricolor flag flutters on a tourist boat as another boat passes by along the Moskva river in central Moscow on July 18, 2024. (Photo by Natalia KOLESNIKOVA / AFP)
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Russia Hikes Import Tariffs for Consumer Goods from 'Unfriendly Countries'

A Russian national tricolor flag flutters on a tourist boat as another boat passes by along the Moskva river in central Moscow on July 18, 2024. (Photo by Natalia KOLESNIKOVA / AFP)
A Russian national tricolor flag flutters on a tourist boat as another boat passes by along the Moskva river in central Moscow on July 18, 2024. (Photo by Natalia KOLESNIKOVA / AFP)

Russia increased imports tariffs for consumer goods, including candies, biscuits and shampoo, produced in countries that support sanctions against Moscow, according to a government order published late on Friday.

Russian imports from nations that imposed sanctions against Moscow over its military conflict with Ukraine slumped in 2022.

Some Western producers stopped selling to Russia, but Moscow has found roundabout ways to keep goods coming, including a grey imports scheme, and plenty of foreign goods remain on store shelves.

According to the order, the tariffs for perfume, cosmetics and shampoo from Poland, for example, will amount to 35% of the customs value. Duties for wallpapers from Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia will rise to 50%.

The new tariffs will be in place until and including Dec. 31 2024 and take effect seven days after publication.