List of Businesses banned for SAGIA License

All of us know that if a foreigner wants to start a business in Saudi Arabia, he has to apply for SAGIA license. We have explained in detail the step by step procedure to apply for SAGIA license. One of the steps to apply for SAGIA license is to choose the business you are going to establish. For example, is it a food chain restaurant, furniture manufacturer or departmental store? At the time of making this decision, you should consider the businesses which are not allowed under SAGIA license. There are certain business opportunities or activities within the KSA which have been reserved only for the GCC or Saudi citizens based upon the legal and cultural traditions of the Kingdom.

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Industrial Sector

Oil exploration

Drilling and production. Except the services related to mining sector listed at in International Industrial classification codes.

Manufacturing of military equipment, devices, and uniforms.

Manufacturing of civilian explosives.

Service Sector

Catering to military sectors.

Security and detective services.

Real estate investment in Makkah and Madina.

Tourist orientation and guidance services related to Hajj and Umrah.

Recruitment and employment services including local recruitment offices.

Real estate brokerage.

Land transportation services, excluding the inter-city passenger transport by trains.

Services provided by midwives, nurses, physical therapy services and quasi-doctoral services internationally classified at ( CPC 93191).

Fisheries

Blood banks, poison centers, and quarantines.

Printing and publishing. Except for the following activities:

Pre-printing services internationally classified at ( CPC 88442)

Printing Presses internationally classified at ( CPC 88442)

Drawing and calligraphy internationally classified at ( CPC 87501)

Photography internationally classified at ( CPC 875)

Radio and Television Broadcasting Studios internationally classified at ( CPC 96114)

Foreign Media Offices and Correspondents internationally classified at ( CPC 962)

Promotion and Advertising internationally classified at ( CPC 871)

Public Relations internationally classified at ( CPC 86506)

Publication internationally classified at ( CPC 88442)

Press Services internationally classified at ( CPC 88442)

Production, selling and renting of computer software internationally classified at (CPC 88)

Media consultancies and studies internationally classified at ( CPC 853)

Typing and copying internationally classified at ( CPC 87505 + 87904).

Motion picture and video tape distribution services internationally classified at ( CPC 96113).

Commission agents internationally classified at ( CPC 621).

Audiovisual and media services.

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