Real estate for industrial usage is available at different industrial cities around the kingdom at competitive lease costs. Saudi Arabia currently has in total more than 40 industrial and economic cities managed by the Saudi Industrial Property Authority (MODON), the Royal Commission for Jubail and Yanbu (RCJY) and by The Economic Cities Authority (ECA). In addition, private industrial cities offer further options in different locations. The Industrial and Economic Cities offer to their tenants significant advantages in terms of cost efficiency, infrastructure and services through their integrated business models, and constitute a major part of the Saudi Arabia Government’s efforts to encourage the diversification of the Saudi economy.
Logistics & Accessibility to Saudi Arabia:
Saudi Arabia has the largest marine network in the Middle East, consisting of ten ports (six of which are container ports):
All ports are managed, operated and maintained by private sector companies under long term contracts. As part of Saudi Arabia’s export development initiatives, it makes exemption of export goods from storage fees for 10 days and 50 percent reduction in port fees on all exports.
Total length of roads maintained by the Ministry of Transport in 2014 is 627000 km, of which 151000 km were main roads linking major regions of Saudi Arabia with international borders and serving major urban area, 102000 km secondary roads linking major cities with regions and 374000 km feeder roads branching out of secondary roads and serving towns, villages & agricultural area. Total roads under construction stood at 204000 km at the end
of fiscal year 2014.
There are 27 airports across Saudi Arabia of which four, at Riyadh, Jeddah, Dammam, and Al-Madinah Al- Munawarah, are international. In 2015, over 81 million passengers passed through Saudi Arabia with rising of 9.5% from 2014, with aircraft operations reaching 646,693 in number. Cargo & mail handled was
1.16 Million tons with rising of 14.1% over the preceding year, Air travel is the preferred method of passenger travel within Saudi Arabia, because of the distances separating the main cities. Several major international airlines offer services in and out of Saudi Arabia.
The Saudi Railways Organization (SRO) provides services over a network of 1,423 kilometers of track between Dammam and Riyadh, either direct or via Abqaiq and Hofuf, with branch lines to Dammam Port, Dhahran, Al-Judaidah, Ain Haradh and Al-Kharj. SRO carries 1.1 million passengers and handles over 3.4 million tons of cargo annually. Planned expansions of the railway network included new track from Riyadh to Jeddah, from Al-Jalamid phosphate deposit in the far North Via Hail and Buraidah to Riyadh, between Dammam and Jubail and between the bauxite deposit at Al-Zubirah and Jubail. The total investment for the development of the railway network 2005 - 2040 is estimated at USD 100 bn. The Saudi Railways Company (SAR) has been founded to provide transportation services for the passengers, minerals and general freights.