Saudi Arabia - Country Commercial Guide
Licensing Requirements for Professional Services

Includes license requirements for key professional services that are open to U.S. service providers.

Last published date: 2019-10-13

In Saudi Arabia, the Ministry of Commerce and Investment (MOCI) has the authority to regulate and license professional services. Professionals including accountants, auditors, lawyers and legal consultants, architects, engineers and engineering consultants, translators and translation bureaus must be licensed by MOCI. Individuals wishing to obtain a license should possess the prerequisite qualifications and experience and seek the appropriate licensing from the MOCI. A recent legal challenge to the Ministry of Commerce and Investment’s right to license joint venture law offices based on the contention that jurisdiction should properly rest with the Ministry of Justice has resulted in suspension of the issuance of new licenses pending resolution of the jurisdictional issue.