Find clients and develop your business in Saudi Arabia

Grow your international sales

Finding clients abroad is always a challenge, and business development in Saudi Arabia is not different. You need the right contacts and once you reach the decision maker, you need the right sales pitch.
Alliance experts has local people in the country who know the market and the business culture. We find and approach the right organisations for you. Our continuous presence in Saudi Arabia ensures trust and prompt follow-up.
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How to sell your product or service in Saudi Arabia?

Saudi Arabia, the largest country in the Middle East, has a population of about 35 million as of 2023. It is the world’s largest oil exporter, deeply influencing its culture, economy, and politics.

With a high GDP per capita of approximately $23,000 USD in 2023, Saudi Arabia’s economy is heavily dependent on oil, which accounts for most of its export earnings and government revenues. The country is diversifying its economy, with significant investments in sectors like tourism, entertainment, and technology.

Saudi Arabia business culture and etiquette

Saudi Arabian businessmen are hospitable. They spend time and effort over making outsiders feel comfortable in their country. They may appear lavish and showy but that’s their way. Saudis are gentle people who avoid conflict. In case any disagreements in business arise, these are resolved by intermediaries or middlemen. They are knowledgeable, especially about their country and their particular line of business. It’s usually a profession that’s passed down through the generations, one that they are proud of.

The principal language of Saudi Arabia is Arabic but most of its business people are well versed with English. Here, the working week takes a break on Thursday and Friday with Friday being a holy day.

A local sponsor or wakeel will be required to arrange your appointments and acquaint you. Build a level of trust before you engage in business talk with your Saudi counterparts. Make general small talk about the country, family etc, but refrain from enquiring about a Saudi’s wife! Dress well and present yourself in an impressive manner to the Saudi Arabians as they will judge you on appearances. Also, women are usually not included in any negotiation processes.

Saudi Arabia business negotiation tactics

  • Schedule morning appointments a few weeks in advance, even a month if possible
  • Allow them to take their time. Don’t rush decisions
  • Reiterate your points to ensure they take your suggestions seriously
  • Respect their advisors and elders
  • Be firm on pricing, don’t be vague
  • Saudis can be loud and aggressive, so expect this expression of enthusiasm, along with silent pauses

 

Why use our business development services in Saudi Arabia?

We know the market from inside-out

We work with local teams, who already know the market, speak the language and know the business culture.

We are active in over 30 countries

We can compare different markets and as we can help you in all of them, we only favor the market that may work out best for you.

You Reduce your risks

We help you avoid cultural misunderstandings, compliance issues, and other risks associated with entering a new market.

Our structured approach for finding international clients

Alliance experts has a proven methodology to start or increase your sales in a new market. Our local teams in over 30 countries help you define your pitch and to find and convince the right sales channels or clients. Select your target country and click on the package to see what we do for you each month.

Month 1

Scan phase

  • Tell us more about your company and offering
  • Get a first long-list of potential distributors, partners or clients
  • Receive feedback from them on your product or service
  • Get an overview of the competition

Market pioneer

  • Intake questionnaire
  • Product knowledge call
  • Long-list with up t0 10 targets
  • 1 feedback interview
  • Listing up to 3 competitors
  • Monthly review call

Market explorer

  • Intake questionnaire
  • Product knowledge call
  • Long-list with up t0 20 targets
  • 3 feedback interviews
  • Listing up to 10 competitors
  • 1 competitor investigation
  • Bi-weekly review call

Market conqueror

  • Intake questionnaire
  • Product knowledge call
  • Long-list with up t0 50 targets
  • 5 feedback interviews
  • Listing up to 20 competitors
  • 3 competitor investigations
  • Weekly review call

Month 2

Launch phase

  • With our help, develop the right pitch for this market
  • See the list of targets growing 
  • We pitch your product to the right decision makers
  • Evaluate with us and adjust the approach where needed

Market pioneer

  • Pitch for the local market
  • Adding up to 10 leads to the long-list
  • Outreach to 10 targets
  • Monthly review call

Market explorer

  • Pitch for the local market
  • Review of your marketing materials
  • Adding up to 20 leads to the long-list
  • Outreach to 20 targets
  • Bi-weekly review call

Market conqueror

  • Pitch for the local market
  • Review of your marketing materials
  • Jointly developed pitch deck with translation
  • Adding up to 50 leads to the long-list
  • Outreach to 50 targets
  • Weekly review call

Month 3 and further

Grow phase

  • See the list of targets growing until we have all relevant ones
  • We continue pitching and also follow up on your leads
  • Follow-up on interested prospects or leave it to us
  • Every month you receive a full report on all contacts we had

Market pioneer

  • Adding up to 20 leads to the long-list
  • Outreach to 20 targets
  • Follow-up with 10 targets and 3 of your leads
  • Hand-over of interested parties
  • Monthly review call

Market explorer

  • Adding up to 50 leads to the long-list
  • Outreach to 50 targets
  • Follow-up with 25 targets and 10 of your leads
  • Hand-over of interested parties
  • 3 follow-up meetings
  • Deal closing support for 1 deal
  • Bi-weekly review call

Market conqueror

Custom proposal that we discuss with you after completion of the Scan and Launch phase, for example a dedicated (part-time) sales person

 

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    Frequently asked questions

    First determine who can be the end-users for your product or service. From who do they purchase now? Interview a number of key players in the value chain how they perceive your offering and ask them who is your competition. Only then you can position your product or service and effectively approach potential buyers.

    In Saudi Arabia, just as many comparable countries, this all depends on your offering and the way you organise your sales. If you offering already sells in other countries, you have good chances, but you still need to figure out the market structure and the sales channels that perform best. We always recommend to do interviews with key players first.
    Yes, Saudi Arabia is certainly open for international business, the country has trade relationships with many other nations and although there may be import duties, certification and other customs regulations, you can certainly sell your goods there.
    First of all adhere to the local business culture and follow local ways of making appointments and structuring them. Also in Saudi Arabia, companies want to make profits so if you can show how your product or service contributes to that, then the interest will be not different than in other countries. Where possible, work with local partners or have your sales supported by an international business consultant.

    We are active in over 30 countries