The Venture Capital & Private Equity
Country Attractiveness Index
Alexander Groh, Heinrich Liechtenstein, Karsten Lieser and Markus Biesinger

Saudi Arabia  
Rank: 37 · Score: 61.4  

Basic facts, 2020        
Population (millions) 32.9   IPOs and pulic issues (quartile) Top
GDP (US$ billions) 700.1   M&A volume (quartile) 3rd
GDP per capita (US$) 21,305.6   Venture capital investments (quartile) 3rd
GDP growth (per cent) -4.1   Private equity investments (quartile) 3rd
 
 
 
Performance Overview
Indicator   Rank / 125 Rank Trend Score
VC/PE Country Attractiveness Index 37 87, 86, 84, 84, 88 61.4
1 Economic Activity 27 111, 100, 83, 100, 98 83.2
2 Depth of Capital Market 28 87, 89, 88, 87, 97 72.6
3 Taxation 82 48, 48, 47, 42, 43 87.1
4 Investor Protection and Corporate Governance 37 74, 76, 73, 80, 88 77.3
5 Human and Social Environment 33 86, 86, 86, 87, 92 40.6
6 Entrepreneurial Opportunities 76 56, 55, 53, 54, 49 43.4


 
Historic performance, 2017-2021   Key driver performance, 2021
 

   
VC/PE Rank  
VC Rank  
PE Rank
Saudi Arabia  
Middle East
 
 
 
Peer Group Comparison
 
Regional Peers Economic Activity Depth of Capital Market Taxation Investor Protection and
Corporate Governance
Human and Social
Environment
Entrepreneurial
Opportunites
Israel 83.6 75.8 95.4 94.5 44.0 86.0
United Arab Emirates 83.4 69.0 25.6 93.3 47.5 60.3
Saudi Arabia 83.2 72.6 87.1 77.3 40.6 43.4
Qatar 79.1 47.7 93.9 46.1 42.4 49.5
Kuwait 76.2 61.2 85.8 64.1 28.1 39.0
Bahrain 67.4 45.0 95.3 71.6 33.7 39.8
Oman 62.8 55.7 84.8 65.9 36.2 30.8
Last updated: 21 Jun 2021