Saudi Arabia

Women in Business in Saudi Arabia

Women play little role in public life in Saudi and have virtually no role to play in the business world.

It is, therefore, very difficult for women business travellers to achieve a great deal in the country – even if they are granted a visa. The constitution of any delegation sent to Saudi on business needs very careful consideration and the normal western concerns on selection through achievement, track record and technical ability may not be appropriate.

Any women visiting on business needs to be very conservative in both their dress code and behaviour.


This country-specific business culture profile was written by Keith Warburton who is the founder of the cultural awareness training consultancy Global Business Culture

Global Business culture is a leading training provider in the fields of cross-cultural communication and global virtual team working.  We provide training to global corporations in live classroom-based formats, through webinars and also through our cultural awareness digital learning hub, Global Business Compass.

This World Business Culture profile is designed as an introduction to business culture in Saudi Arabia only and a more detailed understanding needs a more in-depth exploration which we can provide through our training and consultancy services.

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