KAEC, saudi investment, saudi arabia, king abdullah economic city

Saudi Arabia’s New Megacity Open For Investors

Images: Wolfgang Maurer & Patrick Etz

The construction of the multi-billion-dollar-city KAEC is drawing Saudi Arabia’s new generation with attractive assets. Find a list of current investment possibilities to grow with the new desert megacity.

A new megacity is under construction in Saudi Arabia: The King Abdullah Economic City – KAEC, pronounced “cake” – is one of four major cities the kingdom counts on for economic growth once its oil runs out. Continue reading

The king is dead, long live the king!

Patrick Etz
Photo credit: Ash Carter

As an absolute monarchy, the king of Saudi Arabia is able to occupy positions as he pleases. All the more, personnel decisions made by the new king, Salman ibn Abd al-Aziz, after the death of his predecessor are being observed intently. With a shift in power and the resurgence of a member of the “Sudairi 7”, can investors continue to rely on Saudi Arabia’s commitment to invest in large economy diversification projects? An analysis of King Salman bin Abdulaziz al-Saud’s first months in power.

A new king, a new order

Within 24 hours after being appointed as the 7th king of Saudi Arabia following the death of his half-brother King Abdullah (90) on January 23, King Salman (79) deprived a number of senior leadership figures in the Kingdom of their power and replaced their posts with his intimates. In a second round of shuffling of officials at the end of April 2015, a surprise to the international community, he followed the same strategy: further concentrating power on an even smaller group of people. Continue reading