India and Saudi Arabia enjoy friendly relations reflecting the centuries-old economic and socio-cultural ties.

Close geographical proximity, cultural affinity, natural synergies and common challenges and opportunities have added momentum to this robust engagement. Saudi Arabia today is our 4th largest trade partner (after China, USA and Japan) and is a major source of energy as we import around 17% of our crude oil requirement from the Kingdom.

    • On the invitation of His Majesty King Salman, Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi paid an official visit to Riyadh from 28-29 October 2019 during which the Strategic Partnership Council Agreement was signed, identifying India as one of the Kingdom’s Strategic Partner Countries under ‘Vision 2030’ with a high-level partnership council at the leadership level.

    • During His Royal Highness the Crown Prince’s visit to India in Feb 2019, the two sides agreed on further deepening trade and investment cooperation between the two countries by aligning the Kingdom’s Vision 2030 and its 13 Vision Realization Programs with India’s flagship initiatives of "Make in India”, "Start Up India”, "Smart Cities”, "Clean India”, and "Digital India”.

    • The visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Riyadh in 2016 can be seen as a turning point in our growing engagements with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, which have taken an upward strategic direction.

    • The reciprocal visit by then Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh to Saudi Arabia in 2010 raised the level of bilateral engagement to ‘Strategic Partnership’ and the ‘Riyadh Declaration’ signed during the visit enhanced cooperation in political, economic, security and defence realms.

    • The first India-Saudi Arabia joint naval exercises were held towards the end of December 2019 to the beginning of January 2020

    • The diplomatic relations between the two countries was established in 1947. The historic visit of King Abdullah to India in 2006 resulted in signing of ‘Delhi Declaration’ imparting a fresh momentum to the bilateral relationship.

    • Saudi Arabia is India’s fourth largest trade partner and a major source of energy as India imports around 18% of its crude oil requirement from the Kingdom. Saudi Arabia is also a major source of LPG for India. In 2018-19, India-Saudi bilateral trade has increased by 23.83% to $34.03 bn. During this period, India’s imports reached $28.47 bn, an increase of 29.04% over the previous year whereas exports to Saudi Arabia reached $5.55 billion, an increase of 2.61% over the previous year. The bilateral trade for the period from April - December 2019 is valued at $24.73 billion.

    • The business and visit visa fees for the Indian nationals were decreased and fixed on reciprocal terms. Saudi Arabia is the 15th largest market in the world for Indian exports and is the destination to 1.85% (2017-18) of India’s global exports.

    • Saudi Arabia is the 3rd largest source (4.74% in 2017-18) of India’s global imports. For Saudi Arabia, as in 2017, India is the 4th largest market for its exports, accounting for 8.88 % of its global exports. In terms of imports by Saudi Arabia, India ranks 7th and is a source of around 4.13% of Saudi Arabia’s total imports.

    • According to Saudi Arabian General Investment Authority (SAGIA), there are 322 Indian companies registered as joint ventures/100% owned entities worth $1.4 billion in the Kingdom as of December 2017.

    • Saudi Petrochemical Giant SABIC set up its R&D Centre in Bangalore with an investment of over $100 million in November 2013. Saudi Aramco and UAE’s ADNOC are jointly developing a $44 billion ‘West Coast Refinery & Petrochemicals Project Limited’ in Raigad, Maharashtra. Saudi Company Al- Fanar is executing a 300 MW power project in Kutchh.

    • Saudi Arabia hosts a 2.6 million Indian community which has been living in harmony and contributing to the development and progress of Saudi Arabia. Indians in Saudi Arabia send back remittances to the tune of $11 billion or more annually. India and Saudi Arabia signed during February 2019 MoU on cooperation in the area of tourism. Saudi Arabia has recently opened its door for tourism which will further strengthen these relations. India has extended e-Visa facility to Saudi nationals this year.

    • On 21 July 2018, the 4th International Day of Yoga was celebrated with fervour in the prestigious Al-Madi Park of the King Abdulaziz Historical Centre, Riyadh. This marked the first celebration of Yoga in public domain in the Kingdom. The event witnessed huge participation from Saudis, diplomatic corps, officials, journalists, businessmen and Indian diaspora. Two Saudi female Yoga trainers led the Yoga demonstrations on the occasion.

    • Saudi Arabia is the destination of Indian Muslims who go there for performing annual Haj and Umrah. Majesty, the King has agreed to increase the Haj quota for 2019 from 1,75,025 to 2,00,000. This has immediately been implemented this year itself and  Besides Haj more than three hundred thousand Indians visit for Umrah every year.

    • Janadriyah 2018: India successfully participated as ‘Guest of Honour’ in the 32nd edition of the prestigious Saudi National Festival of Heritage and Culture – Janadriyah from 7 – 28 February 2018. The “Guest of Honour’ privilege comes in the backdrop of the historic visit of Hon’ble PM to Riyadh in April 2016 and the historic bilateral relations.

Prominent Investments

Saudi Arabia in India

Saudi Aramco

Saudi Aramco and Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) have formed a JV with Indian state-run oil companies — Indian Oil Corporation (IOC), Bharat ...Read more

SABIC

SABIC has invested over $ 100 mn in its technology and innovation centre in Bengaluru, one of the largest investments in India by a Saudi company. ...Read more

Alfanar Energy

Alfanar Energy entered India in 2016 and has commissioned a 50 MW wind project in Gujarat with turbines provided by Suzlon. It also won 300 MW share ...Read more

Public Investment Fund (PIF)

In June 2020, Saudi Arabia’s Sovereign Wealth funs, PIF, acquired 2.32% stake in Jio for INR 11,367 crore. The investment by PIF is at an equity ...Read more

India in Saudi Arabia

Wipro

Wipro Group has been present in the Saudi market for over 15 years. The company already has 1,200 IT professionals working in the country. The ...Read more

Tata Group

Manahil International Company, the new automotive arm of Mohamed Yousuf Naghi & Brothers Group (MYNG), is the sole authorised distributor of Tata ...Read more

Larsen & Toubro

L&T Electrical & Automation Saudi Arabia Company Ltd (LTEASA), formed in 2006, is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Larsen & Toubro. The ...Read more
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      • India produces 16% of the world's dyestuff and dye intermediates
      • The market size of the chemicals industry stood at $ 163 bn in 2017-18
      • India’s proximity to the Middle East, the world’s source of petrochemicals feedstock, adds to the economies of scale
      • India's chemicals industry is expected to reach $ 304 bn by 2025
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      • It's home to the world's largest solar plant (648 MW) and solar park (2 GW)
      • India is also ranked the 2nd most attractive renewable energy market in 2017
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                - 100 GW of solar power
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      • Indian food and retail market is projected to touch $828.9 bn by 2020
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      • Annual household consumption is expected to treble by 2030, making India the 5th largest consumer globally
      • India is the world's largest milk producing nation
      • There are 17 functional and 42 sanctioned Mega Food Parks
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      • India's construction sector is expected to record a CAGR of 15.7% to reach $ 738.5 bn by 2022
      • The industry contributes 55% share in the steel industry, 15% in the paint industry and 30% in the glass industry
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Recent Investments

PIF

Saudi Arabia's Public Investment Fund picks 2.04% stake in Reliance Retail Ventures Ltd

Saudi Arabia’s sovereign Public Investment Fund (PIF) is investing $1.3 bn to pick 2.04% equity stake in Reliance Retail Ventures Ltd (RRVL).

PIF

Reliance Industries Ltd sells 2.32% stake in its digital unit to Saudi Arabia's Public Investment Fund

Reliance Industries Ltd has sold a 2.32% stake in its digital unit to Saudi Arabia's Public Investment Fund for INR 11,367 crore. This is PIF's largest investment into the Indian economy to date and will generate significant long term commercial engagement between India and Saudi Arabia.

Maharashtra Government picks up site for $ 44 bn Aramco-ADNOC mega refinery

The state of Maharashtra has identified the site to set up a $ 44 bn mega oil refinery in partnership with Saudi Arabian and UAE-based oil companies - Saudi Aramco and ADNOC, respectively. This is based on the MoU signed by both the companies last year with a consortium of Indian national oil corporations. 

Saudi Arabian Mining Company signs 2 MoUs worth $ 2 bn with Indian Companies.

Saudi Arabian Mining Company (Ma'aden) signed two MoUs worth $ 2 bn with Indian companies - IPL Co. and KRIBHCO for transfer of 5 mn tonnes of phosphate fertilizers from Saudi Arabia to India.

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The Saudi Arabia Team at Invest India aims to facilitate and assist Saudi companies in their expansion plans into India. Working closely with various stakeholders including states and regulatory authorities, we bring to you a seamless experience in kick-starting your business in India.

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  • Entire spectrum of investment promotion – research, outreach, promotion, facilitation and aftercare
  • Initiating, attracting, facilitating and handholding Saudi investments across sectors
  • Providing information on investment opportunities across sectors and in specific projects 
  • Extending holistic support to the small and medium enterprises from Saudi with India interest

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