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Ministry of Municipal and Rural Affairs and Housing issued almost 238,800 commercial licenses across the Kingdom in 2021, a decrease of 31% year-on-year (YoY).




As many as 62,300 new licenses were issued, accounting for 26% of total licenses, while 176,500 licenses, or 74% of total licenses, were renewed.











Total Number of Commercial Licenses in Saudi Arabia

Classification

2020

2021

Change

New commercial licenses

100944

62278

(38%)

Renewed commercial licenses

247229

176478

(29%)

Total issued commercial licenses

348173

238756

(31%)







The wholesale and retail trade accounted for 37%, 88,100 of total issued licenses in 2021. It was followed by electricity, gas, steam supply, and air conditioning with 73,800.


 




























Commercial Licenses by Activity in 2021

Activity

Number of Licenses

Percentage

Wholesale and retail trade

88067

36.9%

Electricity, gas, steam supply, and air conditioning

73790

30./9%

Food services

29229

12.2%

Manufacturing industries

13935

5.8%

Construction

13819

5.8%

Professional, academic and technical activities

4131

1.7%

Transportation and storage

3955

1.7%

Real estate activities

3226

1.4%

Art and entertainment

3194

1.3%

Health and social work

1696

0.7%

Financial and insurance activities

1536

0.6%

Information and communication

1004

0.4%

Education

767

0.3%

Water, sewage and waste

317

0.1%

Agriculture and fishing

66

0.03%

Mining

24

0.01%

Administrative services

General Administrationand Defense

Other services

Household activities

Organizations activities

Total

238756

100%