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Saudi Arabia Insurance Industry - Governance, Risk and Compliance

Saudi Arabia Insurance Industry - Governance, Risk and Compliance


GlobalData’s 'Saudi Arabia Insurance Industry - Governance, Risk and Compliance' report is the result of extensive research into the insurance regulatory framework in Saudi Arabia.

It provides detailed analysis of the insurance regulations for life, property, motor, liability, personal accident and health, and marine, aviation and transit insurance. The report specifies various requirements for the establishment and operation of insurance and reinsurance companies and intermediaries.

The report brings together GlobalData’s research, modeling and analysis expertise, giving insurers access to information on prevailing insurance regulations, and recent and upcoming changes in the regulatory framework, taxation and legal system in the country. The report also includes the scope of non-admitted insurance in the country.

Key Highlights

- The SAMA regulates the insurance industry of Saudi Arabia.
- 49% FDI is permitted in the Saudi Arabian insurance industry.
- Composite insurance is permitted in Saudi Arabia; provided composite insurers have separate risk managers, reinsurance managers and separate investments for life and general insurance business.
- Non-admitted insurers and intermediaries are not permitted, with a few exceptions.
- Motor third-party liability insurance and workmen’s compensation insurance are the key compulsory classes of insurance.


- The report covers details of the insurance regulatory framework in Saudi Arabia.
- The report contains details of the rules and regulations governing insurance products and insurance entities.
- The report lists and analyzes key trends and developments pertaining to the country’s insurance regulatory framework.
- The report analyzes the rules and regulations pertaining to the establishment and operation of insurance businesses in the country.
- The report provides details of taxation imposed on insurance products and insurance companies.

Reasons to Buy

- Gain insights into the insurance regulatory framework in Saudi Arabia.
- Track the latest regulatory changes, and expected changes impacting Saudi Arabian insurance industry.
- Gain detailed information about the key regulations governing the establishment and operation of insurance entities in the country.
- Understand key regulations and market practices pertaining to various types of insurance product.

Table of Contents
1.1 What is this Report About?
1.2 Definitions
2.1 Legislation Overview and Historical Evolution
2.2 Latest Changes in Regulation
2.3 Legislation and Market Practice by Type of Insurance
2.3.1 Life insurance
2.3.2 Property insurance
2.3.3 Motor insurance
2.3.4 Liability insurance
2.3.5 Marine, aviation and transit insurance
2.3.6 Personal accident and health insurance
2.4 Compulsory Insurance
2.4.1 Motor third-party liability insurance
2.4.2 Social insurance system
2.4.3 Health insurance for visitors
2.4.4 Health insurance for private sector employees
2.4.5 Third-party liability insurance for high-risk facilities
2.4.6 Professional indemnity insurance for insurance intermediaries
2.4.7 Liability insurance for ships with respect to oil pollution
2.4.8 Unemployment insurance
2.5 Supervision and Control
2.5.1 International Association of Insurance Supervisors
2.5.2 Saudi Arabian Monetary Authority
2.5.3 Capital Market Authority
2.6 Non-Admitted Insurance Regulations
2.6.1 Overview
2.6.2 Intermediaries
2.6.3 Market practices
2.6.4 Fines and penalties
2.7 Company Registration and Operations
2.7.1 Type of insurance organization
2.7.2 Establishing a local company
2.7.3 Foreign ownership
2.7.4 Types of license
2.7.5 Capital requirements
2.7.6 Solvency margin
2.7.7 Reserve requirements
2.7.8 Investment regulations
2.7.9 Statutory return requirements
2.7.10 Fee structure
2.8 Taxation
2.8.1 Insurance premium or policy taxation
2.8.2 Withholding taxes on premium paid overseas
2.8.3 Corporate tax
2.8.4 VAT
2.8.5 Captives
2.9 Legal System
2.9.1 Introduction
2.9.2 Access to court
2.9.3 Alternative dispute resolution (ADR)
3.1 Methodology
3.2 Contact GlobalData
3.3 About GlobalData
3.4 GlobalData’s Services
3.5 Disclaimer

List of Tables
Table 1: Insurance Industry Definitions
Table 2: Saudi Arabia - Insurance Regulatory Framework Key Features
Table 3: Saudi Arabia - Life Insurance Regulatory Framework
Table 4: Saudi Arabia - Property Insurance Regulatory Framework
Table 5: Saudi Arabia - Motor Insurance Regulatory Framework
Table 6: Saudi Arabia - Liability Insurance Regulatory Framework
Table 7: Saudi Arabia - Investment Limits for Insurance Companies
Table 8: Saudi Arabia - Corporate Tax Rates for the Financial Year 2020

List of Figures
Figure 1: Saudi Arabia - Insurance Supervision and Control at Various Levels
Figure 2: Saudi Arabia - Insurance Regulatory Frameworks for Company Registration and Operation

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