Government Tenders and Procurement in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

The Kingdom has strived to regulate procedures relating to government purchasing and procurement, thereby maximizing the utilization of public funds when contracting services, consultancy and non-consultancy services, etc. To regulate this process, the Government Tenders and Procurement Law was passed with its implementing regulations.

Goals of the Government Tenders and Procurement Law

  1. Regulating government tenders and procurement processes and preventing them from being influenced by personal interests, in protection of public funds. 
  2. Achieving maximum economic self-sufficiency for procuring government purchases and achieving its projects at fair and competitive prices. 
  3. Enhancing integrity, transparency, and competitiveness, and ensuring fair treatment of contractors; ensuring equal opportunity. 
  4. Achieving transparency at every step of the government procurement process. 

The Electronic Government Procurement System - Etimad Portal

The Electronic Government Procurement System, the Etimad Portal, is one of the cornerstones of the Kingdom’s e-government. It works to consolidate and facilitate the process of bidding and government procurement for all government sectors, enhancing transparency amongst sectors of government on the one hand, and among competing entities on the other. The portal allows the largest segment of competitors to access bids, enhancing competitiveness and improving the quality of government projects undertaken.  
The portal is an entirely digital gateway for posting government tenders, receiving invitations, obtaining fascicles, surveying bids and awarded contracts, with first preference being given to small and medium-sized businesses, which are exempt from preliminary insurance.


One year after launching Etimad portal, numbers show a significant increase in the number of government tenders and government purchases, as well as an increase in the number of contracts and awards, as detailed below:

Period Q1 2018 Q1 2019
Number of users 10,489 65,755
Number of tenders and purchases 9.074 40.415
Total value of contracts 4 billion+ 87 billion+
Total payment orders 114 75.423
Total value of payment orders 20 billion+ 112 billion+


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Last Modified Date: 24/11/2020 - 1:04 PM Saudi Arabia Time
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