25 Arab L.Q. 103 (2011)
Legal Analysis of the New Saudi Procurement Regulations

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BRILL                Arab Law Quarterly 25 (2011) 103-114            brill.nl/alq
Legal Analysis of the New Saudi
Procurement Regulations
Ibrahim Alhudaithy
Assistant Professor and Head of the Legal Department,
King Saud University Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
Abstract
Improving procurement and developing better products and services have been priority
aims for the Saudi government since the 1990s. In the late 1990s, the government began
to introduce several economic and legislative changes with the intention of developing the
public sector. Among the main aims of this approach were simplification and moderniza-
tion of the Saudi public procurement regulations and opening up the competitiveness of
the market place. This article explores public procurement regulations in Saudi Arabia and
focuses in particular on analyzing the New Procurement Regulations and comparing the
New with the Old Code.
Keywords
legal analysis; new Saudi procurement regulations
1. Introduction
The Saudi Council of Ministers issued its Royal Decree No. M/58, dated
4/9/1427 AH (1 October 2006), to enact the New Code for Competition
and Government Procurement Regulations (hereafter called the New Code)
to supersede the Old Government Procurement Regulations' (hereafter
called the Old Code), and to end 30 years of the Old Code. The New
Code consists of 81 articles divided into 13 parts. In the Old Code, there
were 14 articles and 40 Implementing Regulations. The New Code starts
with main principles and ends with general regulations as explained in this
article.
I Government Procurement Regulations, Royal Decree No: M/14 dated 7/4/1397 AH
(1977).

Q Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, 2011

DOI: 10. 1163/1573025 10X531773

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