Partner With Us

As a respected partner and trusted advisor in the Middle East, North Africa and Turkey, or ‘the MENAT region’, Abdul Latif Jameel encourages and facilitates trading and investment opportunities that enable our partners and new markets to mutually prosper and strive for better.

To respond expeditiously to these opportunities, we have a range of highly experienced international business development professionals that you can contact at any of our strategic office locations in Japan, Saudi Arabia, Turkey and the United Arab Emirates.

A Bright Prospect

We see a wealth of commercial opportunities to leverage in the MENAT region, all of which are directed by our implicit goal to improve the 'infrastructure of life'  for the region's 470 million citizens.

Across the region, new doors are opening and new markets are thriving. We’re seeing growing populations of aspirational consumers, many of whom are increasingly of a more educated younger generation. And with these youthful, ambitious and connected populations, MENAT countries and governments are modernizing and developing at an incredible pace. The market is increasingly skewed toward the young, tech savvy, and upwardly mobile, and we’re mindful of their expectations and are working to meet them.

US$ 3.5tn+

aggregate GDP for 16 of the MENAT countries (2013 World Bank)

US$ 3.4tn+

residential construction industry by 2020 in the MENAT Region

The MENA region and Turkey are a fertile ground for private market activity.

CEO of PineBridge Investments ME
Gulf Business, 15 December 2013

Ready for Better

We’re committed to meeting the needs of the region by enabling development and opportunity.  It’s our goal to:

  • Deepen understanding of the opportunity and bright future of the MENAT region’s 16 countries, each full of potential and opportunity;
  • Reinforce our commitment to drive local job creation and vocational training wherever we do business;
  • Establish and facilitate trade and investment into the MENAT region, while improving people’s lives by addressing the economic, social, and infrastructural needs of the region.


Growth in the Middle East and North Africa is forecasted to average 4.2 percent in 2015.

Middle East and North Africa Economic Monitor, World Bank, 2014

Abdul Latif Jameel Ready for Better

Saudi Arabia

Abdul Latif Jameel’s domestic headquarters have been based in the beautiful Red Sea port of Jeddah since 1945 and we have an affiliated office in the country’s capital city of Riyadh. Jeddah is the largest city in Saudi Arabia’s Western Region and contains the largest port on the Red Sea.

Jeddah is an ideal location for global trade and logistics operations standing at the crossroads between East and West and on the sea lanes between Europe and the Asia-Pacific region.  The new King Abdulaziz International Airport serving the city will open in the middle of 2015 with an increased initial capacity accommodating 30 million passengers.

Saudi Arabia has a population of over 28 million and almost half of the population is under 25 years old.  Internet connectivity is higher than anywhere else in the MENAT region, and the country combines abundant natural resources along with global recognition as a leader in terms of ease of doing business.

Saudi Arabia was rated by the Word Bank as the world’s 3rd most favorable tax environment, and has the highest level of foreign direct investment in the MENAT region.  The country is ideally located for global trade and logistics with a booming consumer market and ideal fiscal conditions.

US$ 748bn+

GDP, 2014


forecast GDP growth (2015)

I am very confident that the talent and values are in place to make this region [MENAT] fit for the new realities that we have to face in the world.

Klaus Schwab, Founder and Executive Chairman, World Economic Forum

United Arab Emirates

Abdul Latif Jameel International is based in the Emirate of Dubai in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), and coordinates businesses in a number of international markets .

Dubai is a city of both commerce and tourism with plans to become a cultural hub in the region and also a ‘smart city’ through extensive digital connectivity.  It is also a major transport hub for air passengers and air/sea freight.

In late 2013, the Emirate of Dubai won the right to host Expo 2020, the first of the World Expos to be hosted in the Middle East.  In keeping with the entrepreneurial and pioneering spirit of the UAE, the theme of Expo 2020 is “Connecting Minds, Creating the Future”, and the event is expected to generate significant economic benefit for the region.

The seven individual Emirates that comprise the UAE have both extensive natural resources and strong financial sectors, contributing to a large annual GDP.

According to A.T. Kearney, the UAE is considered as the 11th most favourable international destinations for foreign direct investment, as it maintains an emphasis on free trade, with a free transfer of profits, revenues and assets, and low customs tariffs.

US$ 402bn+

GDP, 2014


forecast GDP growth (2015)

United Arab Emirates

Our vision is that we become one of the best governments in providing quality services, nurturing creative minds, building national talent, innovating solutions and adopting international best practices.

His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Prime Minister of the UAE


Abdul Latif Jameel affiliate, ALJ Holding AŞ, has conducted operations in Turkey since 1998 and bases its offices in Istanbul, the only city in the world located in both Europe and Asia.

Turkey is the 16th largest economy in the world and with a sizeable population of approximately 75 million people – 42% of whom are under the age of 25 – we view it as a country of significant opportunity.  Positioned as the bridge between continents, with access to 1.5 billion customers, Turkey is one of the most dynamic and exciting economies in the MENAT region.

US$ 822bn+

GDP, 2014


forecast GDP growth (2015)

Turkey has made considerable advances in competitiveness over the past decade, moving ahead 16 spots to number 43 in the World Economic Forum’s Global Competitiveness Index.

World Bank, 2014


To grow and facilitate trade between Asia and the MENAT region, we established the Abdul Latif Jameel General Trading Company in Tokyo in 1996.  The mission of this Asian hub office is to identify mutually beneficial opportunities for partnerships and inward investment opportunities into the MENAT region.  Our Asian office is actively looking to attract and incubate new business opportunities whether at the large corporate or small and medium enterprise (SME) level.

Our Tokyo-based team is ideally positioned being both English speaking Japanese nationals who also have deep experience and an implicit understanding of conducting business in the MENAT region.

Leveraging this regional expertise, we are identifying trade and partnership opportunities available to Asian businesses that now exist in multiple sectors including: 

  • Renewable energy
  • Land and real estate
  • Financial services
  • Automotive aftermarket parts

US$ 51.3bn+

value of UAE-Japan trade in 2014


largest trading partner of Saudi Arabia

The year 2015 marks the 60th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Japan and Saudi Arabia.

Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan

Tokyo Visitors’ Center

To complement our commitment to fostering ‘East-to-East’ trade we opened our unique new Tokyo Visitors’ Center at the front of our Japanese Trading Company offices in Tokyo in 2014. This unique, experiential interactive center serves to educate our corporate guests about the abundant opportunities to be found in the MENAT region, its youthful, diverse and tech-savvy population, the abundant arts and culture and Abdul Latif Jameel’s deep expertise and know-how in the region.

The Visitor’s Center also allows us to tell the almost 70-year narrative history of Abdul Latif Jameel and its operations at the heart of the exciting MENAT region.  This unique new facility is a tangible demonstration of our passionate desire to bridge the gap between Asian and Middle Eastern business cultures while helping our potential Asian investors identify opportunities for mutually beneficial inward investment into the MENAT region.

Learn more about our Tokyo Visitors’ Center