PetroSaudi International ltd, which was founded by Tarek Essam Ahmad Obaid in 2005, is one of the biggest players in the arena of privately owned oil exploration and production companies.

The company has offices in England, Switzerland and Saudi Arabia, and is involved in many energy investments (excluding energy explorations). Over the years, PetroSaudi International has undertaken several projects in strategic energy regions like the Middle East and Latin America.

PetroSaudi trades natural gas, LPG, jet fuel, gasoline, chemical feedstock and related products in global markets. The company also provides services related to exploration geophysics and geology, oilfield constructions and operations, reservoir engineering, export management, development planning, HSE management and drilling operations compliant with environment protection and global health and safety measures.

In 2013, PetroSaudi established PetroSaudi Energy & Trading (PSENTRA), an oil trading and supply company.

ESG awareness is expressed on their website through the following quote: “Throughout all our operations, we ensure the current environmental conditions are meticulously preserved for the enjoyment of future generations”

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Golden Grass Inc.

Golden Grass Inc. is a business focused on contracting and agriculture that’s based in Riyadh. First established in 1982, the company focuses much of its efforts in the areas of farm management, the processing of food and finding trading partners when it comes to agrochemicals. Yet the construction of various building all have the company’s imprint attached.

By 1984, Golden Grass took advantage of the surging economy that marked life in the Kingdom during that decade. At the time, the lone crop being grown was wheat, though the scope of operations has far expanded upon that limited vision.

Since that time, vegetables, potatoes and sesame are some of the items harvested within a single year. At the same time, long-term strategies focus on the planning of trees that can now harvest fruits, nuts and olives. The latter item has only recently reached a stage where it’s become a viable commodity. The most effective product harvested has been peanuts, so much so that the company now holds the distinction of maintaining the Middle East’s largest peanut farm.

Protecting those crops has greatly improved the crop yields of many items, using a number of different herbicides, fungicides and insecticides. Due to the infrastructure the company helped set up, a smooth-running distribution network is in place to prevent the spread of any crop-killing diseases.

The number of different structures that Golden Grass has helped build include not only those for use by various commercial businesses but also hospitals and residential homes.

Despite having been in business for more than three decades, Golden Grass still shows signs of being a growth company. Just within the past year, the firm has been able to see its employee base grow by 23 percent, with additional increases expected during the course of 2016.



Qaym is a Riyadh-based company whose main business can probably be best defined as an Arab version of Yelp. That’s because the main focus of the company is to solicit reviews of restaurants, bakeries, and cafes. In addition, those eating at such places are encouraged to offer a sense of the social atmosphere within each particular place. While its focus seeks to encompass the Arab market, especially within Saudi Arabia, future growth expectations are aimed at making it a worldwide entity.

The firm was founded by the duo of Jihad Alammar and Ziyad Alghannam, with the website that’s used as a conduit for those reviews first tested in beta form in 2007. The following year, Qaym was officially launched and by 2011, an app was created to take full advantage of the exploding mobile market. The popularity of that app is such that it’s become the most downloaded app within the Kingdom.

As with any 21st Century company, Qaym also has a social media component, which allows for debate that can sometimes achieve a more accurate consensus on the quality of the place in question. The opportunity to present photos of the place in question and the specific items sampled are also possible. Finally, it’s also set up to breed a better business-to-business relationship and allows those companies that are just beginning the opportunity to create immediate awareness.

The status of Qaym as a startup company has meant that funding for such growth first involved angel investors Nichola Eliovits and Abdulrahman Tarabzouni. Subsequently, National Net Venture, which specifically invests its capital on established web and mobile companies with growth potential, added additional funds. The timing of Qaym’s launch almost perfectly coincided with a greater adoption of the internet as a learning tool in the Arab world.


Imdad Logistics

Imdad Logistics began in Saudi Arabia in 2009 as a company focused on helping businesses expand their base of operations through a careful assessment of the market. In less than a decade, the careful attention to detail that’s been a hallmark of the company has allowed it to grow outside of the Kingdom. Presently, additional offices in Jordan, Lebanon and Morocco exist to help businesses in those countries follow suit.

The role of Imdad’s staff has been one to facilitate smooth operations by bringing in experts in the expansive field of logistics. Looking at things from a management perspective, providing accurate audits, crafting winning business plans and making systems operational are all within the areas of the company’s focus.

Dealing with companies through the Middle East and Africa offers unique challenges that requires the sort of background and focus that Imdad can provide. Given the different economic structures that can quickly derail supply chains for a business, Imdad explores all avenues in making sure that not areas are overlooked.

When it comes to logistics management, this is offered to both companies starting out and those with legacies of success. The span of any consultancy is dependent upon the individual circumstances, which may mean only short stays to get things going or a lengthy one for more complicated endeavors.

Determining the right system for a company requires a careful examination of a company’s overall business plan, which is why Imdad takes the time to explore each available system. That ensures that the company’s approach will be in sync with its goals.

The viability of these skills has been proven by companies and institutions in both the public and private sector. Imdad’s level of success can be seen by the continuing growth of its client list.


Bilfal Heavy Industries

Bilfal Heavy Industries is located in Jubail Industrial City and was established on June 23, 1983. The company had spent its formative years during the 1970’s specifically within the construction industry but soon evolved by creating a manufacturing sector.

Since that time, the scope of Bilfal’s business has greatly expanded to both develop the infrastructure for firms and put its engineering skills on display. This allows for the manufacture of a variety of items and helps provide the management required for complicated jobs.

Bilfal also has a branch based in Yanbu and is owned by the FAL Group and the Al-Bilad Group, with each owning 50 percent of the company.

Items such as spheres, storage tanks, heat exchangers, pressure valves and reactors are some of the things designed and manufactured by Bilfal. In addition, undertaking projects that focus on offshore work, the concept of desalination and the creation of furnaces are also within their skill set. The desert climate makes all desalination projects important for not only business operations but for simple quality of life.

Being based in Saudi Arabia also means establishing a close connection with the oil and gas industry. This has resulted in the construction of plants that focus on things like gas compression and separation, water injection and regasification. Refining is also taken into consideration, with skills in the areas of desulphurization, hydrocracking and hydrotreating among an array of abilities.

Having established a strong reputation over more than three decades, Bilfal has been able to progressively build its impressive client base. Among that prestigious list are some of the Kingdom’s largest businesses, including Saudi Aramco, SABIC Group Petrochemical Companies and the Saline Water Conversion Company, better known by its acronym, SWCC. That’s led to a current workforce of more than 500 employees.