New doors are opening and new markets are thriving across the region, and beyond.

We’re seeing growing populations of aspirational consumers, many of whom are increasingly of a more educated, younger generation. With these increasingly ambitious and connected populations, the MENAT countries and their governments are open for business and offer incredible potential.

There are numerous opportunities to create bilaterally beneficial business ties around the world. To facilitate an active and constructive dialogue and enable ourselves and our partners to realize this potential, we have established international business development hubs in Istanbul, Dubai and Tokyo.


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’re identifying trade and partnership opportunities available to Asian businesses that now exist in multiple sectors including:

  • Renewable energy
  • Land and real estate
  • Financial services
  • Transportation

The value of Japan’s bilateral trade with the GCC countries in 2014 approached US$ 165 billion, with Japan being Saudi Arabia’s second largest trading partner.  In September 2016, the Joint Group for the ‘Saudi-Japan Vision 2030’ was established heralding a new era of partnership between the two countries, with substantial potential to yield benefits that each alone would no be able to realize.  This mutually beneficial economic relationship also enables the two countries to explore untapped opportunities to invest across MENAT, Africa and Asia.

US$ 116bn+

value of Middle East-Japan trade in 2018


"Saudi-Japan Vision 2030 Business Forum" in Tokyo

The year marked the 60th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Japan and Saudi Arabia.
"The relationship of the two countries has now progressed to a strategic partnership"

Hiroshige Seko, Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry

Tokyo Visitors’ Center

We opened our new Tokyo Visitors’ Center at the front of our Japanese Trading Company offices in Tokyo in 2014, to further foster East-to-East trade.

This unique, interactive center educates our corporate guests about the abundant opportunities to be found in Saudi Arabia and across the MENAT region — its young and tech-savvy population, abundant arts and culture, and Abdul Latif Jameel’s deep expertise and know-how in the region.

The Visitors' Center also allows us to showcase more than 75-years of Abdul Latif Jameel's business heritage and its role as both investor, and investment partner, for many Japanese corporations including Toshiba, Sumitomo and over 60 years with Toyota, among others. This 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 region.

Learn more about our Tokyo Visitors’ Center


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.

Our businesses include vehicle distribution and retailing, pre-owned vehicle operations, aftermarket parts manufacturing and distribution, and financial services.

Positioned as the bridge between continents, with access to 1.6 billion customers, we see Turkey as one of the most dynamic and exciting economies in the MENAT region.


projected GDP growth by 2022 (IMF)

US$ 771 bn+

GDP, 2019 World Bank Data

Growth is expected to be 3 percent in 2020, led by private consumption and investment, accelerating further to 4 percent in 2021.

World Bank, 2019

International – Rest of World

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

As the international operations headquarters, the Dubai-based hub manages businesses outside Saudi Arabia across a range of industry sectors. With an experienced international business development and investments team, we focus on value creation and not only generating attractive returns but a sustainable contribution to the development of the markets in which we operate and the region as a whole.
We seek to uncover and identify high potential opportunities for ourselves and our partners.  Successfully bringing our investment and diversification experience and expertise to navigate both existing and new market sectors across the MENAT countries and worldwide. 

To discuss more about partnering with us in the MENAT region and beyond, contact us using the form below.

US$ 414bn+

GDP, 2019 World Bank Data


projected GDP growth by 2022 (IMF)

"I have faith and I look to the future; I want all people to share the same optimism about the future, so that we may work together to build it."

HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum
Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai

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