HKA consolidates its leading position and long history in Saudi Arabia

HKA, a leading global consultancy in risk mitigation, dispute resolution, expert witness and litigation support services, has consolidated its leading position in the sector – and long-term presence on the ground in Saudi Arabia with the official grant of its Regional Headquarters (RHQ) License.

The risk mitigation, advisory and construction expert firm gained its license under the regional headquarters programme from the Ministry of Investment of Saudi Arabia (MISA) on January 11th.  HKA is believed to be one of the first major international consultancy firms in the construction claims and expert sector to gain regional HQ status under the programme. This became a prerequisite for conducting business with state bodies, and for special tax incentives, with effect from January 1st, 2024.

HKA, whose global headquarters is in the United Kingdom, has long-established offices both in Jeddah and Riyadh, supporting its work for Saudi clients and capital projects that stretches back more than two decades.

Making the announcement, Jad Chouman, HKA’s Partner and Head of Middle East, said it reflected the firm’s growth strategy for the buoyant Saudi market and the wider region. “The ambitious economic diversification underway in Saudi Arabia mirrors our own rapid growth, not only in construction claims and expert witness services, but also our wider offerings in forensic accounting and commercial damages, forensic technical services, and advisory services,” Chouman explained.

“HKA’s long-term commitment to the Saudi market dates back some 40 years, with our Jeddah and Riyadh offices having operated for over 15 years.  The confirmation of our RHQ License is an exciting and natural evolution of our continued commitment to the region.”

Amanda Clack, HKA Partner and Regional CEO for EMEA

Husam Gawish, Partner and Head of Saudi Arabia Operations emphasised that HKA’s local operations met all the programme’s eligibility requirements. “We have a strong team in the country composed of senior managers, consultant experts, and administrative staff, and it’s expanding.”

“We’re experiencing growth across all sectors,” Gawish added. “As with the national economy, oil and gas remains vibrant, but our workload in construction generally, including infrastructure, buildings and tourism development, is increasingly significant.”

The consultancy has steadily expanded its historically contractor-centred business over the years and now serves a wide client base spanning both private and public sectors. Recent commissions involve strategic advisory services for several Vision 2030 gigaprojects.


Headquartered in the UK, HKA is a leading global consultancy in risk mitigation, dispute resolution, expert witness and litigation support services.

HKA brings a proud record of excellent service and high achievement to bear on today’s challenges. As trusted independent consultants, experts and advisers, we help clients manage disputes, risk and uncertainty on complex contracts and challenging projects. Our advice is impartial, incisive and authoritative.

We work with government agencies, local authorities, contractors, legal firms, and other professional service providers, as well as owners and operators, financial institutions and insurers. HKA’s global portfolio includes some of the world’s largest and most prestigious commissions across a wide range of industries, including aerospace and defence, buildings, energy and natural resources, environment and climate change, financial services, healthcare and life sciences, industrial and manufacturing, marine and shipping, mining and metals, oil and gas, power and utilities, real estate and tourism, sports and entertainment, technology, media and telecoms, and transportation infrastructure.

HKA has in excess of 1,000 experts, consultants and advisors across 45+ offices in 17 countries with the skills and experience that are essential to get to the heart of even the most complex issues. Our people have vast first-hand experience spanning all major industries and the world’s most complex megaprojects, as well as an international track record of achieving successful outcomes.

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NameJude Wilson-Brown
TitleMarketing and Communications Director, Middle East and Africa
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