The master developer of KAEC is Emaar, The Economic City (EEC).
A Tadawul-listed real estate development and management company, EEC’s primary focus is the planning and development of KAEC. When it launched its successful IPO in July 2006, EEC made history: more than half of the Saudi population subscribed. EEC is headed by Emaar Properties PJSC and a number of high-profile investors from Saudi Arabia.
The sole regulator of KAEC is the Economic Cities Authority (ECA), headquartered in KAEC. With a comprehensive scope and a wide spectrum of incentives for investors and residents alike, ECA offers privileged regulations, including: 100% foreign ownership for individuals and organizations, seaport and bonded zone regulations, and ease of access to permits and licenses related to residing, working, operating businesses, and owning and managing properties.