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Middle East Journal of Entrepreneurship, Leadership and Sustainable Development

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Unemployment numbers in Saudi society are very high. Thus, many institutions including the government initiate a various activities and project to promote employability and local talent employment. The scope of entrepreneurship development in Saudi Arabia is evident by primary industry. It is involved in the extracting natural resources and collecting them, and farming and fishing activities. They contributed largely to the growth of economy of Saudi as primary industries tends to make larger portion of developing countries than they do in developed countries. Entrepreneurial activities remain with the major groups and business houses as Saudi is a consumer society. These companies and entrepreneurs own and operate various businesses in hotel, catering, processing, retail, automobile and related, imports and distribution, education, restaurants, real estate, private airlines and banks, investment houses, shopping centers and high-rise buildings, oil, agriculture, and fast-moving consumer good manufacturing and processing. International franchise is also included ranging from United Colors of Benetton to PepsiCo and McDonalds for example. These have master franchisee mode of business which cannot generate mass entrepreneurial activity or Saudization as the individual franchisee does not come into play. While the kingdom hosts almost all international franchise brands in hotel, fast food, clothing, fashion, restaurant, etc. it still needs to feed the economy by manufacturing and specialized service alongside the primary sector. This will help massively in generating employment opportunities and stimulating economic activities that can trigger mass Saudization. The Gap Currently there is limited knowledge of academia, mangers and practitioners in the domain of entrepreneurship especially leadership, SME's, sustainable development and their relations to the Middle East. However, there has be an improved attention of stakeholders to this area of the world due to its strategic importance. Academic and applied journal output will contribute to bridging gap between limited knowledge available, its the importance for the Middle East and relating to the world.

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