Embassy of Portugal in Saudi Arabia

Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Message from the Ambassador

Foto EmbaixadorI send my warm welcome to all of those who visit the website of the Embassy of Portugal in Riyadh. I hope this will be a useful tool for those interested in knowing more about Portugal and Saudi Arabia.

We have excellent relations, rooted in History and growing stronger by a reinforcement of the political, economic and interpersonal links in the last few years. There are good perspectives for their development. We have Portuguese citizens and companies operating here. And Saudis are becoming more and more curious about Portugal, in terms of tourism, commerce, investment, culture and sports.

Portugal is a modern, welcoming and stable country, with eight centuries of History and a large experience in opening itself to the world. That can be seen in our presence in the five continents or by the acknowledgement we receive for the way we receive those who visit us. We prize the Arabic influence we have in culture and language: there are thousands of Arabic words that we use daily in Portuguese – a global language, the sixth most spoken in the world. Portugal has tourism, industry and services that correspond to an innovative and diversified economy, offering great opportunities for trade and investment. The Embassy can provide information on this.

The Embassy’s team works in order to consolidate a new cycle in the bilateral relations between Portugal and Saudi Arabia, but also with Bahrain and Yemen. We maintain an institutional presence, we support people and companies, we provide consular services and we have increased our capacity of issuing visas collaborating with an external partner that made us easily accessible in Riyadh, Jeddah and AlKhobar.

While located in Riyadh, the Embassy can be approached and is able to serve, in the best possible way, all those who contact us from other places in Saudi Arabia, Bahrain or Yemen, whether they’re Portuguese or of any other nationality and who want to connect to our country.

The Embassy, with a small but dynamic team, with the recently opened Commercial Office (AICEP) and an active consular section, in a central and accessible location in Riyadh, will do its best to serve those who come to us. This website gives more information about our services.

You’re all invited to pay us a visit.

Manuel Carvalho
Ambassador of Portugal to Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Yemen