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About Poland

Poland is a modern country, with more thana1000-years of history–notable for its historical monuments, palaces and castles. The total area of Poland is 312 000 sq. km, with a population of over 38.5 million people, which makes it the biggest country in Central Europe, bordered by European Union countries, Ukraine, Belarus and Kaliningrad Oblast (a Russian exclave).
Poland joined European Union in 2004 and since 2007 it has been a member of the Schengen Area. Poland is a country of dynamic economic development, effective agricultural production and well-developed industry.

Poland’s economy managed to avoid a recession during the financial crisis and grew over 20% in 2007-2013! Last year its GDP was520 billion USD, which is one-third of new EU members’ GDP. The current export volume hits 153 billion EUR. Poland’s main economic sectors are: agriculture, mining, energy industry, metal production, motor vehicles, and electromechanical industry, including electronics and electro technology, transportation, foodstuffs industry, textile and clothing sector. Extraction and processing of raw materials is significant for the economy.

The Warsaw Stock Exchange is the largest exchange in the CEE region, with more than 400 listed companies.

Poland is a dynamically developing country, full of well educated citizens. The high standards of the Polish educational system are reflected in a high number of graduates – almost 2 million academic students each year. There are more than 450 universities in the country, including the Jagiellonian University in Cracow, the second oldest university in Central Europe founded in XIV century.

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Having a rich history, Poland gave birth and raised many significant people. Poland was one of the largest countries of XVI century Europe, stretched from the Baltics almost to Black Sea, with 1 million square kilometers (10% of Europe) – a half of the present-day territory of Saudi Arabia. Within the territory of Poland many important events took place, having a significant impact on future history: battles as well as inventions, discoveries and scientific works(e.g. De revolutionibus by Nikolas Copernicus ).Many remarkable men lived and worked in the country –like a composer and virtuoso pianist FrédéricChopin.

Nowadays Poland is entering the new golden age, says prestigious The Economist, becoming the sixth-largest economy in the EU. Poland has been rising in global economic and investment rankings and has been ranked5th in Europe and 20th in the world. Clean environment and well-developed agri-food industry makes Poland a leader in food-exporting countries in Europe (and the biggest apple exporter in the world!).

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Tourists

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Rehabilitation and medical centers

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Very low mobile communication costs

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There are a few flights a day from Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to Poland

What Poland and people have to offer?

For tourists : the beauty of country and cordial people but also highways development, modernization of railways, high-tech airport infrastructure and convenient airline connections around the world (there are 11 international airports in Poland), 200 four-star hotels and over 50 five-star ones, SPA’s, sea-coast, mountains, lake reserves and forests. Winters are rather cold and snowy while summers are generally warm (the average temperature varies between -20°C and even 40°C).

Rehabilitation and medical centers, invasive treatment and natural medicine, salt and radon caves –offering a natural therapy option for respiratory illnesses, unique iodine treatment for thyroid disease (with iodine-rich Baltic Sea air), the ‘forest therapy’ for hypertension, crane therapy for digestive and neurological disorders, liver diseases, stress-related illnesses, hypertension and female diseases. Special fit therapy for men and woman.

Cusine  in thousands of restaurants offering traditional Polish dishes as well as Italian, Japanese or Indian food, serving all kinds of meat (chicken, beef, pork), lots of vegetables and fruit.

Very low mobile communication costs. There are four mobile operators, selling SIM card with a phone number – just take a telephone or pay the equivalent of 200 SAR (1 PLN≈ 1 SAR).

There are a few flights a day from Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to Poland, with only one change in Germany, Turkey (Istanbul), Qatar (Doha) or in the United Arab Emirates (Dubai).

Polish-Saudi Relations

The first Polish pilgrimages to Mecca were undertaken in XVI century. In the beginning of XIX century Count Wacław Rzewuski, who had travelled the Middle East, described the heartland of what is today’s Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and people of that time. The original chronicle of the trip, while highly important for Saudis, is deposited in the National Library in Warsaw.

Poland was the sixth country that gave recognition to the Kingdom ofSaudi Arabia, established in 1930s.In 1930 King Abdulaziz received in Jeddah the official Polish delegation led by Count Edward Raczyński. Two years later Prince Faisal paid a visit to Poland. In Warsaw, Faisal was received with all honors(the documentation of the visit is available in the Polish National Digital Archive).

After World War II, diplomatic relations between the two countries were re-established in 1996. The President of Poland Aleksander Kwaśniewski came to Riadh  in 2005 and King Abdullah visited Poland in 2007.Five years later Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk has taken part in the Polish-Saudi Business Forum in Riyadh where hehad talks with the King. In 2013 President Bronisław Komorowski visited Saudi Arabia. There were also numerous official visits paid by the government delegations and businessmen from Poland.

In 2000 they signed an agreement to setup a mutual chamber of commerce.

Currently the total number of Muslims in Poland is estimated at around 20 000. A continuous presence of Islam in Poland is associated with the Tatars, many of whom has settled 400 year ago in northeastern part of the country. Muslims have built mosques and praying house – the biggest are in Warsaw and Gdańsk.

Important and valuable information about Polish economy are also here

Important and valuable information about Polish economy are also here

Learn more: doingbusiness.org

Polish Saudi Business Council

Polish Saudi Business Council

Learn more: polsaudbc.com