Having the right company insurance gives you more than just a good night's sleep. It is fundamental to
the protection and management of your business. It's hard to get the equilibrium right too: some will try to
get away with minimal insurance, whereas others will overindulge on insurance they don't really need.
The easiest way to evade this is to consult an expert. They will advise you on the appropriate insurance
for your company.
Paying insurance premiums is always going to appear onerous, but can you really afford to be without
sufficient coverage? More importantly, can your company afford it? This is especially true to setting up
overseas. As a foreign business, you are susceptible to infractions, accidents, even disasters, which you
will not be accustomed to in the UK. You only have to look over the past few years to see how many
people in both the East and West that have been afflicted by natural disasters.
It is advised you seek out a reputable insurance broker, who will not only be able to recommend the exact
insurance needs for your company, but also compare deals and negotiate cost-effective packages. They
will also be able to inform you of any legal requirements that you may not be aware of.
Generally, there are four main types of insurance:
Public Liability Insurance
Building and content insurance
By law, all vehicles must be insured to a third party liability level. There are two predominant policies to
choose from: third party and comprehensive insurance. If a claim is made against you for personal
injuries and legal costs, then third party injury insurance is required.
Comprehensive vehicle insurance covers damages caused to your own car by you, as well as injury,
property damage, fire and theft.
This type of insurance covers you and your employees in the event of sickness, accident or illness.
An employer must provide accident or sickness cover for their employees. However, self-employed
people are not covered by employee compensation, and therefore need to cover themselves through a
private insurer. There are various types of insurance available, such as income protection, trauma, life
Public Liability Insurance
This is a compulsory form of cover, and protects from claims by third parties against negligence, death,
injury, loss and damage of property, and economic or financial loss.
Building and Contents Insurance
This insurance covers your property and its contents and/or stock against fire, water and other damages
such as earthquakes, lightning, storms, explosions, burglary and theft.
There are a handful of insurances that are tailored to meet your day-to-day needs and cover you in the
event of damage or injury to yourself or other persons, as well as assets and property.
You must get car insurance in Saudi. It is definitely best to shop around for the best deal. Saudi car
insurance, like in many other Arab states, can be expensive, generally because drivers are remarkably
less cautious. Car insurance can be bought through a motor dealership, but will be costly. Try obtaining
yours through an insurance broker first before plunging into any deal; they will invariably give you better
Private health insurance is another thing you may want to consider upon arriving in Saudi. There are
many companies dealing in private health insurance. Private patients generate higher earnings for
medical professionals and therefore will invariably be consulted by senior doctors. A private patient can
also request a doctor who speaks their native language.
A comprehensive health insurance package in Saudi can cost anywhere between ?20 and ?50 a month,
depending on your needs.
Home Insurance in Saudi covers the contents of your home in the event of fire, water damage, theft and
vandalism. The cost of home insurance generally depends on what it would cost to replace your home
and exactly which additional contents you have insured alongside it. In this instance, home insurance is
particular to each case, as opposed to universal.
Life insurance isn't just something to think about when you reach old age. In fact, the earlier you take it
out, the better deal you get. Insurers are more likely to give a better deal to someone who is young and
healthy than old and ill. Even if you have no family or dependents to worry about, there are still very good
reasons for you to invest in life insurance.
Life insurance isn't really a country-specific affair, like health or vehicle cover is. It is tailored to your
individual circumstances and needs.
It is important to know the kinds of life insurance available to you. Typically, these are term/temporary
insurance and investment/permanent insurance.
Term insurance invariably provides compensation and benefits to a family or dependent in the case of
death within the terms outlined in the policy. It ensures that, in the instance of death, the people you leave
behind are not left in financial turmoil.
Investment-type insurance will be inclusive of endowment and 'whole of life' policies, and is valid for as
long as premium payments are made. Technically, part of the premium is invested and will build in value.
It can even be cashed before you die. Therefore, the earlier you buy, the more will accumulate, the more
you can reclaim.
It is essential to remember, that, when looking for a life insurer, you shop around. It is imperative that you
get a deal to suit your needs. So, with this in mind, not only are you looking for a good price, but a
suitable, individual policy. Ask yourself what you need from a life insurance policy. There are many
people that can help you deduce which company and policy is most appropriate for you, and there are
many price comparison sites located on the internet.