Deals executed across asset classes and industry sectors


Team of investment, strategy and operational executives


Shareholdings in companies worldwide


Employees across investee companies globally

Our activities are undertaken by three investment arms - the Sara Holding, Safanad and Arcola.​​​​​​

While the Sara Holding makes and manages local investments in Saudi Arabia and across the MENA region, Safanad, which was established with the backing of Bahamdan in 2009, is a global principal investment vehicle used to execute and manage the Group’s global assets including investments in real estate, private equity and public markets.

Safanad was created at a time of market dislocation to exploit opportunities following the global financial crisis. It is a hybrid of a family office, endowment and asset manager, taking the best characteristics of each. Arcola acts as a supporting entity, serving as the Group’s liquidity and wealth management platform and the manager of its investments into global securities.

Today the Group has investments across multiple asset classes and industries including substantial holdings in the financial services, education, healthcare, real estate, telecommunications and media, aviation, industrial and construction sectors..

While we have become seasoned investors in each of these areas, the Group has particularly deep roots in the financial services and investment arena. Importantly, it is this heritage that informs our views, shapes our approach and enhances our ability to effectively structure and manage our investments across sectors. Also supporting our ability to unlock value from the assets in which we invest is our strong knowledge of both regional and international markets and the access we provide to a broad network of industry experts around the world.

Our investments, which are made independently and alongside well respected partners, range from start-up ventures to established growth businesses and turnaround situations, which not only require capital but access to the expertise, know-how and business acumen that defines ​


“Bahamdan's cultural identity is based on alignment of i​nterests and shared principles that guide the way we do business across the group”​​​​​​​​​​​