Inside Saudi Arabia's Financial Sector This Week, in Pictures

(Bloomberg) -- Here’s a fresh take inside Saudi Arabia, the biggest economy in the Middle East and home to the world’s biggest petroleum fields. Gaining exclusive access as a western photographer, Bloomberg’s Simon Dawson captured images of the financial sector at work with visits to the trading floor of Alawwal Bank and at the Tadawul stock exchange.

Inside Saudi Arabia's Financial Sector This Week, in Pictures

Reaction on the floor of the Saudi Hollandi Bank, which is now rebranded as Alawwal Bank.

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Inside Saudi Arabia's Financial Sector This Week, in Pictures

The Tadawul All Share Index advanced 26 percent since Saudi Arabia’s record-breaking bond sale in October.

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Inside Saudi Arabia's Financial Sector This Week, in Pictures

Royal Bank of Scotland Group Plc (RBS) is a 40% partner in Alawwal Bank.

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Inside Saudi Arabia's Financial Sector This Week, in Pictures

Tadawul retreated 0.1 percent at the close on Nov. 28, ending a five-day winning streak.

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Inside Saudi Arabia's Financial Sector This Week, in Pictures

Saudi Arabia needs to urgently reduce its reliance on oil.

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Inside Saudi Arabia's Financial Sector This Week, in Pictures

Saudi Arabia is seeking to open up one of the world’s most closed stock markets to more international participation.

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