A Saudi Arabian private company under the Al-Qabba Group called Malaysian Centre plans to setup a Proton assembly plant in Saudi Arabia to market Proton cars in the Middle Eastern market. Malaysian Centre is currently talking to DRB-HICOM as their middlemen with Proton, and will be paying a visit to Malaysian soon to discuss the matter.

Sales targets would be 2,000 cars a year initially and these figures are expected to increase to 5,000 units a year by the year 2011.