Saudi Arabia

In-depth country-focused analysis on Saudi Arabia's economic, political and operational risk environment, complemented by detailed sector insight

Our comprehensive assessment of Saudi Arabia's operating environment and the outlook for its leading sectors are formed by bringing together a wealth of data on global markets that affect Saudi Arabia, as well as the latest industry developments that could impact Saudi Arabia's industries. This unique integrated approach has given us an impeccable track-record for predicting important shifts in the markets, ensuring you’re aware of the latest market opportunities and risks in Saudi Arabia before your competitors.

Saudi Arabia Country Risk

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Core Views Continued heavy spending on the part of the government indicates its ongoing concerns about the need to shore up its key bases of support, given the persistent threat of public unrest....

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Saudi Arabia Industry Coverage (23)

Agribusiness

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BMI View: Saudi Arabia will increasingly be dependent on global grain supply, as the country has decided to phase out domestic grain production in a bid to preserve the country's water supply....

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Autos

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New car sales have seen impressive growth in Saudi Arabia year-to-date, rising by a reported 12% over H114, to 408,073 units. June was a particularly strong month, with sales rising by 19% year-on-...

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Commercial Banking

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Commercial Banking Sector Indicators Date Total assets Client loans Bond portfolio Other Liabilities and capital Capital Client deposits Other...

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Consumer Electronics

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BMI   View : The mid- to high-end consumer electronics devices market in Saudi Arabia will experience strong value growth during our forecast period, through to 2018, on the back of rising...

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Defence & Security

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BMI View:   Within an extremely complex region, Saudi Arabia's security and defence situation faces a number of challenges both on the internal and external front. BMI thinks that Saudi Arabia'...

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Food & Drink

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BMI View:  Latest data released by Saudi Arabia's Central Department of Statistics (CDoS) shows that the Saudi economy grew at an annual rate of 4.7% in the first quarter of 2014, slightly above...

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Freight Transport

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It is a mixed picture for the Saudi Arabian freight transport sector in 2014 and 2015. A number of the Kingdom's ports are expected to see another year of throughput declines in 2014, though we...

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Information Technology

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BMI View:  Saudi Arabia offers compelling growth opportunities for IT solution providers across multiple industry verticals owing to the kingdom's strong macro fundamentals and the government's...

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Infrastructure

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BMI View :  Saudi Arabia has emerged as one of our choice markets for both scale and growth opportunities over our 10 year forecast period to 2023. We see 2015 being a bumper year of real growth...

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Insurance

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BMI View:   Looking ahead to 2015 and beyond, we anticipate that Saudi Arabia's insurance sector will record solid growth across both segments, thanks largely to its expanding economy. The non-...

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Medical Devices

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Espicom Industry View:   The outlook for Saudi Arabia ' s medical device market is slightly less positive following a revision to our product category expenditure foreca sts. Nevertheless,...

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Metals

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BMI View : S audi Arabian meta ls consumption growth is set for rapid growth over the coming years as the country embarks on a construction boom. We forecast strong growth in steel production...

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Mining

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We expect to see strong growth in the mining sector of the Middle East and North Africa over the coming years. With low base effects, governmental will to increase non-oil revenues and significant...

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Oil & Gas

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BMI View: In an attempt to maintain crude oil export shares in Asia and with increasing use of domestic crude for its refineries, we expect Saudi output to remain stable over the coming months...

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Petrochemicals

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BMI View : Saudi petrochemicals margins have improved in recent quarters as a result of growth in external markets. However, costs of production are rising, while the establishment of new p lants...

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Pharmaceuticals & Healthcare

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BMI View:   Saudi Arabia's economic, demographic, epidemiological and political factors will shape the provision of healthcare across the nation. Healthcare spending will be greatly boosted by...

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Power

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BMI View:   We have maintained our outlook for Saudi Arabia this quarter and we expect the kingdom's power sector to register signi ficant growth over our 10 -year forecast period to 2023...

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Real Estate

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BMI View:   The Saudi Arabia n commercial real estate sector is enjoying a growing status as a destination for international investment. The government continues to spearhead development of...

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Retail

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BMI View:   As a market with substantial untapped potential and a vibrant economy, Saudi Arabia is extremely attractive to foreign retailers. Further opportunities are likely to arise in 2015...

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Shipping

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There is a mixed picture for Saudi ports in 2014, with a number of the major facilities looking likely to endure a second consecutive year of contractions. However, throughput at Saudi ports will be...

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Telecommunications

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BMI View:   T he   biggest growth area in Saudi Arabia's telecoms market is high-value services for corporate and individual customers. This view is supported by operators' fi nancial and...

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Tourism

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BMI maintains a broadly optimistic stance towards the Saudi Arabian tourism sector at the mid-point of 2014. We forecast 8.6% growth in tourist arrivals from all regions in 2014, with tourism...

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Water

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BMI View: The Saudi Arabian water sector remains one of the most active in the region and offers some of the greatest opportunities to private sector participants. In particular, we highlight the...

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