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 (22)

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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BMI has become more optimistic about the medium-term outlook for Saudi new vehicle sales over the past quarter. We are now targeting 24% growth over the 2014-17 period, up from 17% previously. This...

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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 : A government policy to reduce Saudi Arabia's reliance on foreign workers is having a negative impact on the sales of mobile handsets in the kingdom. Local retailers are reporting...

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Defence & Security

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Like many aspects of Saudi Arabia's security posture, the country has traditionally been highly secretive regarding the size of its defence budget. It does not reveal or publish its annual spending...

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Food & Drink

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BMI View: We expect the Saudi Arabian economy to perform well throughout the coming quarters, on the back of minor gains in oil output and the continuing strength of non-hydrocarbon private...

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Freight Transport

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The outlook for the Saudi Arabian freight transport sector is upbeat. Although some ports saw an estimated contraction in either gross tonnage or container handling, or both, in 2013, 2014 will see...

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Information Technology

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BMI View: IT is central to Saudi Arabia's modernisation and economic diversification plans. We expect the government's efforts to achieve both goals, and other growth and development targets, to...

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Infrastructure

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BMI View : Saudi Arabia remains one of the most lucrative construction markets in the Middle East, with the government pumping billions into infrastructure and construction projects. That said,...

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Insurance

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BMI View: As of late 2013, the latest results from Saudi Arabia's listed insurance companies (in relation to 2012) highlight the weaknesses rather than the (undoubted) strengths of the sector....

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Medical Devices

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Espicom Industry View: There has been a very modest deterioration in the operating environment for medical device firms in Saudi Arabia over recent months. This is exemplified by the growth in...

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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: We expect Saudi crude production to remain elevated but decline in 2014 and 2015. This view is based on rising non-OPEC supplies, assumed growth in Iraqi production and the potential of...

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Petrochemicals

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Saudi Arabia's petrochemicals sector is the country's fastest growing and most significant industrial sector after crude oil production and is set to become ever more important as producers diversify...

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Pharmaceuticals & Healthcare

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BMI View: Despite some issues over its intellectual property (IP) regime, Saudi Arabia will continue to present a considerable longer-term opportunity for pharmaceutical companies. The Kingdom...

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Power

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BMI View: Our upbeat view of Saudi Arabia's power sector is predicated on our comparatively robust macroeconomic forecasts for the Kingdom as well as the fact it is advancing some of the...

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Real Estate

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BMI View: We believe that the real estate sector in Saudi Arabia will remain generally stable in 2014 with the potential for small growth of rental rates in Jeddah and a slight decrease for...

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Retail

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BMI View: Saudi Arabia's retail sector is expected to grow steadily over the next few years on the back of strong economic growth, rising disposable incomes, increasing acceptance of the concept...

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Shipping

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Saudi ports are expected to have healthy growth in 2014, following a year of contractions for many of the facilities in 2013, though we note that these contractions followed a year of extraordinary...

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Telecoms

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BMI View: We now expect a more tempered subscriptions growth during our forecast period ending in 2017. This is partly because of slower than expected growth during the first nine months of the...

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Tourism

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Our tourism report for Saudi Arabia examines the significant long-term potential offered by the industry but highlights the potential downward pressure that regional uncertainty could have on arrival...

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Water

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BMI View: We feel that Saudi Arabia has solidified its place as a major player in the world water market as the pressure on the existing water system continues to mount, prompting large...

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