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 remains positive on the medium-term outlook for Saudi new vehicle sales at the mid-point of 2014. We are currently targeting around 19% sales growth over the 2014-18 period. This should see...

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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 fter a challenging 2013, which we estimate saw a contraction in sales for all three segments of the Saudi market, the market is expected to recover from 2014. There are...

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Defence & Security

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BMI View: According to a report published in April 2014 by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute, Saudi Arabia is in the top 23 spenders on arms, having more than doubled its...

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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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The outlook for the Saudi Arabian freight transport sector is broadly upbeat. Although some ports saw a 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: the Saudi Arabian IT market is set to remain the biggest in the Gulf region over the medium term with continued support from government policy and the dynamic of enterprise modernisation...

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Infrastructure

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BMI View :  Our view for the Saudi Arabian construction industry to post weaker growth H1 14 due to constraints in the labour sector has played out. We are maintaining our full year 2014...

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Insurance

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BMI View:   As of mid-2014, the disappointing underwriting results of 2013 are constraining many of the players in Saudi Arabia's fragmented non-life segment, which accounts for nearly all of the...

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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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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 by historical standards in 2014 and 2015. This view is based on continued OPEC outages, a mediocre global supply picture (Libya,...

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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: Saudi Arabia's power sector is set to register signi ficant growth over our 10 -year forecast period to 2023 as the k ingdom moves to realise some of the Middle East's most...

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Real Estate

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BMI View:   The Saudi Arabia commercial real estate sector offers considerable long-term investment potential with the Saudi government having only recently cleared the way for private investment...

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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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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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Telecommunications

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BMI View: T he strong financial results for Q114 reported by Saudi Arabia's three biggest telecoms service providers, despite continued contraction in the mobile sector , is a positive verdict...

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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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