• Industry

    Many emerging markets are working to build their manufacturing sectors to maximise the value of their natural resources. OBG provides an overview, highlighting key areas for investment. Typical industries covered include agro-food, automotive, petrochemicals, pharmaceuticals and textiles.
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The fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) industry supplies Saudi shoppers with local and international brands. A select group of domestic family-owned trading businesses are suppliers for the household brand names of the global FMCG business. Through joint ventures (JVs) and subsidiaries, these regional conglomerates are involved in the...

 

In four decades the natural gas in Saudi Arabia’s oil fields has been transformed from an inconvenient by-product into essential feedstock for an industry that supports thousands of jobs and generates 15% of the country’s export revenues. Since its creation in 1976 by royal decree, Saudi Arabia Basic Industries Corporation (SABIC) has grown...

Chapter | Industry from The Report: Saudi Arabia 2018

Bold strategies to use industry as an engine of economic change could see new gold mines, plastics factories and medical laboratories boost growth, prosperity and jobs. While raising the profile of private enterprise, the government is planning to inject capital into promising sectors, but it is also setting ambitious targets for itself and for industry. Though the launch of Vision 2030...

 

These are crucial times for Saudi Arabia’s power and water sectors as both move through a process of major reform. Privatisation is at a more advanced stage in water than in power, but the next few years should see substantial change in both markets, providing significant opportunities for investors.

 

One consequence of Saudi Arabia’s strong economic and population growth in recent years has been a major surge in construction, with new neighbourhoods, industrial estates, office complexes, hotels and hospitals all going up around the Kingdom.

The first foreign visit of US President Donald Trump’s term saw business leaders from Saudi Arabia and the US signing nearly $400bn worth of agreements and deals. These commercial agreements were designed to foster mutual benefits and investments in both countries. King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud met President Trump just over a year after the...