• Transport

    OBG examines all aspects of local transport infrastructure, including sea, air and land. Our analysis within the transport sector reviews the major projects under way and planned, such as airport expansions, port plans, public transit systems, road construction and rail networks.
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The transport and logistics sector in Saudi Arabia has been targeted for key milestones, in accordance with Vision 2030, the Kingdom’s ambitious development plan to diversify the economy, grow the non-oil sector and leverage the country’s traditional position as a crossroads for international trade. While the Covid-19 pandemic is expected to...


A raft of reforms and digital transformation initiatives in Saudi Arabia have earned the country a place among the top-10 most improved global business climates in 2019, according to the World Bank’s “Doing Business 2020” report. The country’s new rank of 62nd out of 190 countries on the report’s ease of doing business rankings marked an...

Chapter | Transport from The Report: Saudi Arabia 2020

Although the Covid-19 pandemic has cast a shadow of uncertainty over parts of the global transport sector – particularly aviation – beyond those...

Saudi Arabia’s decision to weaken the link between hydrocarbons and economic growth, and pursue a policy of diversification has seen a wide range of projects come to fruition in the last several years. While at present the Covid-19 pandemic and the unprecedented plunge in oil prices are causing significant short-term uncertainty, the reforms that have been put in place in recent years should stand the Kingdom in good stead over the longer term.

The global distribution of medical goods and foodstuffs has become the primary focus of efforts to keep essential supply chains open during the coronavirus pandemic.


In 2017 the newly established Hamad Port found itself centre stage in the country’s response to the economic blockade imposed by some neighbouring countries. Existing maritime trade routes to the blockading countries were closed and quickly replaced with new partnerships in Oman, Kuwait and further afield. “The blockade set the pace for rapid...

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