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September 25, 2017
Euromonitor International’s Saudi Arabia Economy, Finance and Trade Country Briefing focuses on the largest economy in the Middle East and Africa (in US$ terms) that remains highly dependent on revenues from hydrocarbon exports. For the first time since 2009, Saudi Arabia experienced a general government net budget deficit of 3.4% of GDP in 2014 that […]
June 6, 2017
On 5 June 2017, the governments of Saudi Arabia, UAE, Egypt and Bahrain announced that they were cutting diplomatic ties with Qatar, over claims of the latter sponsoring terrorism. Travel bans were put in place such as flight bans and port closures, which will clearly have a highly disruptive effect on destinations, airlines, hotels and […]
April 30, 2016
With the lifting of sanctions against the Islamic Republic of Iran in January 2016, the country may finally be opening up its markets to the outside world, with several opportunities for both domestic and multinational manufacturers within the food and beverage industry. The possibilities of a post-sanction Iran Iran has much to recommend it. With […]
March 2, 2016
Saudi Arabia–Lebanon relations already tense have reached a breaking point when on Friday 19th of February Saudi Arabia halted $3 billion military aid to Lebanon – accusing the prominent role played by the Hezbollah group in national affairs backed by Iran, Saudi rival. Political tensions have and are expected to have in the forecast negative […]
February 6, 2016
The consumer foodservice industry in the Middle East & Africa region is changing at a fast pace, witnessing a movement towards chained players from traditional independent ones, as well as increasingly adopting health and wellness trends. Moreover, delivery service expansion is also becoming more popular, with consumers looking for convenience as a growing workforce means […]
January 10, 2016
The Middle East has been one more time the scene of a diplomatic fiasco with ambassadors from multiple countries returning home as a result of the tensions between Iran and Saudi Arabia, following the attack on the Saudi Embassy in Teheran on Sunday 3rd of January – aftermath of a raid by Saudi forces on […]
September 25, 2017
Analyst Insight by An Hodgson – Income and Expenditure Manager A comparison of all consumer markets in terms of their expected consumer expenditure annual real growth in 2014 reveals some interesting fast-growing markets that are not among the usual major emerging markets (such as the BRICS and the MINT). Of the top five fastest growing […]
September 3, 2014
The retail market in Saudi Arabia has become a strong focus for the government, primarily driven by a desire to boost and maintain ongoing economic success in the country.  The Saudi Arabian retailing market was worth SAR374 billion in 2013, 12% growth from the previous year, according to Euromonitor International.  A large part of this […]

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