Saudi Arabia Infrastructure Report

Published 21 July 2015

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Saudi Arabia Infrastructure Report

BMI View : Saudi Arabia's infrastructure and construction sectors offer scale and growth opportunities over our 10 - year forecast period to 2024 . Private sector caution over the impact of lower oil prices, along with the deterioration of the regional security situation, will see investment dampened slightly. W e expect government investment in affordable housing and infrastructure to remain robust , although note the government will begin moves to lessen the pressure being placed on the country's substantial fiscal buffers .

Key Trends And Developments

  • The fall in oil prices is not an immediate threat to infrastructure financing in Saudi Arabia, given the country's significant foreign reserves and centrality of infrastructure development to economic diversification plans. However, from 2016 onwards we expect a rationalisation of fiscal expenditure, which will see growth in the construction sector begin to slow. Some industrial construction projects may be cancelled or postponed, specifically in the petrochemicals sector. That said, manufacturing, metals and chemical projects should remain on track.

  • The security situations in Iraq and Yemen have deteriorated heavily and have now spilt over into violent attacks in Saudi Arabia. Not only does this raise the chance that a Saudi military intervention in either state will occur - raising regional tension and making an attack within Saudi Arabia by AQAP or IS even more likely - but may also drain attention and funding away from major infrastructure projects.

  • We forecast the transport sector will grow in real terms by 7.8% in 2015. With many of the major projects under development being awarded over the past four years - the majority of which will reach completion by 2018.

  • We are forecasting a bounce back in 2015 in the residential and non-residential sector at 9.8% real growth. The government's support of the housing sector continues, with the housing ministry ready to launch third phase of the...

BMI Industry View
Industry Forecast
Construction And Infrastructure Forecast Scenario
Table: Construction And Infrastructure Industry Data (Saudi Arabia 2013-2018)
Table: Construction And Infrastructure Industry Data (Saudi Arabia 2019-2024)
Transport Infrastructure - Outlook And Overview
Table: Transport Infrastructure Industry Data (Saudi Arabia 2013-2018)
Table: Transport Infrastructure Industry Data (Saudi Arabia 2019-2024)
Table: Transport - Major Projects Table
Energy And Utilities Infrastructure - Outlook And Overview
Table: Energy And Utilities Infrastructure Data (Saudi Arabia 2013-2018)
Table: Energy And Utilities Infrastructure Data (Saudi Arabia 2019-2024)
Table: Top Saudi Arabia Power Generation Projects
Table: Energy & Utilities - Major Projects Table
Residential/Non-Residential Building - Outlook And Overview
Table: Residential and Non-Residential Building Industry Data (Saudi Arabia 2013-2018)
Table: Residential and Non-Residential Building Industry Data (Saudi Arabia 2019-2024)
Table: Residential & Non-Residential Building - Major Projects Table
Industry Risk Reward Ratings
Saudi Arabia - Infrastructure Risk/Reward Index
Industry Risk Reward Ratings
Table: MENA RRI Table
Market Overview
Competitive Landscape
Table: Company Financials Table
Company Profile
Al Rajhi Construction Group
Saudi Binladin Group
Global Industry Overview
Table: Infrastructure Key Themes 2015
Table: Asia: Key Reforms
Industry Forecast Methodology
Sector-Specific Methodology
Risk/Reward Index Methodology
Sector-Specific Methodology
Table: Infrastructure Risk/Reward Index Indicators
Table: Weighting Of Indicators

The Saudi Arabia Infrastructure Report features BMI Research's market assessment and forecasts covering public procurement and spending on all major infrastructure and construction projects, including transportation and logistics by land, sea and air; power plants and utilities, and commercial construction and property development. The report analyses the impact of regulatory changes and the macroeconomic outlook and features competitive intelligence on contractors and suppliers.

BMI's Saudi Arabia Infrastructure Report provides industry professionals and strategists, sector analysts, investors, trade associations and regulatory bodies with independent forecasts and competitive intelligence on the Saudi infrastructure and construction industry.

Key Benefits

  • Benchmark BMI's independent infrastructure industry forecasts for Saudi Arabia to test other views - a key input for successful budgetary and planning in the Saudi infrastructure market.
  • Target business opportunities and risks in the Saudi infrastructure sector through our reviews of latest industry trends, regulatory changes and major deals, projects and investments in Saudi Arabia.
  • Assess the activities, strategy and market position of your competitors, partners and clients via our Company Profiles (inc. SWOTs, KPIs and latest activity).


BMI Industry View

Summary of BMI’s key industry forecasts, views and trend analysis covering infrastructure and construction, regulatory changes, major investments and projects and significant national and multinational company developments. These are broken down into construction (social, commercial and residential), transport (roads, railways, ports, airports, etc), and energy & utilities (powerplants, pipelines and so on).

Industry SWOT Analysis

Analysis of the major strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats within the infrastructure and construction sectors and within the broader political, economic and business environment.

BMI Industry Forecasts

Historic data series (up to 2012) and forecasts to end-2024 for all key industry indicators, supported by explicit assumptions, plus analysis of key developments in the market and risks to the main forecasts. Indicators include:

Construction: Industry value (USDbn); contribution to GDP (%); total capital investment (USDbn); real growth (%).

Construction industry real growth forecasts (%) and industry value (USDbn) forecasts for industry sectors are split into Residential and Non-residential and Infrastructure sectors. Where the data is available for particular countries the infrastructure is further broken down into indicators for the transport subsectors of roads, railways, airports and ports and the energy and utilities sub-sectors of power plants and transmission grids, oil & gas pipelines and water infrastructure. This dataset is unique to the market.

The reports also include analysis of latest projects across the infrastructure sectors (transport, utilities, commercial construction).

BMI’s Infrastructure Risk Reward Index

BMI’s Risk Reward Index provides investors (construction companies, suppliers and partners) looking for opportunities in the region with a clear country-comparative assessment of a market’s risks and potential rewards. Each of the country markets are scored using a sophisticated model that includes more than 40 industry, economic and  demographic data points. These provide indices of highest to lowest appeal to investors, with each position explained.

Market Overview

An assessment of the competitive landscape and key challenges to entering the market. Details of the largest companies active in the sector across the sub-segments of the industry, including the key financial figures from some of the largest players in the sector.

Company Profiles*

Examines the competitive positioning and short- to medium-term business strategies of key industry players. Strategy is examined within the context of BMI’s industry forecasts, our macroeconomic views and our understanding of the wider competitive landscape to generate company SWOT analyses. The latest financial and operating statistics and key company developments are also incorporated within the company profiles, enabling a full evaluation of recent company performance and future growth prospects.


The Infrastructure reports draw on an extensive network of primary sources, such as multilateral organisations, government departments, industry associations, chambers and company reports.

*Company profiles are not available for every country. Those reports instead contain information on the current activities of prominent companies operating in the market.

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