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PESTLE Insights: Macroeconomic Outlook Report - Saudi Arabia

PESTLE Insights: Macroeconomic Outlook Report - Saudi Arabia


PESTLE Insights: Macroeconomic Outlook Report - Saudi Arabia, identifies the potentials of Saudi Arabia as an investment destination by analyzing the political, economic, social, technological, legal and environmental (PESTLE) structure.

Saudi cities - Riyadh and Makkah are among the best performing metropolitan areas that comprise 51.4% of the Saudi Arabia’s population.


  • Saudi Arabia’s risk score in GCRI 2017 is higher as compared to the average of GCC nations score, but lower than the world’s average.
  • Saudi Arabia has allocated SAR372.0 billion (US$97.9 bn) for the development of infrastructure during the tenth plan period (2015-2019) which is an increase of 76.0% over the previous plan
  • Middle East continues to be the leading investor in Saudi Arabia, accounting for 29% of the total investment between January 2012 and December 2016 followed by Western Europe (24.3%) and North America (22.7%).
Reasons to buy
  • Macroeconomic Outlook Report identifies the potentials of the country as an investment destination by analyzing the political, economic, social, technological, legal and environmental (PESTLE) structure.
  • PESTLE Insights provides 360 degree view of the economy which can be used as a strategic tool to understand the market dynamics, business potentials and direction of operations
  • Along with providing the country’s snapshot, the report captures the risk factors pertaining to the macroeconomic risks, political environment, legal environment, demographic and social structure effectiveness, technology & infrastructure and natural and geographic aspects that might impact business.
  • This report also highlights key clusters/cities which contribute significantly to the country GDP and population along with major companies’ presence in these areas.

Did you Know? 04
Country Highlights 05
Country Snapshot 07
Country’s Position in GCRI (GlobalData Country Risk Index) 17
PESTLE Insights 20
Political Landscape 21
Economic Landscape 22
Social Landscape 29
Technological Landscape 32
Legal Landscape 35
Environmental Landscape 36
Outlook 37
List of Figures
Exhibit 1: Tadawul All Share Index (TASI) 10
Exhibit 2: Key Sectors Contribution to the Economy 11
Exhibit 3: FDI Inflows, Greenfield Investments and FDI by Sectors Share 12
Exhibit 4: Investment by Region and Country, 2012-2016 14
Exhibit 5: Key Infrastructure indicators 16
Exhibit 6: Saudi Arabia's performance in country risk analysis in comparison to GCC nations and the world 19
Exhibit 7: Performance Overview (Score: 1-100) 19
Exhibit 8: Real GDP and Household Consumption Growth Rate 23
Exhibit 9: Real GDP Growth Comparison 23
Exhibit 10: Exports, Imports and Trade Balance 24
Exhibit 11: Current Account Balance 24
Exhibit 12: Top Three Commodity Exports, % of Total Exports, 2012-2016 25
Exhibit 13: Total Value Mineral Fuels, Mineral Oils And Products Of Their Distillation; Bituminous Substances; Mineral Waxes Export As % Of World Export, 2016 25
Exhibit 14: Interest Rates 27
Exhibit 15: Exchange Rate 27
Exhibit 16: Public Finance 28
Exhibit 17: General Government Debt 28
Exhibit 18: Employment/Unemployment 30
Exhibit 19: Average annual wages, 2012-16 30
Exhibit 20: Labor cost index 30
Exhibit 21: Age-Group Wise Share in Total Population 31
Exhibit 22: Rural/Urban Share in Total Population 31
Exhibit 23: Gender-Wise Share in Total Population 31
Exhibit 24: Internet Users % of Total Population, Mobile Penetration Rate and Broadband Penetration rate, 2016 33
Exhibit 25: Number of Patents Granted per m Inhabitants, 2015 34
Exhibit 26: High-technology exports (% of manufactured exports), 2015 34
Exhibit 27: Doing Business In Saudi Arabia, 2017 35
Exhibit 28: Corruption Perception Index 35
Exhibit 29: CO2 Emissions 36

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