Exporting to Saudi Arabia
Saudi Arabia is carrying out several large-scale projects, including a high-tech city called Neom and a megacity for culture, sports and entertainment in Qiddiya. There are also development projects on the Red Sea coast including hotels, high-end residential properties and a luxury tourist and wellbeing resort called Amaala.
Strong UK trade links
Saudi Arabia is one of the UK’s most important trading partners. The UK exported £6 billion worth of goods and services to Saudi Arabia in 2018 (ONS, 2019). British companies present in the market include Shell, GlaxoSmithKline, BAE Systems, Rolls Royce and Unilever.
Saudi Arabia has a fast-growing population, with approximately 39% under the age of 25 (General Authority of Statistics, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, 2018). The young consumer market are early adopters of technology.
Opportunities for exporters
There are opportunities for UK companies across a broad range of industries. Our trade advisers in Saudi Arabia have identified particular opportunities for UK businesses in the following sectors.
Red Sea natural gas
Saudi Aramco is exploiting natural gas reserves off the Red Sea coast to support increased domestic demand. This will involve using deep water technologies for drilling below 1,000 metres. This offers opportunities for UK engineering and service companies with experience in deep water regions, such as the North Sea.
Demand for UK expertise
Saudi Arabia needs UK capability to deliver its energy objectives. There is demand for areas of UK expertise, such as project management, innovation and the ability to operate some of the harshest environments globally.
There is demand to improve education across primary and secondary schools, higher education, capacity building, professional accreditation and qualifications. There are opportunities for UK businesses to provide services in teacher training and development, curriculum development, early year’s development and special educational needs (SEN).
There are opportunities in vocational training across other sectors, including: helping Saudi Aramco create academies for marine and aviation training, up-scaling expertise on oil exploration, logistics management and training in hospitality and tourism.
Marine training and accreditation
UK businesses that can offer marine training or International Maritime Organization (IMO) accreditation will find demand for their services in Saudi Arabia.
Private sector participation opportunities
There are opportunities for UK companies in the development and provision of healthcare services, through private sector investment, operations and management in primary, extended and home care, new medical cities, hospital commissioning, laboratories, radiology and rehabilitation.
Education and training in healthcare
There are opportunities for UK businesses to build the capacity of medical staff across Saudi Arabia in various subjects, such as postgraduate training, nursing and healthcare management.
Digital health opportunities
There are opportunities for UK businesses in designing and constructing smart hospitals and health centres and providing information and communications technology (ICT).