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Saudi Arabia

Capital: Riyadh ; GDP growth (annual %) 2016 : 1.7%
Key Facts

Full name: Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
Population: 26.2 million (UN, 2010)
Area: 2.24 million sq km (864,869 sq miles)
Major language: Arabic
Major religion: Islam
Life expectancy: 73 years (men), 76 years (women) (UN)
Monetary unit: 1 Riyal = 100 halalah
Main exports: Oil, gas, cereals
GNI per capita: US $16,190 (World Bank, 2009)
Internet domain: .sa
International dialling code: +966

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  • Saudi Arabia Year in Review 2016


    Weaker energy prices and an ambitious reform programme aimed at increasing private sector participation in the economy were key themes of 2016 as Saudi Arabia accelerated efforts to diversify its economy.

    While oil prices made a modest recovery from $30 per barrel at the beginning of the year to $50 in the fourth quarter, both national gain and GDP have been impacted.

    In mid-October the IMF revised its increase estimate for the Saudi Arabian economy in 2016 to 1.2%, down from the 1.6% estimate issued in May and the 3.5% posted the previous year.

  • Saudi Arabia Year in Review 2014


    Despite the turmoil in world energy markets, Saudi Arabia moved towards the end of 2014 with its economy having outperformed a lot of in the region.

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  • Saudi Arabia remains the world's largest exporter of crude oil,


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  • Mr. Fahad bin Ibrahim Al Khalaf CEO of Spimaco


    As the number one company in the pharmaceutical market, Spimaco has benefitted greatly from the expansion of the industry, enjoying 50% profit growth between 2011 and 2014

    So SPIMACO has operations throughout the Middle East and North Africa region. You export and trade pretty much throughout the region as well as having partners all over the world. When we think about pharmaceuticals, these are really sort of feeding into the healthcare sector, and Saudi Arabia is really considered to be the giant healthcare sector, in terms of growth and potential. What’s your assessment of Saudi Arabia’s sector in pharmaceuticals from an investment perspective?

  • With less than 1% penetration, the insurance sector in Saudi Arabia is one of the fastest growing in the GCC


    Amana Insurance is one of the promising insurance companies in Saudi Arabia ready to compete with new lines of business.

    Amana Insurance was established in 2010 and the insurance market here has been volatile over that period, lots of competition, race to the bottom pricing and these sorts of things but the company has progressively lost less and less money since you have been here and presently looks like it’s really going to grow significantly and turn that corner and become very profitable and interesting.

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