City Profile – Riyadh; Comprehensive overview of the city, PEST analysis and analysis of key industries including technology, tourism and hospitality, construction and retail.

Riyadh city or Riyadh metropolitan area is the capital of Saudi Arabia and is the second-largest city after Mecca, in terms of population. To curb the government expenditure, multiple investment opportunities are made available for the private sector as well as foreign companies. Riyadh metropolitan area’s accounts for 20% of the nation’s population and 20% of the national economy. The industry sector contributed the most to the area’s GVA in 2017, accounting for 57.4% share, followed by tertiary sector (40.9%) and primary sector (1.7%).


“City Profile – Riyadh” provides historical and forecast data on key city level metrics along with analytical coverage of the latest political, economic, social, technological, infrastructural, legal and environmental issues affecting Riyadh city. The report contains detailed tourism, retail, construction, technology and public infrastructure data and insight into economic, social, and industry trends.


- The industry sector remains the key contributor to the area’s economy.

– Riyadh is a key tourist destination for international tourists and experienced healthy growth. Strong performance is observed in the real-estate and construction sector with increasing employment and number projects undertaken.

Reasons to buy

- Gain a comprehensive knowledge of future economic and demographic trends and understand the performance of various sectors within the city.

- Analyze and understand the business environment in the city to align your investment and expansion strategies.

- The report helps to drive a conclusion in choosing a suitable city to invest or expand according to your business structure.

- Explore new opportunities in the hospitality, tourism, construction, real estate and retail sectors.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

City Snapshot 2

PEST Analysis 6

Political 6

Economic 7

Social 16

Technology and Infrastructure 21

Communications 21

Internal Transport Networks 21

Connectivity 22

Airports 23

Business Environment Analysis 24

Travel and Tourism 25

Tourism Flows 25

Hotels 26

Attractions 27

Events 28

Construction and Real Estate 29

Investment 29

Real Estate Market 30

Retail 31

Retail Market 31

Consumption, Income and Prices 31

Appendix 32

Sources 32

Further Reading 32

Ask the Analyst 32

About MarketLine 32

Disclaimer 32

List of Tables

List of Tables

Table 1: Riyadh City- key facts (estimates),2017 2

Table 2: Riyadh city-real GDP growth, 2000-25 9

Table 3: Riyadh city- economic growth (Index 2010=100), 2000-25 11

Table 4: Riyadh city- GDP per capita comparison, 2000-25 (US$) 13

Table 5:Riyadh city- employment structure, 2000-25 (% of total) 15

Table 6:Riyadh city – main universities, 2017 16

Table 7: Riyadh city- population comparison, 2000-25 (million) 18

Table 8: Riyadh city- population by age, 2000-25 (% of total) 20

Table 9: Riyadh -King Khaled International Airport-key airport indicators, 2014-2017 23

Table 10:Riyadh- office rents, Q1 2018 24

Table 11: Riyadh- Fortune Global 500 Companies, 2017 24

Table 12:Riyadh – top five international arrivals by country of residence, 2016 25

Table 13:Riyadh – international overnight visitors 25

Table 14:Riyadh – hotel indicators 2013-18 26

Table 15:Riyadh -UNESCO World Heritage Sites 27

Table 16:Riyadh -MICE and other events, 2018 28

List of Figures

List of Figures

Figure 1: Riyadh city -real GDP growth, 2000-25 8

Figure 2: Riyadh city- economic growth (Index 2010=100), 2000-25 10

Figure 3: Riyadh city- GDP per capita comparison, 2000-25 12

Figure 4: Riyadh city- employment structure, 2000-25 (% of total) 14

Figure 5: Riyadh city- population comparison, 2000-25 17

Figure 6: Riyadh city- population by age, 2000-25 (% of total) 19


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