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Market Insight: Saudi Arabia

  • August 2013
  • -
  • Global Water Intelligence

Saudi Arabia is the largest country in the Middle East, with the largest economy. A rapidly growing population coupled with lack of natural resources means that the country has always been a big spender in the water sector – and this expenditure will continue to rise as there is much scope for development.

Capital expenditure on water and wastewater infrastructure is set to more than double to $4.9 billion by 2018 compared with $2.4 billion in 2011. This market is set to offer huge opportunities for anyone in the business of water, and we show you exactly where and how to take advantage of these opportunities.

Global Water Intelligence Market Insight: Saudi Arabia is the essential guide to opportunities in the Saudi Arabian Water Market – providing an in-depth analysis of the water market, market forecasts, a guide to regulations and full database of utilities, this is your handbook for success in this market.

Market drivers and opportunities

Saudi Arabia’s economy has been relatively unaffected by the social and political upheaval of the Arab Spring and there a still a constant stream of projects being passed through procuring bodies. Capital expenditure on water and wastewater infrastructure is expected to continue to increase, and Water for Power will pinpoint the best opportunities for your business.

Desalination – we show you how the need to reduce domestic fuel usage is creating big new opportunities in desalination in this market. Saudi is a big spender on desalination, and a huge proportion of their desalination budget will be targeted at renewable desalination technologies. We show you how this is opening up the market to a whole new range of contractors, and will show you exactly how to find your place in the supply chain.

Overhaul of water and wastewater networks – there is growing demand for the overhaul of the national water and wastewater network and this could create new opportunities for investment and construction. This could open up opportunities for private companies in water and sanitation infrastructure as the market is becoming gradually open to private sector involvement – we will give you strategies for capitalising on this markets increasing openness to private sector participation.

Advanced wastewater treatment – although this market has already invested heavily in wastewater treatment, there is a developing trend towards the adoption of advanced wastewater treatment for operating and financial efficiency. We show you the technology trends and how this will create opportunities for your business.


This report looks at the regulations in place, compliance and enforcement so you can see how they will affect your business decisions and opportunities in this market.

This chapter includes:
• Regulatory framework for drinking water, wastewater discharge and reuse
• Drinking water quality regulations
• Municipal and industrial wastewater quality regulations
• Water reuse regulations
• Implementation of regulations and compliance
• Water in industry
• Future regulatory scenario and conclusions
• List of laws, standards and policies - both in their native language and English, with internet links for easy location

Accessing the market

This market insight report gives you invaluable advice from industry insiders on how to do business in this country, so you can break into the market or increase your existing presence.

By interviewing experts who have concrete experience in that country, we reveal how the market works in practice and give you strategies to successfully enter the supply chain, offering:

• Analysis of procurement processes and market penetration strategies
• Supply chain analysis
• A list of key water market players and who your potential partners or competitors will be
• Possible ways to enter the supply chain alongside the dominant market players


We have already highlighted that there are increasing opportunities for the private sector in Saudi Arabia, and have given strategies for accessing these opportunities.

The final part of this report will allow you to follow up this advice with concrete sales leads and a deep understanding of each water utility and its service. We give you direct access to and contacts details for each utility and the decision maker where possible.

For each utility you will receive the following information:
• Country
• State
• Utility name
• Address
• Phone
• Website
• General email address
• Water services
• Wastewater services
• Drainage/stormwater service
• Other services
• Service area type
• Service area description
• Ownership type
• Name of the owner/contract operator
• Population served water (number)
• Population served wastewater (number)
• Water connections (number)
• Wastewater connections (number)
• Water pipe network (km)
• Wastewater pipe network (km)
• Name of Head of the organisation
• Job title
• E-mail
• Phone number

Table Of Contents

Market Insight: Saudi Arabia
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Our GWI Market Insight Series gives you everything you need to break into the Saudi Arabian water market or increase your water market share.

The report covers every facet of the water industry in Saudi Arabia, including coverage of:
• Context and overview of market challenges
• Water sector organisation and structure
• Water availability and demand
• Municipal water and wastewater infrastructure
• Water finance
• Private sector participation
• Procurement process
• Supply chain analysis
• Current and future key projects
• Future market direction
• Market forecast
• Regulatory framework
• Drinking water quality regulations
• Municipal and industrial wastewater quality regulations
• Database of Saudi Arabian Water Utilities

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