Studies and reports

Despite having the largest market in the GCC in terms of population and consumer spend, Saudi Arabia’s tech startup ecosystem is small and nascent compared to its vast oil sector. SMEs make up a small proportion of the economic activity in the Kingdom, contributing about 20% to the GDP. Unemployment among Saudi nationals is around 12.8%, but youth – who comprise about half of the 32 million population – face a more difficult challenge, as the public sector, which has traditionally been the main employer of university graduates, has become overcrowded.

A new poll conducted by Bayt.com – the Middle East’s largest Job Site – reveals that more than four in five (83%) professionals have considered “changing their career path completely”, with nearly two thirds (64.2%) saying that it is “very easy” to change jobs in the region.

Business France, the national agency supporting the international development of the French economy published its annual attractiveness scoareboard for 2018. It illustrates that France stands, as an economy and attractive business destination. The aim of Business France’s Attractiveness Scoreboard is mainly to compare France’s performances with 13 other major OECD countries (Austria, Belgium, Finland, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Poland,  Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom, United States and Japan), based on 10 attractiveness criteria : market size and strength, educational and human capital, research and innovation, infrastructures, administrative and regulatory environment, financial environment, costs and taxation, quality of life, green growth, the perceptions of foreign investors.

The Arab Strategy Forum, in collaboration with the Arab Gulf States Institute in Washington, today issued a report analysing five key events that could drastically shift the future of the Arab world on an economic, political, and social level in the coming decades.

GCC online searches divide opinion on land and sea cargo options, according to recent research from SEMrush, the award-winning digital marketing suite. Trends during the last three years show sharp contrasts in local online search queries for the type of cargo transport sought, along with the related products and destinations for these shipments, differed in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates and Kuwait.