The Non-Oil Kingdom

The Non-Oil Kingdom

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  • In Q1 of 2023, Saudi Arabia's economy expanded by 3.9% YoY, thanks to non-oil sector growth as part of its diversification efforts. According to initial estimates released by the General Authority for Statistics on Sunday, non-oil activities increased by 5.8% while oil activities rose by 1.3%. Government services activities also saw a 4.9% YoY increase in the first quarter.

  • Saudi Arabia's economic growth was slower than the 5.5% expansion in Q4 2022, largely due to a drop in oil activities. Oil activities rose by 6.1% in Q4 but only increased by 1.3% in January-March. To maintain oil market stability, OPEC+ has agreed on voluntary output cuts of 1.16 million barrels per day

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As part of its Vision 2030 initiative to diversify its economy, Saudi Arabia is heavily investing in non-oil sectors such as tourism, hospitality, aviation, logistics, advanced manufacturing, and technology. The country aims to add 315,000 new hotel rooms by 2030, costing $37.8 billion, and bring the total stock to around 450,000 rooms. According to the Knight Frank 2023 Saudi Report, giga-projects like the futuristic Neom city are driving the hotel supply pipeline.


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