Franchise opportunities in Saudi Arabia

Attractiveness of Saudi Arabia for the development of franchise business

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is the country in the Middle East with the population of about 30.77 million, of which over 82% are urban dwellers. The capital of the country is Riyadh which has the population of 4.3 million. Other significant cities are Jeddah (3.4 million) and Makkah (1.6 million).

The economy of Saudi Arabia is oil-based as the country is one of the leading producers of oil and natural gas. Thus, 45% of its GDP is from the petroleum sector. In order to diversify economy, the government encourages the development of the private sector as well as seeks to attract foreign investments to the country.

Franchising has demonstrated a significant growth in the Middle East region in general and Saudi Arabia in particular. The growing number of international franchise companies are entering the market. The estimations show that the franchise market of Saudi Arabia has a value of $1.3 billion in annual fees and royalties. The expected average growth rate is 12-15 percent per year. All this creates a wide range of franchising opportunities. The leading franchising sectors include restaurant, food and beverage and retail.

Although a large number of franchises already operate in the country, the Saudi Arabian market still presents opportunities for new local and international franchisors as a lot of shopping malls are being constructed or planned.

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Indicators of Business Market in Saudi Arabia

  • Capital: Riyadh

  • Currency: Saudi riyal

  • Education Index (2013): 0.723

  • Official languages: Arabic

  • Per capita GDP (PPP): $55,229

  • Quality-of-life index (0-10): 6.49

  • Population: 30.77 mln

  • Total GDP (PPP): $1.803 trillion

  • Ease of Doing Business Ranking, Rank: 92

  • Gini: 45.9

  • Human Development Index (HDI): 0.837

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List of franchises for sale in Saudi Arabia

Tapout Fitness franchise
Tapout Fitness - martial arts franchise Investment from $130,000
UKUB franchise
UKUB - speedcubing children`s center franchise Investment from $20,000
Dodo Pizza franchise
Dodo Pizza - pizza delivery franchise Investment from $80,000
RAMEN IROHA franchise
RAMEN IROHA - Ramen shop franchise Investment from $45,000
BNI franchise
BNI - Business Network International Franchise Investment from $65,000
Peroni franchise
Peroni - #1 honey franchise Investment from $1,150
Gemotest  franchise
Gemotest - laboratory franchise Investment from $12,000
Magic Lollipops  franchise
Magic Lollipops - franchise of caramel figures Investment from $10,000
Cone Cream franchise
Cone Cream - modern ice-cream franchise Investment from $6,900
Southern Fried Chicken franchise
Southern Fried Chicken - restaurant franchise Investment from $322,850
al Mamà Bistrot franchise
al Mamà Bistrot - restaurant franchise Investment from $135,000
9ROUND franchise
9ROUND - kickbox fitness centers franchise Investment from $
Ai LAB franchise
Ai LAB - beauty salon franchise Investment from $150,000
FreeFly franchise
FreeFly - franchise of wind tunnel skydiving simulator Investment from $
Smart Refinery Technologies Group franchise
Smart Refinery Technologies Group - oil refineries franchise Investment from $500,000
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