Latest Intelligence in Saudi Arabia

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CommentWire
CommentWire

DSM/Sabic: building focus and scale

DSM wants to focus on specialty chemicals, using the proceeds of the sale to fund acquisitions in that sector - so the higher than expected price will serve it well. Meanwhile, petrochemicals giant Sabic seems to be planning a major assault on Europe. It is likely to continue its M&A activity, perhaps with a bid for Eni's petrochemicals operations.

Published By Datamonitor
04 Apr 2002
CommentWire
CommentWire

Saudi Aramco: privatization welcome, but it'll be slow

Saudi Arabia has been a hard market for western oil majors to penetrate, making this latest opportunity for greater involvement highly attractive. The pace of change is certain to be slow, and delays inevitable. Even so, this is not likely to deter the oil companies. Many are likely to try and take advantage of this opportunity to build their Saudi presence.

Published By Datamonitor
29 Apr 2002
CommentWire
CommentWire

Mecca Cola: singing a different tune

Mecca Cola is in direct competition with Coca-cola, deliberately appealing to anti-US sentiments. This growing tendency for manufacturers to market themselves on a political positioning to take advantage of consumer concerns creates a loyal customer base that will not be easily swayed.

Published By Datamonitor
09 Jan 2003
CommentWire
CommentWire

Citigroup: future not cloudy in Saudi

Citigroup's [C] existing relationships with Saudi clients will not suffer from the disposal of its 20% stake in Samba Financial as it has a significant retail and investment-banking presence in neighboring Bahrain and the UAE, where Saudis have preferentially held their wealth. Nevertheless, Citigroup needs to ensure it does not let its competitors muscle in on its market share.

Published By Datamonitor
01 Jun 2004
Expert View
Expert View

New food review: new Marmite flavors come to those who wait

The latest round-up of new food launches from the Productscan database highlights some interesting flavor introductions and packaging styles. While Marmite is exploiting the popularity of Guinness with a new spread flavored with the popular Irish tipple, the craze for energy products has led to the release of caffeine-infused sunflower seeds, and energy-giving candy presented in a soda style can.

Published By Datamonitor
27 Mar 2007
CommentWire
CommentWire

UBS: expanding into Saudi Arabia

UBS is further extending its wealth management reach by setting up operations in Saudi Arabia. While instability in the kingdom may continue to be a problem, it remains an important wealth management market, and the complementary investment banking and asset management businesses envisioned by the group will provide a sound basis for building its wealth management operations in the region.

Published By Datamonitor
08 Jul 2008
Expert View
Expert View

EU should act now over 'gasPEC'

The recent announcement by 15 gas-exporting states, including six of the world's top 10, revealing that they are to form a permanent organization intended to stabilize prices and monitor markets does not indicate that an OPEC-style gas cartel is any closer to becoming a reality. Still, Europe cannot afford to sit on its hands forever.

Published By Datamonitor
06 Jan 2009
CommentWire
CommentWire

MAF-Carrefour: considering new projects in Saudi Arabia

The MAF Group, in conjunction with anchor partner Carrefour, primarily develops and manages shopping malls and hypermarkets across Egypt and the Middle East. MAF is considering new development projects in Saudi Arabia following 15-20% falls in urban land values; expansion would improve MAF's positioning in Saudi, a market dominated by early-mover MAF competitors.

Published By Datamonitor
13 Feb 2009
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Expert View

GCC healthcare: in pursuit of western standards

The healthcare sector in the Gulf Cooperation Council countries is currently undergoing a wave of reforms intended to achieve and sustain international standards of healthcare delivery. Datamonitor believes that the region has the potential to achieve these aims if it reforms healthcare insurance, develops a workforce of healthcare professionals, and accepts the use of generic pharmaceuticals.

Published By Datamonitor
14 Apr 2009
CommentWire
CommentWire

Savola's purchase of Geant Saudi's stores marks another big move in the Kingdom's FMCG sector

Savola Group chief executive, Sami Baroum, announced yesterday that an agreement has been reached with the Fawaz Alhokair Group to purchase all 11 Saudi Geant stores in the Kingdom. The deal is expected to see Savola's fast moving consumer goods retail arm, Azizia Panda, grow its share of the Saudi retail market to 8%, up from 7% at present.

Published By Datamonitor
28 Jul 2009

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