Middle East Metal Working Market Outlook to 2028

Driven by growing investment in construction & transport infrastructure and transformation towards digital economy

Region:Middle East

Author(s):Sanjna Verma

Product Code:KROD214

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August 2023

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About the Report

About the Report

Market Overview:

Historically, the Middle east regions have been crucial for metal working industries due to the rich history of craftmanship, trade and its significant role in connecting to various civilizations. Several Middle Eastern countries such as United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Qatar have invested heavily in diversifying their economies beyond oil, there has been a continuous growth in the industries, including construction, aerospace, automotive, energy & more. These industries drive the demand for metal products & metal working services.

Middle East Metal Working Market Revenue

The construction sector has been a major driver of metal working demand with numerous mega-infrastructure projects and urban development initiatives in the region. This includes constructing skyscrapers, stadiums, airports, and other large-scale projects, all of which require various metal components and structures. Even though the Middle East countries are reducing their dependence on oil, however the oil & gas industry plays a significant role in the Middle East economy, since this sector requires metal components for equipment, pipelines, refineries & petrochemical facilities. Other industries which require metalworking include aero spacing, automotive, trading & supply chains.

Middle East Metal Working Market has been a mix of consolidated & fragmented industry. The market consists of mix of regional players like Saudi Basic Industries Corporation (SABIC) & Tasnee which are serving the region on a global level. Along with other local players like Hidayath Group which provide metal works services within their region.

Ecosystem of Top Players in Middle East Metal Working Market

Middle East Metal Working Market Analysis

  • Middle East governments are steering their country towards industrialization & economic growth. With policies like Dubai Industrial Strategy 2030, initiatives like UAE Programs & events like StreetFab, all these are propelling digital transformation in the sector.
  • The shift from oil dependency to manufacturing is reshaping the Middle East economy. Countries like Saudi Arabia are forging agreements with global partners to enhance their manufacturing capability, resulting in the surge of metal working needs to support various industries, including automotive & electronics.
  • Middle East Metal Working Market has grown at a CAGR of 5% from 2017-2022 as Middle East has been undergoing rapid urbanization & infrastructure development leading to a significant demand for metal products in construction projects.
  • Demand for new vehicles in the Middle East & Gulf regions (excluding Iran) has increased by 22.3 per cent in December 2022. More cars will increasing demand for parts like engine parts & body panels which demands metal working products.


Key Trends by Market Segment:

By Type: Structural steel fabrication has been the dominant segment in the Metal Working market in 2022 in Middle East Region. Structural steel is known for its exceptional strength-to-weight ratio, making it an ideal material for constructing large & complex structures. Since constructions are taking place in large portions of the Middle East, this segment has been dominating.

Middle East Metal Working Market Revenue By Type

By Application: Industry & logistics has been a dominant market in 2022, since there are multiple constructions happening within the Middle East region & metal working is one of the fundamental elements of the construction of buildings, bridges & other projects. These are essential for economic development & support the logistics industry by providing improved transportation network.

Middle East Metal Working Market Segmentation By Type of Application

By Geography: Middle East is a diverse & dynamic country with varying economic conditions, industrial development levels & infrastructure. The region is segmented into Saudi Arabia, UAE, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Bahrain & rest of Middle East. The UAE is currently flourishing in 2022 because of construction & industrialization in the region.

  • United Arab Emirates is considered to be a major hub for manufacturing & trade. The metalworking sector within this country has been driven by industries like construction, automotive & aerospace.
  • With its Vision 2030 initiative, Saudi Arabia aims to diversify its economy, which could impact the metalworking industry. The country’s construction & oil sectors are key drivers.
  • Kuwait’s metalworking industry is driven by construction & infrastructure projects & the country’s economic diversification plan which will make sure that the industry flourishes within the country.

Middle East Metal Working Market Regional Analysis

Competitive Landscape:

The Middle East Metal working market is characterized by a mix of domestic manufacturers, international players & a growing emphasis on technological advancements. The region’s oil-rich economy has created a demand for metal products & machinery. Several Middle Eastern countries like Saudi Arabia & United Arab Emirates & Iran have established domestic metalworking industries to support their infrastructural & economic development. These domestic manufacturers produce a range of metal products which include steel, aluminum & specialized components. International companies, especially from Europe & Asia, have a presence in the Middle East metal working market, as they provide specialized machinery, automation solutions, and high-quality metal products.

Middle East Metal Working Market Ecosystem

Recent Developments:

      • EMAG Group is currently establishing a new sales company EMAG Middle East with its headquarters in International Free Zone Authority in Dubai. EMAG covers the entire process chain within metalworking: from turning, drilling and milling to gear cutting, grinding and laser welding.
      • Zamil Group, a long-established company in Saudi Arabia, known for its metal works, have switched from ZWCAD to AutoCAD for its robust features, user-friendly interface, optimal performance price ratio & technical support.
      • Watania Steel (WS) increased its output by bringing new items into its current line-up. A 500,000 t/yr rebar and wire rod mill were put into operation by the steel manufacturer in Riyadh next to its present manufacturing facilities. This move comes after doing in-depth research on Saudi Arabia's demand patterns and new product introductions for over a year.


Future Outlook:

Middle East Metal Working Market is expected to grow at a CAGR of ~6% from 2022 to 2028 with Government initiatives for infrastructure development & logistics are expected to increase the demand of metal works within the Middle East.

      • As technology evolves, the Middle East metal working market could see increased automation, digitization, and the integration of advanced manufacturing technology such as additive manufacturing (3D printing), robotics & AI-driven processes, which will help in higher efficiency.
      • Middle East has been investing heavily in infrastructure projects within the construction, transportation, and energy industry. These projects often require extensive metalworking, which could lead to sustained demand for metal products and fabrication services.
      • Many Middle Eastern economies are looking to expand their economy beyond oil & gas. This diversification could lead to increased demand for metal products like aerospace, automotive, healthcare equipment & electronics.
      • The metalworking market in the Middle East can be influenced by global trade dynamics and geopolitical factors. Trade agreements, sanctions, and political stability will play a role in determining the region's ability to attract foreign investment and engage in international trade.

Scope Of The Report

Scope of the Report

Middle East Metal Working Market Segmentation

By Type

Structural steel fabrication

Architectural aluminum fabric

Architectural steel fabrication

Pre-fabricated building

Pre-engineered building

By Application

Oil & Gas


Industry & logistics



By Geography

Saudi Arabia







Rest of Middle East

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  • Industry players
  • Government bodies
  • Investors & financial institutions
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  • Trade Associations & industry groups
  • Market researchers & analysts
  • Environment & sustainability organizations
  • Competitors & potential entrants


Time Period Captured in the Report:

  • Historical Period: 2017-2022
  • Base Year: 2022
  • Forecast Period: 2022-2028


Major Players Mentioned in the Report:

  • Tasnee
  • Ma’aden
  • Saudi Basic Industries Corporation (SABIC)
  • Rajhi Steel
  • Al-Tuwairqui Group
  • Alcoa
  • Zamil Steel

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

1. Executive Summary

2. Middle East Metal Working Market Overview

2.1 Taxonomy of the Middle East Metal Working Market

2.2 Industry Value Chain

2.3 Ecosystem

2.4 Government Regulations/Initiatives for the Middle East Metal Working Market 

2.5 Growth Drivers of the Middle East Metal Working Market

2.6 Issues and Challenges of the Middle East Metal Working Market

2.7 Impact of COVID-19 on the Middle East Metal Working Market

2.8 SWOT Analysis

3. Middle East Metal Working Market Size, 2017 – 2022

4. Middle East Metal Working Market Segmentation

4.1 By Product Type, 2017 - 2022

4.2 By Application, 2017 - 2022

4.3 By Regional Split (Saudi Arabia/UAE/Oman/Kuwait/Qatar/Bahrain/

4.4 Rest of Middle East), 2017 - 2022

5. Competitive Landscape

5.1 Mergers and Acquisitions, Joint Ventures, Collaborations, and Agreements

5.2 Strategies Adopted by Leading Players

5.3 Company Profiles 

5.3.1 Tasnee

5.3.2 Ma’aden

5.3.3 Saudi Basic Industries Corporation (SABIC)

5.3.4 Rajhi Steel

5.3.5 Al-Tuwairqui Group

5.3.6 Alcoa 

5.3.7 Zamil Steel

6. Middle East Metal Working Future Market Size, 2022 – 2028

7. Middle East Metal Working Future Market Segmentation

7.1 By Product Type, 2022 - 2028

7.2 By Application, 2022 - 20278

7.3 By Regional Split (Saudi Arabia/UAE/Oman/Kuwait/Qatar/Bahrain/

7.4 Rest of Middle East), 2022 - 2028

8. Analyst Recommendations

9. Research Methodology

10. Disclaimer

11. Contact Us

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Research Methodology

Research Methodology

Step 1: Identifying Key Variables:

Ecosystem creation for all the major entities and referring to multiple secondary and proprietary databases to perform desk research around market to collate industry level information.

Step 2: Market Building:

Collating statistics on metal working over the years, penetration of marketplaces and service providers ratio to compute revenue generated for metal working services. We will also review service quality statistics to understand revenue generated which can ensure accuracy behind the data points shared.

Step 3: Validating and Finalizing:

Building market hypothesis and conducting CATIs with industry exerts belonging to different companies to validate statistics and seek operational and financial information from company representatives.

Step 4: Research output:

Our team has approached multiple metal working services providing channels and understanded nature of product segments and sales, consumer preference and other parameters, which supported us validate statistics derived through bottom to top approach from metal working providers.

Research Methodology for Middle East Metal Working Industry