Driven by the construction, refurbish and the rapid rise of booming real estate sectors, Saudi Arabia’s interior design and fitout market is witnessing a massive transformation and growth according to the latest findings in the INDEX Saudi Arabia, State of the Market 2023: The Business of Interiors report.
Released ahead of INDEX Saudi Arabia, which takes place on the 10 to 12 September at the Riyadh Front Exhibition & Conference Centre, the report revealed that the country’s gigaprojects, including the Red Sea Project and QIDDIYA, along with new real estate sectors are creating a massive opportunity in the interiors industry and driving international and regional interior fit-out designers into the country.
Saudi Arabia and its construction and interior design services industry, according to the report, is poised and ready to migrate away from traditional models to become the fastest growing, richest and most sophisticated market in the world.
Fit-out market growth
An increase in the number of real estate projects and the rapid rise of new sectors including retail, the rise in new and flexible commercial workspace in the post-COVID era, medical, education, hospitality, and the ever-expanding fit-out market that is expected to grow to $1.8 billion by 2027, are just a few of the factors predicted to drive the interiors market in the country over the next few years.
With more than 5,200 construction projects worth over $800 billion currently ongoing in Saudi Arabia, the interior design market is primed and ready, especially with major regional and global players entering Riyadh,” said Elaine O’Connell, Vice President Design and Hospitality of dmg events, which organises INDEX Saudi Arabia.
With favourable government regulations, spending initiatives, significant investment and the explosive growth of young, urban and digitally savvy consumers, the kingdom’s interiors market over the next five years is predicted to embrace sustainable and technological innovations rivalling global markets.
“Exciting times lie ahead for the interior design services and home décor market in the Kingdom and with the adoption of new and disruptive innovations, it will make it an important and lucrative move for international providers looking to enter,” added O’Connell.