Saudi Arabia

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General Overview


26,131,703 (July 2011 est.)

GDP (purchasing power parity):

US $622.5 billion (2010 est.)

GDP per capita (PPP):

US $24,200 (2010 est.)

GDP (real growth rate):

3.8% (2010 est.)


  • Crude oil production
  • Petroleum refining
  • Basic petrochemicals
  • Ammonia
  • Industrial gases
  • Sodium hydroxide (caustic soda)
  • Cement
  • Fertilizer
  • Plastics
  • Metals
  • Commercial ship repair
  • Commercial aircraft repair
  • Construction


US $99.17 billion (2010 est.)

Import commodities:

  • Machinery and equipment
  • Foodstuffs
  • Chemicals
  • Motor vehicles
  • Textiles


US $235.3 billion (2010 est.)

Export commodities:

Petroleum and petroleum products

Alberta's exports to Saudi Arabia:

CDN $107.4 million (2010)

Alberta's main exports to Saudi Arabia:

  • Barley
  • Parts of boring or sinking machinery
  • Potatoes
  • Automatic regulating instruments
  • Heat exchange units
  • Machinery for preparing animal feed
  • Electrical boards and panels
  • Metal and wooden office furniture
  • Iron or steel articles
  • Engine parts
  • Valves
  • Electric transformers
  • Lifting, handling, loading or unloading machinery
  • Gas or smoke analysis apparatus
  • Plastics
  • Other machinery

Canada's main exports to Saudi Arabia:

  • Barley
  • Iron ore and concentrates wood pulp
  • Paper
  • Tanks and motorized armoured fighting vehicles
  • Newsprint
  • Copper
  • Parts of boring or sinking machinery
  • Potatoes

Information about Saudi Arabia

CIA World Factbook
Detailed information about Saudi Arabia's economy, political system and history.
Energy Information Administration
Energy profile for Saudi Arabia.

Export statistics

Alberta's International Trade Review
An analysis of Alberta's international exports of goods and services. Published by Alberta International and Intergovernmental Relations.
Trade Data Online
Customized reports on Canada's trade with over 200 countries.

Alberta-Saudi Arabia relations

Saudi Arabia and Alberta share common interests in several sectors including oil production and development.

World Relations
A summary of Alberta's relationship with Saudi Arabia.

Sector opportunities for Alberta businesses interested in exporting their products

  • Electrical power equipment: There are prospects for Alberta companies interested in selling components and parts to local power utilities. The best access to this market is from cooperating with a partner in Saudi Arabia through a joint venture or a licensing arrangement. Local manufacturers will also be able to import needed machinery and components duty free. Equipment opportunities exist in switch gear products including switches, fuses, panel-boards, distribution boards, and circuit breakers represent about 80% of the Saudi power distribution market. Companies supplying gas turbines, gas turbines parts, heat exchangers boilers and alternators are in demand.

  • Oil and gas equipment and services: Opportunities exist for products and services such as tubular goods, valves, compressors, pumps, chemicals, turbines, drilling rigs and parts, generators, computers and software, telecommunication equipment, instrumentation and industrial process controls, fire fighting and safety equipment, spare parts, supplies and equipment for refineries, storage monitoring systems, reactors, heaters, air exchangers, power distribution systems, boilers, gas-oil desulphurizers, and isomerization units. Saudi Arabia is another country that is taking a different look at sour gas. There is a definite place for all aspects of sour gas technology and safety to make inroads over the next five years.

Services for exporters

Canada Business
Online tool for new and experienced exporters.
The Canadian Commercial Corporation
Crown corporation that promotes and facilitates international trade on behalf of Canadian industry.
Export Alert!
A resource for exporters to learn about changes in foreign export regulations.
Export resources
Resources for both new and experienced exporters.
International Trade Canada
Sector reports as well as a list of staff contacts that can assist exporters.

Services in Saudi Arabia