Tiles Market in Gulf Cooperation Council Countries and India

Published: 21 Dec 2015

By Suganya Rajan, Sasidhar Chidanamarri, and Dhivya Sundara Manohar

GCC Market Overview

The tiles market in the Middle East is one of the most dynamic in the world, with strong demand for both high-quality, high-priced tiles and economical products. More than 10,000 projects are under construction or in the design and planning phase in Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries. Large-scale construction projects consistently feed the demand for materials. More than 450 million square meters of tile were sold in 2014; ceramic tile accounted for 60 to 70% of demand. The market is one of the fastest-growing in the building materials industry. It is dominated by suppliers from the United Arab Emirates, but imports also play a major role. The region imports almost 40% of its products; China, Spain, Italy, Egypt, and India are the largest importers. The region also is a tile exporter, mainly to other Middle East nations and Africa because domestic manufacturers are able to competitively price the products due to the availability of raw materials such as feldspar and kaolin. Raw material costs are expected to remain stable in the near future.  Unit shipments are expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of more than 10% from 2015 to 2020, mainly driven by new residential and hospitality construction.

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