Saudi Arabia


a.    Total Area: 2,149,690 sq km

b.    Total Population: 26,534,504 (July 2012 est.)

                                         i.    Total labour force: 7.63 million

                                        ii.    Agricultural Population: 6.7%

c.    GDP: $676.7 billion (2011 est.)

d.    GDP - real growth rate: 6.5% (2011 est.)

e.    GDP – per capita: $24,000 (2011 est.)

f.     GDP - composition by sector:

                                         i.    agriculture: 2%

                                        ii.    industry: 69.1%

                                       iii.    Services: 28.9% (2011 est.)

g.    Investment (gross fixed): 19.1% of GDP (2011 est.)

h.    Unemployment rate: 10.9% (2011 est.)




a.    Total Exports: $350.7 billion (2011 est.)

b.    Exports commodities: petroleum and petroleum products 90%

c.    Total Import: $106.5 billion (2011 est.)

d.    Imports commodities: machinery and equipment, foodstuffs, chemicals, motor vehicles, textiles

e.    Export partners: Japan 14.3%, China 13.1%, US 13%, South Korea 8.8%, India 8.3%, Singapore 4.5% (2009)

f.     Import partners: US 12.4%, China 11.1%, Germany 7.1%, Japan 6.9%, France 6.1%, India 4.7%, South Korea 4.2% (2009)

g.    CO2 emissions (kt): 14.79

  Climate, Land & Agriculture:  

a.    Climate: harsh, dry desert with great temperature extremes

b.    Total Agricultural Land Area: 1 736 250 km2

c.    Land Use:

                                         i.    Land: 2,149,690 sq km

                                        ii.    Arable land: 34 000 km2

                                       iii.    Permanent crops: 2 250 km2

                                       iv.    Irrigated land: 17,310 sq km

                                        v.    Pastures: 1 700 000 km2

                                       vi.    Forest Area: 27 280 km2

                                     vii.    Other land: 386 160 km2

d.    Major Agricultural commodities: wheat, barley, tomatoes, melons, dates, citrus; mutton, chickens, eggs, milk

  Major Industrial Activities:  
  plastics, textiles & clothing, Pulp & paper, packing, arts & crafts

Industries: 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

Industrial production growth rate: 8.4% (2011 est.)

  Environmental information & data:  

    Saudi Gazette reported on July 2012 that, a decision from the Presidency of Meteorology and Environment (PME), announcing a ban on the use of plastic bags in the Kingdom is expected to be issued shortly.


    Madinah Municipal Council decided earlier this year to ban the use of plastic bags and cups effective November 2012


    Ecological foot print per capita: 6.15 hectares


    Fresh water crisis


   desertification; depletion of underground water resources; the lack of perennial rivers or permanent water bodies has prompted the development of extensive seawater desalination facilities; coastal pollution from oil spills

  Jute Statistics:  
  Import of jute Bast Fibres in Saudi Arabia – 2002-2008


Supplying markets for jute and other textile bast fibre imported by Saudi Arabia

Unit: US dollar, thousand


Imported value in 2008

Imported value in 2009

Imported value in 2010













United Republic of Tanzania





Jute and other natural fibre products imported by Saudi Arabia in 2008-2011


Jute, other bast fibre, raw or processed, not spun

Yarn of jute, bast fibre except flax, true hemp, rami

Woven fabric of jute or other bast fibres

Sacks & bags, packing, of jute or other bast fibres

Flax yarn

Woven fibres of flax

Woven fabric of flax

Twine nes, cordage, ropes and cables, of sisal

Binder or baler twine, of sisal or agave

Floor coverings of coconut fibres (coir)

  Other Information:  

International organization participation: ABEDA, AfDB (non regional member), AFESD, AMF, BIS, FAO, G-20, G-77, GCC, IAEA, IBRD, ICAO, ICC, ICRM, IDA, IDB, IFAD, IFC, IFRCS, IHO, ILO, IMF, IMO, IMSO, Interpol, IOC, IOM (observer), IPU, ISO, ITSO, ITU, LAS, MIGA, NAM, OAPEC, OAS (observer), OIC, OPCW, OPEC, PCA, UN, UNCTAD, UNESCO, UNIDO, UNRWA, UNWTO, UPU, WCO, WFTU, WHO, WIPO, WMO, WTO

  Jute Industries and Traders:  

Mohammed Saleh Bahammeem Trading

Contact Person: Mr. Saleh

Address: P.o. Box 2070, JEDDAH, - 21451, Saudi Arabia

Telephone: 966-2-6457220

Fax No: 966-2-6457220

Business Type: Importers



Najd Food Factory

Manufacturer/Importer: Acetic acid, tomato paste, jute

Contact Person: Abdul Rahman

P.O. Box 754
Riyadh 11421
Saudi Arabia



Jubail Pearl Trading Svc Est

Importer: Detergent powder, vegetable ghee, milk powder, raw cashew nut, jute bag

Contact Person: Mohammed Haris

P O Box 10786
Jubail Industrial 31961
Jubail Saudi Arabia


Pulp & Paper trades


Po Box 22815
Saudi Arabia

Telephone: +966(1)4985969

Facsimile: +966(1)4985921


Saudi Paper Manufacturing Company (SPMC)
P.O. Box 8663, Dammam 31492
Kingdom of Saudi Arabia


  Govt. Department/Ministry dealing with jute:    

Ministry of Agriculture and Water

Airport Road, Riyadh 11195
Tel: 401-6666
Fax: 403-1415


Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Minister: H. R. H. Prince Saud Al-Faisal Bin
Abdul Aziz Al-Saud
Nasseriya St., Riyadh 11124
Tel: 406-7777/441-6836
Fax: 403-0159


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