The Middle East report includes six countries: Egypt, Israel, Kuwait, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. The region aggregate furniture demand amounts to US$ 4.6 billion at production prices; yet it is worth stressing that each country has its own peculiarities. Kuwait, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates are definitely net furniture importers. Their economies can rely on huge oil and gas reserves and feature fast growing construction sectors, with great prospects of profits for furniture exporters, both in the low and high end markets. Egypt instead displays a dynamic furniture industry, which has proven more and more successful in the international markets thanks to skilled labour force and improving business management. The Lebanese furniture industry entered a recovery path and can count on a growing domestic market as well as the geographical and cultural proximity to other Middle East markets. Israel displays a high developed furniture industry, with western standards as regards technology and management. Moreover, furniture production and consumption have steady increased in the last years on the wake of the general economic growth. The report offers a comprehensive picture of the furniture sector in the Middle East, providing trends in furniture production, furniture consumption, furniture imports and exports in Egypt, Israel, Kuwait, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates (UAE). Factors determining the demand for furniture are examined, as well as furniture distribution channels and furniture prices. For each country an outline of the major furniture companies is provided. For each company mentioned in the report, an updated profile with contact details, activity and product offer is provided. Additional information is included when available (size, traded brands, distribution channels). Furniture imports and exports are broken down by country and product (office furniture, kitchen furniture, upholstered furniture, non-upholstered seats, bedroom furniture, seats parts and parts of furniture). The wood and forestry sector is also considered: production, imports, exports and consumption data are provided for the main semi-finished wood products (sawnwood, wood-based panels). Data on woodworking machinery imports are available for most of the considered countries.
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