GCC Textile Market - Growth, Trends, COVID-19 Impact, and Forecasts (2023 - 2028)

The GCC Textile Market Is Segmented By Application (Clothing, Industrial/Technical, and Household), By Material Type (Cotton, Jute, Silk, Synthetics, and Wool), and By Process (Woven and Non-Woven). The report offers the market size and forecast values (USD billion) for all the above segments.

GCC Textile Industry Overview

GCC Textile Market Summary
Study Period: 2018-2027
CAGR: > 4 %

Major Players

GCC Textile Market Major Players

*Disclaimer: Major Players sorted in no particular order


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GCC Textile Market Analysis

The GCC Textile Market is anticipated to register a CAGR of more than 4% over the forecast period.

  • In GCC, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has a large textile industry, making products such as child safety seats, curtains, luggage, and some high-end fashion for local purchases. However, its best-selling textiles are woven goods like knitwear. This textile industry's contribution to the country's income and employment is second only to the oil and gas industry. Although the UAE sells to over 50 countries, it also has a large customer base domestically.
  • The textile business in Dubai benefits retailers who want to design and sell clothing in the apparel industry and investors who wish to construct facilities to produce textile goods like clothing. Dubai has around 16 million foreign visitors annually, and the country's tourism industry is driving growth in the retail industry. Due to this, Dubai now accounts for more than 10% of the country's national gross domestic product, and the city's retail and tourism industries contribute a major chunk to the city's GDP.
  • An effort to make the fashion business more sustainable and ecologically friendly has become a major trend in the world of fashion. This has motivated several designers to produce ready-to-wear garments using recycled fabrics. Saudi Arabia's brand Glamming Sisters established an eco-friendly streetwear line to promote the adoption of ethical fashion to promote and increase the adoption of sustainable fashion. The online retailer wants to provide eco-friendly modern clothing that will influence the fashion scene in the Kingdom and give customers trendy designs with a comfortable fit.
  • Developments in end-user segments, for instance, residential and commercial (hospitality), and the increasing attentiveness regarding altering inclinations of home-based interior decoration are expected to motivate the home textile industry in Saudi Arabia. The rising rate of urbanization and improved quality of living are responsible for the growing demand for home textiles like bedding, bed sheets, towels, blankets, and covers.

GCC Textile Industry Segments

Textiles are materials or fabrics that are made of tiny fibers that can be natural or man-made, and those fibers are then twisted into yarns. Textiles are created by interlocking these yarns in specific patterns, resulting in a length of cloth. Textiles can be classified as natural textiles and synthetic textiles. A complete background analysis of the Malaysia Textile Manufacturing Market, including the assessment of the economy and contribution of sectors in the economy, market overview, market size estimation for key segments, emerging trends in the market segments, market dynamics, geographical trends, and COVID-19 impact is included in the report.

The GCC Textile Market Is Segmented By Application (Clothing, Industrial/Technical, and Household), By Material Type (Cotton, Jute, Silk, Synthetics, and Wool), And By Process (Woven and Non-Woven). The report offers the market size and forecasts in values (USD billion) for all the above segments.

Industrial/Technical Applications
Household Applications
Material Type

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GCC Textile Market Trends

This section covers the major market trends shaping the GCC Textile Market according to our research experts:

Rising Textile and Apparels Demand in UAE

The UAE textile industry is thriving on supportive government initiatives regarding infrastructure development, tax exemptions, and transparency in paperwork. The most recent development in the fashion frontier has set Dubai as a fashion hub in 2020. The Dubai Design & Fashion Council is a governmental entity established to develop and nurture a sustainable design industry in Dubai while enabling the growth and recognition of designers based in the UAE and MENA region.

The existence of an ever-booming economy for luxury clothing has made UAE an important center for the apparel and textile businesses. The country has become a major textile hub that includes fibers, fabrics, clothes, outerwear, home textiles, and technical textiles. An increase in labor costs has led to automation in the textile and apparel industries. Development of technical textiles and providing innovative textile products are the focus areas of UAE manufacturers. This will increase productivity, improve the quality of products, and aid in delivering timely shipments of orders.

The UAE is becoming an ideal destination for investment in the textile and apparel industries due to its lack of restrictions on profit, competitive labor costs, extremely low import duty, and low corporate taxes. The availability of highly skilled and productive workers, a stable economy, and the absence of hidden costs add to the country's textile environment.

GCC Textile Market - Apparel retail sales value in United Arab Emirates, in USD Billion, 2017-2021

Changing Consumer Buying Patterns in GCC Countries

Technology plays a pivotal role in the lives of youthful consumers. From Facebook to Instagram, the Arab Gen Y population expects luxury brands to be online and easily available. More than 30% of the consumers in the GCC region shop online in a month primarily due to ease of access. With millennials driving the region’s connectivity and mobile phone usage, the GCC is considered to have a strong foundation to adapt to the expansion of online shopping. According to a survey, since the pandemic, 89% of customers in the UAE and 91% of customers in the Middle East and North Africa became digital converts and intend to continue buying everything online.

As of 2021, the total e-commerce sales in the UAE reached just over USD 5 billion in 2021, and it is projected to cross USD 8 billion by 2025. The report found that more consumers in the UAE made online purchases across all categories during 2021 compared to 2020, with an average of 75% of respondents typically purchasing online. Similarly, in KSA, revenue in the e-commerce market is projected to reach USD 12.2 billion in 2022.

GCC Textile Market - Industry Revenue of Manufacturing Textiles in Saudi Arabia, in USD Billion, 2018-2021

GCC Textile Market Competitor Analysis

The GCC Textile Market is fragmented and competitive, with several small, medium, and large regional players. Some of the key players in the market include Embee Group, Unirab Polvara, Misr, Amreya, Avgol, and Kabale. Manufacturers in the region are adopting new technologies and using new innovative methods, such as 3D cotton textiles and other materials like nylon and synthetic fibers, to attract consumers. Players are also adopting using recycled and sustainable materials that are cost-effective and use fewer natural resources.

GCC Textile Market Top Players

  1. Embee Group

  2. Unirab Polvara

  3. Misr Amreya

  4. Avgol

  5. Kabale

*Disclaimer: Major Players sorted in no particular order

GCC Textile Market Concentration

GCC Textile Market Recent Developments

  • October 2022: Nykaa enters the Gulf nations through its first global partnership with Apparel Group. The Apparel Group of Dubai will hold 45% of the company's shares, while Nykaa will control 55% of the partnership's shares. The Indian cosmetics and clothing store Nykaa recently announced a partnership with the Apparel Group, a fashion and lifestyle retailer with headquarters in Dubai, to expand its presence in the GCC (Gulf Cooperation Council) nations.
  • February 2022: Avgol showcased biodegradation technology for polyolefin fibers and non-woven fabrics for the agriculture sector. Avgol, an Indorama Ventures company and global leader in manufacturing high-performance non-woven fabric solutions, made its debut at the 2022 World Ag Expo.

GCC Textile Market Report - Table of Contents


    1. 1.1 Study Deliverables

    2. 1.2 Study Assumptions

    3. 1.3 Scope of the Study


    1. 2.1 Analysis Methodology

    2. 2.2 Research Phases


    1. 3.1 Market Overview

    2. 3.2 Government Regulations and Initiatives

    3. 3.3 Technological Snapshot

    4. 3.4 Market Drivers

    5. 3.5 Market Restraints

    6. 3.6 Market Opportunities

    7. 3.7 Value Chain / Supply Chain Analysis

    8. 3.8 Industry Attractiveness - Porter's Five Forces Analysis

      1. 3.8.1 Threat of New Entrants

      2. 3.8.2 Bargaining Power of Buyers/Consumers

      3. 3.8.3 Bargaining Power of Suppliers

      4. 3.8.4 Threat of Substitute Products

      5. 3.8.5 Intensity of Competitive Rivalry

    9. 3.9 Impact of COVID-19 on the Market


    1. 4.1 Application

      1. 4.1.1 Clothing

      2. 4.1.2 Industrial/Technical Applications

      3. 4.1.3 Household Applications

    2. 4.2 Material Type

      1. 4.2.1 Cotton

      2. 4.2.2 Jute

      3. 4.2.3 Silk

      4. 4.2.4 Synthetics

      5. 4.2.5 Wool

    3. 4.3 Process

      1. 4.3.1 Woven

      2. 4.3.2 Non-woven


    1. 5.1 Market Concentration Overview

    2. 5.2 Company Profiles

      1. 5.2.1 Unirab & Polvara Spinning Weaving & Silk

      2. 5.2.2 Misr Amreya

      3. 5.2.3 AMCO

      4. 5.2.4 Avgol

      5. 5.2.5 Millennium Fashions Industries

      6. 5.2.6 Embee Group

      7. 5.2.7 Kabale

      8. 5.2.8 FPC Coated Technical Textiles

      9. 5.2.9 Alyaf Industrial Company Ltd.

      10. 5.2.10 Aratex Group

      11. 5.2.11 Lomar Selection

      12. 5.2.12 Valleystar Uniforms*

    3. *List Not Exhaustive

  7. 7. APPENDIX

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GCC Textile Market Research FAQs

The GCC Textile Market market is studied from 2018 - 2027.

The GCC Textile Market is growing at a CAGR of >4% over the next 5 years.

Embee Group, Unirab Polvara, Misr Amreya, Avgol, Kabale are the major companies operating in GCC Textile Market.

GCC Textile Industry Reports

In-depth industry statistics and market share insights of the GCC Textile sector for 2020, 2021, and 2022. The GCC Textile research report provides a comprehensive outlook of the market size and an industry growth forecast for 2023 to 2028. Available to download is a free sample file of the GCC Textile report PDF.

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