MRO Middle East Market Size & Share Analysis - Growth Trends & Forecasts (2023 - 2028)

The report covers MRO Companies in Middle East and the market is segmented by MRO Type (Airframe, Engine, Component and Interior, and Line), and Country (United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Oman, Bahrain, Turkey, Jordan, Rest of Middle-East). The report offers market size and forecasts by value (USD million) for all the above segments.

Middle-East Aircraft MRO Market Size

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Study Period 2018 - 2028
Base Year For Estimation 2022
Forecast Data Period 2023 - 2028
Market Size (2023) USD 6.01 Billion
Market Size (2028) USD 6.94 Billion
CAGR (2023 - 2028) 2.91 %

Major Players


*Disclaimer: Major Players sorted in no particular order


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Middle-East Aircraft MRO Market Analysis

The Middle-East Aircraft MRO Market size is expected to grow from USD 6.01 billion in 2023 to USD 6.94 billion by 2028, at a CAGR of 2.91% during the forecast period (2023-2028).

Middle-East has been a transit gateway for international flights. The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted several vital and profitable routes due to the imposition of travel restrictions. As per Airports Council International, the pre-COVID baseline for passenger traffic in the Middle-East was 431 million in 2020 and 453 million in 2021. However, the devastating impact of COVID-19 can be seen in the revised forecast which depreciates the annual passenger traffic by 68.5% and 59.4% in 2020 and 2021, respectively.

The Middle-East Aircraft MRO Market is driven by the increasing demand for new aircraft as part of the fleet expansion and modernization programs initiated by airlines operating in the region. Besides, the increasing partnership between aircraft MRO providers is also expected to drive their technical capabilities, enabling them to service new-generation aircraft that are being procured by airlines. However, the early retirement of widebody jets due to COVID-19 is anticipated to impact the aircraft MRO sector since aircraft with an average age of over 10 years account for an above-average share of MRO spending as they start requiring heavy maintenance checks. Moreover, the shortage of aviation maintenance technicians has been a growing problem for years and the demand for qualified technicians is further heightened by the technological changes in aircraft manufacturing. With the addition of newer generation aircraft platforms, there is expected to be an increase in demand for a newer, wider range of skillsets for the aircraft maintenance technicians, further complicating the expected labor shortage.

Middle-East Aircraft MRO Industry Segmentation

Maintenance, Repair, Overhaul (MRO) in aviation is essentially all the maintenance activities that take place to ensure safety and airworthiness of an aircraft or its components as per the specified operating standards of international regulatory authorities.

The Middle-East Aircraft MRO Market is segmented based on MRO Type and Country. 

By MRO Type, the market is segmented into Airframe, Engine, Component and Interior, and Line. By Country, the market scope encompasses United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Oman, Bahrain, Turkey, Jordan, Rest of Middle-East. 

For each segment, the market sizing and forecasts have been done based on value (USD million).

MRO Type
Component and Interior
United Arab Emirates
Saudi Arabia
Rest of Middle-East

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Middle-East Aircraft MRO Market Trends

This section covers the major market trends shaping the Middle-East Aircraft MRO Market according to our research experts:

Engine MRO to Witness Higher Growth During the Forecast Period

The engine is one of the few components in an aircraft that requires continuous maintenance irrespective of the usage of aircraft. The increasing complexity of new generation engines has rendered engine MRO as one of the most expensive MRO sectors as an increasing number of engine failures due to improper MRO has made aircraft operators focus on engine health.

In the engine MRO sector, OEMs control approximately half of the market, with the other half roughly split between independent and airline overhaul shops. For new powerplant generations specifically, operators frequently outsource engine maintenance and use full MRO-support programs. Hence, most projects in the Middle East are partnerships of airlines or third-party providers with engine OEMs. Also, foreign MRO groups, such as Air France Industries KLM Engineering & Maintenance (AFI KLM E&M) and Lufthansa Technik (LHT), have also scaled up their MRO activities in the region through partnerships and collaborations in recent years. For instance, in 2019, Rolls Royce expanded its global service network with a new independent Trent 700 authorized maintenance center (AMC) at Abu Dhabi International Airport. Under the USD 6.5 billion agreement spanning nine years, Sanad Aerotech (formerly Mubadala Aerospace Turbine Services & Solutions) has been certified to provide engine-overhaul and component-repair services to global operators. Moreover, Sanad Aerotech was the first MRO partner within GE Aviation’s global services network to obtain MRO certification for the GEnx engine and remains the only certified GEnx MRO partner in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. The provider plans to expand its existing maintenance and repair services to include the full overhaul of 315 GEnx engines until 2035. Such developments are envisioned to increase the competition in the region, and thereby, drive the engine MRO segment during the forecast period.

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United Arab Emirates to Dominate the Market During the Forecast Period

Although the United Arab Emirates boasts of robust aviation infrastructure, the country’s MRO operators lack price competitiveness, primarily due to the lack of a home-grown workforce, which has resulted in higher labor costs. Nevertheless, with the COVID-19 pandemic deleteriously affecting the country’s aviation sector, a steady rise in business opportunities is envisioned as airlines seek MRO services to maintain the airworthiness of their grounded fleet. On this note, in June 2020, Etihad Engineering, the MRO arm of Etihad Aviation Group, expanded its operations in aircraft maintenance and parking, to meet the new requirements of airline operators, as fleets have been grounded due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Third-party MRO service providers are also collaborating with the MRO wings of major airlines to enhance their target audience. For instance, in November 2019, Sanad, a merged entity comprising three companies, Sanad Aerotech, Sanad Powertech, and Sanad Capital, signed a cooperation agreement with the Emirates Engine Maintenance Center (EEMC) to foster collaboration and knowledge sharing and create new business opportunities via the development of dedicated repair and training facilities in the country. Sanad also plans to expand its existing maintenance and repair services to include the full overhaul of 315 GEnx engines until 2035. Such developments will propel the growth of the aircraft MRO market in the UAE.

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Middle-East Aircraft MRO Industry Overview

Saudia Aerospace Engineering Industries and Emirates Engineering is a prominent player in the Middle-East Aircraft MRO Market, followed by Rolls Royce, Raytheon Technologies Corporation, and Etihad Airways Engineering LLC among others. MRO service providers in the region are expanding their offerings and collaborating with domestic airlines as well as international airlines. In May 2022, Sanad, a global aerospace engineering and leasing company wholly-owned by Abu Dhabi’s Mubadala Investment Company PJSC (Mubadala), and Triumph Group, Inc., a US-based aerospace manufacturer and MRO provider, with significant engine component repair experience, announced the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MOU) outlining their plans to collaborate on the provision of next-generation engine Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) capabilities in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). With the growing support from the government to boost the aviation industry in the Middle East countries, it is anticipated that the MRO market in this region will be more competitive by the end of the forecast period.

Middle-East Aircraft MRO Market Leaders

  1. Saudia Aerospace Engineering Industries

  2. Emirates Engineering

  3. Rolls Royce Holding PLC

  4. Raytheon Technologies Corporation

  5. Etihad Airways Engineering LLC

*Disclaimer: Major Players sorted in no particular order


Middle-East Aircraft MRO Market News

  • In March 2022, Iberia Maintenance was awarded a 10-year contract for the repair and maintenance of V2500 engines from Qatar Airways.
  • In November 2021, Abu Dhabi's maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) service provider, GAL, announced that it was awarded a contract worth 11 billion dirhams (USD 2.9 billion) from the UAE Air Force and Air Defence (AFAD).
  • In March 2021, the Israeli state-run company Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) announced its plan to establish an aircraft maintenance center in Lithuania.

Middle-East Aircraft MRO Market Report - Table of Contents


    1. 1.1 Study Assumptions

    2. 1.2 Scope of the Study




    1. 4.1 Market Overview

    2. 4.2 Market Drivers

    3. 4.3 Market Restraints

    4. 4.4 Porter's Five Forces Analysis

      1. 4.4.1 Threat of New Entrants

      2. 4.4.2 Bargaining Power of Buyers/Consumers

      3. 4.4.3 Bargaining Power of Suppliers

      4. 4.4.4 Threat of Substitute Products

      5. 4.4.5 Intensity of Competitive Rivalry

  5. 5. MARKET SEGMENTATION (Market Size by Value - USD million)

    1. 5.1 MRO Type

      1. 5.1.1 Airframe

      2. 5.1.2 Engine

      3. 5.1.3 Component and Interior

      4. 5.1.4 Line

    2. 5.2 Country

      1. 5.2.1 United Arab Emirates

      2. 5.2.2 Saudi Arabia

      3. 5.2.3 Qatar

      4. 5.2.4 Oman

      5. 5.2.5 Bahrain

      6. 5.2.6 Turkey

      7. 5.2.7 Jordan

      8. 5.2.8 Rest of Middle-East


    1. 6.1 Vendor Market Share

    2. 6.2 Company Profiles

      1. 6.2.1 Safran SA

      2. 6.2.2 General Electric Company

      3. 6.2.3 Rolls Royce Holding PLC

      4. 6.2.4 Raytheon Technologies Corporation

      5. 6.2.5 Lufthansa Technik AG

      6. 6.2.6 Jordan Aircraft Maintenance Limited

      7. 6.2.7 Etihad Airways Engineering LLC

      8. 6.2.8 Saudia Aerospace Engineering Industries

      9. 6.2.9 Qatar Airways

      10. 6.2.10 ExecuJet MRO Services

      11. 6.2.11 Emirates Engineering (Emirates Group)

      12. 6.2.12 Mamoura Diversified Global Holding PJSC

      13. 6.2.13 Oman Air


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Middle-East Aircraft MRO Market Research FAQs

The Middle-East Aircraft MRO Market size is expected to reach USD 6.01 billion in 2023 and grow at a CAGR of 2.91% to reach USD 6.94 billion by 2028.

In 2023, the Middle-East Aircraft MRO Market size is expected to reach USD 6.01 billion.

Saudia Aerospace Engineering Industries, Emirates Engineering, Rolls Royce Holding PLC, Raytheon Technologies Corporation and Etihad Airways Engineering LLC are the major companies operating in the Middle-East Aircraft MRO Market.

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