Middle-East and Africa Drones Market - Growth, Trends, COVID-19 Impact, and Forecasts (2023 - 2028)

The Middle-East and Africa Drones Market is segmented by Application (Construction, Agriculture, Energy, Entertainment, Law Enforcement, Parcel Delivery, and Others), Drone Type (Fixed-wing Drones, and Rotary Drones), and Geography (Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Israel, South Africa, Rest of Middle-East and Africa). The report offers market size and forecasts for all the above segments in value (USD million).

MEA Drones Industry Overview

Middle-East and Africa Drones Market
Study Period: 2018 - 2028
CAGR: > 8 %

Major Players


*Disclaimer: Major Players sorted in no particular order


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MEA Drones Market Analysis

The Middle-East and Africa Drones Market is anticipated to register a CAGR of more than 8% during the forecast period, 2022-2027.

The demand for drones has continued to increase even during the COVID-19 pandemic. There are more than 70 thousand active major construction projects in the Middle-East countries, such as the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Israel, and Egypt. The demand for drones in the construction sector for applications, such as 2D and 3D modeling and mapping, land surveying, progress monitoring, waste reduction, and job site surveillance, is increasing and is, thus, propelling the market growth in the Middle Eastern region.

In Africa, the demand and implementation of drones are increasing in various regions for applications, such as postal delivery and agriculture. The agriculture sector in Africa is witnessing the highest demand for drones for soil scanning (nitrogen content monitoring, electrical conductivity monitoring), crop monitoring, pesticide spraying, pest, weed, and disease detection, fish population monitoring, etc.

Technological advancements, such as hybrid propulsion in Vertical Take-off and Landing (VTOL) drones which increases the loitering time, Augmented Reality (AR) technology for 2D and 3D Mapping, and Artificial Intelligence (AI) in crowd controlling, are also propelling the growth of the drones market in countries, such as Israel and South Africa.

MEA Drones Industry Segments

An unmanned aerial vehicle, commonly known as a drone, is an aircraft without any human pilot, crew, or passengers on board. UAVs are a component of an unmanned aircraft system, which includes adding a ground-based controller and a system of communications with the UAV.

The market is segmented by Application, drone Type, and country. By Application, the market is segmented into Construction, Agriculture, Energy, Entertainment, Law Enforcement, Parcel Delivery, and Others. By Drone type, the market is segmented into Fixed-wing Drones and Rotary Drones. By Country, the market is segmented into United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Egypt, and Rest Middle-East and Africa. The market sizing and forecasts have been provided in value (USD million).

Law Enforcement
Parcel Delivery
Other Applications
Fixed Wing Drones
Rotary Wing Drones
Saudi Arabia
United Arab Emirates
South Africa
Rest of Middle-East and Africa

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MEA Drones Market Trends

This section covers the major market trends shaping the MEA Drones Market according to our research experts:

Construction Application to Exhibit The Highest Growth Rate

The construction application segment is expected to exhibit the highest growth rate during the forecast period owing to the rapid infrastructure development and advancement in construction monitoring technology. Drone technology is currently being used for harnessing and sharing of real-time construction project insights that are used for effective collaboration, manpower planning, equipment planning, maintenance scheduling, safety monitoring, mapping, etc. without necessarily pausing or delaying the operations. Drones are capable of scanning and monitoring vast construction sites in considerably less time which is not possible for human operators and land-based scanners. Autonomous drones, such as Quantix Mapper by AeroVironment, Percepto’s Sparrow series drones, and Airobotics, are expected to witness rapid growth during the forecast period due to their high loitering time. Furthermore, the drones integrated with advanced software applications that detect safety hazards, such as gas leaks, and large-scale monitoring of sites, such as oil and gas fields and ports using AI in extreme weather conditions, are likely to be adopted by regional end-users due to the harsh weather in the Middle-East and Africa.


Israel is Expected to Dominate the Market During the Forecast Period

Israel houses the major research and development (R&D) centers of leading IT firms, such as Microsoft and Google, that are venturing into the commercial drone space. Israel also has a very supportive environment for drone startups that are developing technology for construction, pharmaceutical delivery, agricultural management, security and surveillance, and other sectors. The decision of the Israel Defense Forces to replace the Chinese DJI drones with local drones is also expected to boost the market during the forecast period. Startups such as Flytrex are providing drone software solutions for managing pick and drop delivery operations, generating topographical and weather information, and also managing information such as other in-flight drones on a cloud infrastructure. It recently collaborated with Ukrainian Postal Service and a pharmaceutical delivery company to test its system in tough-to-access locations in the African region. Another company Edgybees developed the world’s first Augmented Reality technology for very fast-moving platforms and although Edgybees provide services in construction, urban planning, and other fields. The company's AR technology is primarily used for disaster management. Innovations and collaborations for technological developments are major factors that are propelling the growth of the drone market in the country.


MEA Drones Market Competitor Analysis

The Middle-East & Africa Drones market is a fragmented one with players, such as SZ DJI Technology Co. Ltd, Parrot SA, AeroVironment Inc., BlueBird Aero Systems Ltd, and Terra Drone Corporation, among others.

The technology development in the market is primarily driven by collaborations between drone manufacturers and drone solutions companies. In order to generate additional revenue, drone service providers are customizing their solution portfolio to fulfill the specific requirements of the end-user industries in the region, such as construction, infrastructure management, and security and surveillance in the Middle Eastern region, whereas in Africa, players, such as WeRobotics Inc., are focusing on the future potential of the agricultural sector. Drone manufacturers are launching new drones to attract customers in the Middle East. For instance, in August 2022, the dealer of DJI Enterprise in the Middle East - The Drone Centre officially announced the launch of two DJI Enterprise solutions in the region - the DJI M30 Series and DJI Zenmuse H20N. The drone market in the Middle East has huge growth opportunities in the coming years and will experience increased competition among manufacturers to tap into this market.

MEA Drones Market Top Players

  1. AeroVironment Inc.

  2. SZ DJI Technology Co., Ltd.

  3. Parrot SA

  4. FalconViz

  5. IAI Group

*Disclaimer: Major Players sorted in no particular order

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MEA Drones Market Recent Developments

  • In February 2022, UVL Robotics launched the first delivery drone in the Middle East service of day-to-day parcel delivery based on drones. The payload of flying couriers is 6.6 pounds. Delivery drones are able to cover a distance of more than 25 miles.
  • As of December 2021, Morocco and Israel were preparing to build two factories for unmanned aircraft in the North Africa state's Al-Aoula region.

MEA Drones 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 Application

      1. 5.1.1 Construction

      2. 5.1.2 Agriculture

      3. 5.1.3 Energy

      4. 5.1.4 Entertainment

      5. 5.1.5 Law Enforcement

      6. 5.1.6 Parcel Delivery

      7. 5.1.7 Other Applications

    2. 5.2 Type

      1. 5.2.1 Fixed Wing Drones

      2. 5.2.2 Rotary Wing Drones

    3. 5.3 Geography

      1. 5.3.1 Saudi Arabia

      2. 5.3.2 United Arab Emirates

      3. 5.3.3 Israel

      4. 5.3.4 South Africa

      5. 5.3.5 Rest of Middle-East and Africa


    1. 6.1 Company Profiles

      1. 6.1.1 SZ DJI Technology Co. Ltd

      2. 6.1.2 Parrot SA

      3. 6.1.3 Microdrones GmbH

      4. 6.1.4 AeroVironment Inc.

      5. 6.1.5 IAI Group

      6. 6.1.6 FalconViz

      7. 6.1.7 Terra Drone Corporation

      8. 6.1.8 Airobotics Ltd

      9. 6.1.9 Percepto

      10. 6.1.10 BlueBird Aero Systems Ltd

      11. 6.1.11 WeRobotics Inc.

      12. 6.1.12 Integrated Aerial Systems


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MEA Drones Market Research FAQs

The Middle-East and Africa Drones Market is studied from 2018 - 2028.

The Middle-East and Africa Drones Market is growing at a CAGR of >8% over the next 5 years.

AeroVironment Inc., SZ DJI Technology Co., Ltd. , Parrot SA, FalconViz , IAI Group are the major companies operating in Middle-East and Africa Drones Market.

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