Residential Real Estate Market in Saudi Arabia - Growth, Trends, COVID-19 Impact, and Forecasts (2021 - 2026)

The Residential Real Estate Market in Saudi Arabia is segmented by Type (Condominiums, Villas, and Other Types), Key Cities, and Other Urban, Suburban, and Rural Markets.

Market Snapshot

Study Period:

2016 - 2026

Base Year:



11.95 %

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Market Overview

  • The residential market in Saudi Arabia softened in 2018. However, the transaction volumes for real estate picked up significantly across the key cities of the Kingdom in 2019. In line with the Vision 2030, the government aims to double real estate’s contribution to the country’s GDP to 10% by 2020, and the company is undertaking a couple of measures to achieve this. The government's focus on the real estate sector, as a part of the diversification process of the economy, is anticipated to boost the residential market over the coming years, in the country. 
  • Saudi Arabia currently has a population of 32 million, which is growing by more than 2%, annually. It is dominated by young middle-class Saudi Arabians who are first-time homebuyers, as 45% of the country´s population is below 20 years old. The demand from expatriates has further intensified the housing shortage, with about 5.5 million ex-pat workers in the country. With younger Saudi nationals and expatriates displaying a preference for apartments and more affordable properties, the government is taking steps, such as incentivizing developers, in order to build affordable housing projects, thereby, encouraging banks to introduce more home financing options.
  • To fulfill its ambition of increasing homeownership by Saudi Arabia nationals to 60% by 2020 and 70% by 2030, the Saudi Arabian housing ministry announced a plan to build approximately 19,500 residential units for its nationals, under the ‘Sakani’ housing development program. The Ministry of Housing in partnership with the Real Estate Development Fund (REDF) launched ‘Sakani II’, which aims to deliver 300,000 residential products throughout the Kingdom in 2019. The Kingdom has even introduced a rental price index to increase transparency and regulation in the residential real estate sector.
  • These initiatives are anticipated to increase the homeownership rates in the country, which may strengthen the residential real estate market in Saudi Arabia.

Scope of the Report

This report aims to provide a detailed analysis of the Saudi Arabian residential real estate market. It focuses on the market dynamics, technological trends, insights, and government initiatives taken in the residential real estate sector. Also, it analyzes the key players present in the market and the competitive landscape of the Saudi Arabian residential real estate market.

BY Type
Other Types
By Key Cities

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Key Market Trends

Housing supply continues to rise across key cities of Saudi Arabia

Riyadh and Jeddah, which are the two key cities in Saudi Arabia, witnessed a rise in housing supply in 2018. As per estimates, in Riyadh, the total housing supply was around 1.29 million units by the end of 2018, up from 1.26 million units at the end of 2017. In Jeddah, the total housing supply stood at 0.817 million units in 2018, which was also an increase from 0.813 million units recorded at the end of 2017.

However, Riyadh’s housing supply is expected to rise by around 30,000 units by 2020, while Jeddah’s housing supply is predicted to increase by around 7,000 units in 2019, and by 16,000 units in 2020. This increase in the housing supply is expected to generate demand for new houses in the Kingdom. 


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Increasing residential transactions in Saudi Arabia

Despite the current slowdown in the country's real estate market, the demand for lower and middle-income housing remained strong in Riyadh, Jeddah, and DMA (Dammam Metropolitan Area), in 2019.  In Jeddah, the current housing supply is focused mostly on middle-income housing, with the majority of the new housing developments happening in the north and the east of Jeddah. Residential developments in Al Khobar are largely taking place in The Al Khamra and Al Aziziyah districts, as the central areas have limited availability of residential land, following many years of strong development activity. 

The number of residential transactions in Riyadh increased by nearly 122% Y-o-Y in Q3 2019, and the number of residential transactions in Jeddah also increased by 82% Y-o-Y in Q3 2019, indicating a steady recovery in real estate transactions for the fourth consecutive quarter. The number of residential transactions in the DMA (Dammam Metropolitan Area) also increased by 72% Y-o-Y in Q3 2019, for the fourth consecutive quarter. The value of residential transactions witnessed a significant increase mainly driven by a surge in transaction volumes, as prices remain under pressure. Soft market conditions, efforts to expand the mortgage market, largescale housing schemes, and improving consumer sentiment contributed to this positive momentum in the increase of residential transactions, within the country. 


Competitive Landscape

The report covers the major players operating in the Saudi Arabian residential real estate market. Some of the major players in the market are Jabal Omar Development Company, Al Saeden Holding Company, and Emaar. The mergers and acquisitions (M&A) activity in Saudi Arabia is also expected to increase in the coming years, which is likely to increase real estate development, thereby, making more companies enter the market.

Table of Contents


    1. 1.1 Study Assumptions

    2. 1.2 Scope of the Study




    1. 4.1 Current Economic Scenario and Consumer Sentiment

    2. 4.2 Residential Real Estate Buying Trends - Socioeconomic and Demogpaphic Insights

    3. 4.3 Government Initiatives, Regulatory Aspects for Residential Real Estate Sector

    4. 4.4 Insights on Size of Real Estate Lending and Loan to Value Trends

    5. 4.5 Insights on Interest Rate Regime for General Economy, and Real Estate Lending

    6. 4.6 Insights on Rental Yields in Residential Real Estate Segment

    7. 4.7 Insights on Capital Market Penetration and REIT Presence in Residential Real Estate

    8. 4.8 Insights on Affordable Housing Support Provided by Government and Public-private Partnerships

    9. 4.9 Insights on Real Estate Tech and Startups Active in Real Estate Segment (Broking, Social Media, Facility Management, and Property Management)

    10. 4.10 Market Dynamics

      1. 4.10.1 Drivers

      2. 4.10.2 Restraints

      3. 4.10.3 Opportunities

      4. 4.10.4 Challenges


    1. 5.1 BY Type

      1. 5.1.1 Condominiums

      2. 5.1.2 Villas

      3. 5.1.3 Other Types

    2. 5.2 By Key Cities

      1. 5.2.1 Riyadh

      2. 5.2.2 Jeddah

      3. 5.2.3 Dammam


    1. 6.1 Market Concentration

    2. 6.2 Company Profiles

      1. 6.2.1 Jenan Real Estate Company

      2. 6.2.2 Ewaan Co. Ltd

      3. 6.2.3 Sedco Development

      4. 6.2.4 Jabal Omar

      5. 6.2.5 Emaar

      6. 6.2.6 Sedco Development

      7. 6.2.7 Abdul Latif Jamal

      8. 6.2.8 Rafal

      9. 6.2.9 Al sedan

      10. 6.2.10 Dar Al Arkan

      11. 6.2.11 Alfirah United Company for Real Estate

      12. 6.2.12 AL Nassar


  8. 8. Disclaimer

  9. 9. About Us

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Frequently Asked Questions

The KSA Residential Real Estate Market market is studied from 2016 - 2026.

The KSA Residential Real Estate Market is growing at a CAGR of 11.95% over the next 5 years.

  • Jabal Omar Development Company
  • Al sedan Holding Company
  • Emaar
  • Sedco Development
  • Abdul Latif Jamal

Are the major companies operating in KSA Residential Real Estate Market.

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