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Press Dossier    By Date   24/04/2024 Saudi Arabia fastest-growing IT market in region, ICT spending to hit $37.5bn in 2024

Arab News, Wed, Apr 24, 2024 | Shawwal 15, 1445

​​Saudi Arabia fastest-growing IT market in region, ICT spending to hit $37.5bn in 2024

Saudi Arabia: Saudi Arabia is the fastest-growing information technology market in the Middle East, Turkey, and the African region, with double-digit growth in technology spending, according to analysts.

Jyoti Lalchandani, regional managing director of research firm IDC, said wider information and communication technology market spending is expected to reach $37.5 billion by the end of 2024.

The comments were made during the ICT Indicators Forum, which was hosted by the Ministry of Communication and Information Technology alongside the Communications, Space, and Technology Commission in Riyadh on April 24. 

It was further noted that spending in this area across the Saudi government sector would exceed $752 million by the end of 2024 as innovative technologies become foundational to building an “experience economy.”

“AI, big data analytics, IoT, and cybersecurity spending is poised for tremendous growth and will account for almost one-third of overall IT spending in Saudi Arabia in 2024. Spending on AI in Saudi Arabia will surpass $720 million in 2024, reaching $1.9 billion by 2027 at a CAGR (compound annual growth rate) of 40 percent—half of that will be on interpretative AI,” Lalchandani said.

“We have seen Saudi Arabia emerge as a hub for the cloud,” he added, with spending on public cloud forecasted to surpass $2.4 billion in 2024 and reach $4.7 billion by 2027. 

Software-as-a-Service will account for more than 50 percent of the 2024 spending.

IDP further highlighted that spending on cybersecurity alone will surpass the $1 billion mark in 2024 and reach $1.6 billion in 2027.

“I do remember a few years ago, the cybersecurity market was estimated at about $500 million. Today, we’re talking about literally double that. We’re talking about $1 billion in the cybersecurity industry, and to hear it be called the fastest growing market in the region is really a testament to our beloved nation,” Salman Faqeeh, CEO of Cisco Saudi Arabia, said while speaking on a panel during the forum.

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