Middle East Metal Working expected to reach $5 billion by 2028: Ken Research


As the Middle Eastern countries develop their manufacturing & automotive units, there’s a surge within the metalworking industry of the region.

Amidst the transformative winds of 2023, the Middle East is in the midst of an infrastructure renaissance. Landmarks like Dubai’s climate-controlled URB Bridge and the UAE National Railway Network stand as testaments to this era of advancement. As the region invests heavily in construction and transportation, the demand for metal fabrication and processing intensifies, fueling the growth of the metalworking industry.

Story Outline

  • In 2023, the Middle East’s vigorous infrastructural investments, exemplified by projects like Dubai’s URB Bridge and the UAE National Railway Network, underscore the region’s commitment to modernization.
  • Middle Eastern governments are steering their countries toward industrialization and economic growth. With policies like Dubai Industrial Strategy 2030, initiatives like the UAE Programme and transformative events like StreetFab, all these propel digital transformation and local innovation in the metalworking sector.
  • The shift from oil dependency to manufacturing is reshaping the Middle East economy. Countries like Saudi Arabia are forging agreements with global partners to expand their manufacturing capabilities, resulting in a surge in metalworking needs to support various industries, including automotive and electronics.
  • According to Ken Research, the Middle East Metal Working Market is projected to reach $5 billion till 2028, owing to the increase in the construction & manufacturing industry which demands metal working functions like machining, welding, casting, forging which are useful to transform raw material to finished products.

1. Middle East’s Infrastructural Investment Fuel Metal Industry Boom.

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UAE Rail Network Map, 2023

The year 2023 is seeing various kinds of infrastructural investment made across the Middle East areas, like the URB Bridge in Dubai, which is a climate-controlled year-round structure designed to promote cycling & walking as a primary mode of transport.  The UAE National Railway Network was set up at the main center for Control & Maintenance in Al Fayah region of Abu Dhabi.

Countries in these regions are heavily investing in construction of new buildings & means of transportation. It shows how these projects require significant amount of metal fabrication & processing, driving demand for metalworking products & services.

2. Government’s Led Industrial Boom: Dubai’s Vision & High-Tech Innovations

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Objectives of Dubai Industrial Strategy, 2030

Governments in the Middle East countries are known for investing towards initiatives involving industrialization, economic growth & job creation. Countries like Dubai have been scaling up their efforts to become an industrial hub, which is in line with the Dubai Industrial Strategy 2030. This policy aims to improve the industrial growth of the region & to promote research & development.

With policies which aim to speed up the digital transformation of the industrial sector, trade events like StreetFab have emerged as a game changer for the metal working industry in UAE & the Middle East.

Moreover, government initiatives like UAE Programme aims to develop 1,000 technological projects are launched to promote innovation, research & development enhance local supply chain.

According to Ken Research, the Middle East Metal Working Market is projected to reach $5 billion till 2028, owing to the increase in the construction & manufacturing industry which demands metal working functions like machining, welding, casting, forging which are useful to transform raw material to finished products.

3. Forging Skilled Futures: MEITI & Mont Royal Elevate Middle East Metalworking

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Top Skills Required in Middle East regions, 2022

As the demand for metalworking industry starts increasing, inevitably there is a need to have skilled employees who can perform the technicalities of the given job. In Middle East, there are institutes like the Middle East Industrial Training Institute (MEITI), Mont Royal Elevate in Abu Dhabi, are renowned for providing internationally accredited training provider of technical, management & skills training courses.

Investment in training & skill development programs can help in meeting on-the-job demands & ensure a capable workforce.

4. From Oil to Innovation: Middle East’s Industrial Renaissance Fuels Metalworking Surge

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Automotive parts which require metal working

As the Middle Eastern countries have stopped their dependence on oil industry, they’re gradually increasing their manufacturing capabilities. In January 2022, Saudi Aramco announced 50 preliminary agreements with local & international companies including Honeywell, Larsen & Turbo & Sutherland Global Services, as a part of In-Kingdom Total Value Add (IKTVA) drive to increase the volume of goods and services produced in Saudi Arabia.

Metalworking forms a crucial part of the manufacturing industry, including automotive, electronics etc.

5. Middle East Automobile Boom Drives Surge in Metalworking Demand

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Demand for new vehicles in the Middle East & Gulf regions (excluding Iran) has increased by 22.3% in December 2022. In 2021, Saudi Arabia led the region when it comes to increasing sales in terms of passenger & commercial car sales. Turkey & Iran are two countries which have been dominating in automotive productions & they focused on producing passenger cars followed by light commercial vehicles.

More cars produced means increasing demand for engine parts, hinges, body panels etc. which demands metalworking products.


In the heart of the Middle East’s rapid evolution, the convergence of infrastructural investments, governmental initiatives, and shifting economic landscapes marks the onset for a resounding metal industry boom.

As nations diversify their economies, embrace innovation, and invest in skilled training, the demand for metalworking products and services will certainly reach new heights.

This transformative journey from oil reliance to manufacturing prowess underscores the region’s determination to shape its destiny through industrial growth and innovation.