Local PC market booms

The PC markets in both the UAE and Saudi Arabia witnessed remarkable growth in the fourth quarter of 2002 as unit shipments increased by 24% and 10% respectively

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By  Oula Alfarawati Published  April 15, 2003

The PC markets in both the UAE and Saudi Arabia witnessed remarkable growth in the fourth quarter of 2002 as unit shipments increased by 24% and 10% respectively. Total PC sales reached 63,847 units in the UAE and 72,862 units in Saudi Arabia, according to IDC.

While the UAE’s desktop and PC server market grew by 3.4% and 16% respectively, the bulk of the country’s PC growth came from notebook PC sales, which were double those reported for Q401.

“This expansion in portable PC placements was mainly driven by the explicit intention of vendors to push through notebook PC stocks to their Middle East distributors in order to meet with the demands of the re-scheduled Dubai Shopping Festival,” comments IDC MENA research analyst, Omar Shihab.

“The continued decline in notebook PC prices has also encouraged many small-to-medium sized (SMB) and small office/home office (SoHo) customers to opt for portable computers,” he adds.

In contrast, the Saudi PC market recorded a modest unit shipment growth of 10% in Q4 last year. This was also mainly driven by an increase in notebook PC shipments to the Kingdom, which grew by 13% year-on-year to reach 13,147 units.

“The limited expansion in PC sales in the Kingdom mainly stemmed from a wait & watch attitude adopted by several large end-users, primarily in the government administration sector,” explains Shihab.

The analyst house is optimistic in its outlook for Q103 and reports that PC deliveries will not be greatly affected by the current political climate as distributors have maintained their PC stock levels. Preliminary estimates suggest that PC sales will expand by 15% and 8% in UAE and Saudi Arabia respectively.

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