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Opportunities in Lubricants: Middle East Market Analysis

Regional Coverage: Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates

Base Year: 2019
Published August 2020

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Base Year: 2023
Forecast: 2028 & 2033
To Be Published: Q4 2023

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The Middle East, particularly the six GCC countries, are recovering rapidly from the economic downturn inflected by COVID-19. This growth is primary driven by petroleum sector growth, easing of business and travel restrictions, and an effective vaccination program. The region is also a beneficiary of the changes in the energy sector due to the war in Ukraine. In view of these developments, this report examines the recovery in the lubricants market in the post-COVID-19 world.


  • This report provides a detailed, independent appraisal of the finished automotive and industrial lubricants industry in the Middle East and identifies market opportunities and challenges for lubricants suppliers, distributors, lubricants additive suppliers, and basestock manufacturers.
  • Topics covered in the study are:
  • Commercial automotive lubricants: Heavy-duty engine oil, hydraulic and transmission fluid, gear oil, and grease
  • Consumer automotive lubricants: Passenger car engine oil, 2T/4T motorcycle oil, ATF, gear oil, and grease
  • Industrial oils and fluids: Hydraulic fluid, compressor and refrigeration oils, turbine and circulating oils, gear oil, grease, and other general industrial oils and fluids

Covers Impact of Electrification and Sustainability Trends on Lubricants

Table of Contents


Executive Summary

An overview of the Middle East region, summarizing the country-level report findings, plus 5- and 10-year forecasts.

  • Regional macroeconomic trends
  • Lubricant market review
  • Lubricant performance trends
  • Sustainability trends in lubricants market
  • Supplier market shares
  • Lubricant demand outlook
  • Lubricant market review by country:
    • - Bahrain
    • - Saudi Arabia
    • - Kuwait
    • - Oman
    • - Qatar
    • - United Arab Emirates

Country Profiles

  • Introduction: Market appraisal, economic background
  • Mobility: Vehicle parc, production, and sales. Emerging mobility trends
  • Commercial automotive lubricants:
    • - Lubricant specifications and applications
    • - Lubricant demand by product category and market segment (on-highway and off-highway)
    • - HDMO demand by formulation type, viscosity grade, market segment (on- and off-highway), and API classification
    • - Market segments: On-highway and off-highway
    • - Maintenance and purchasing practices
    • - Market developments
  • Consumer automotive lubricants:
  • - Lubricant specifications and applications
  • - Lubricant demand by product category
  • - PCMO demand by formulation type, viscosity grade, and API classification
  • - Market segments: Installed and retail
  • - Maintenance and purchasing practices
  • - Market developments
  • Industrial lubricants:
  • - Lubricant specifications and applications
  • - Overall market by major product categories
  • - General industrial oil and grease
  • - Process oil and metalworking fluid
  • - Industrial engine oil
  • - End-use industries
  • - Maintenance and purchasing practices
  • - Market developments
  • - Sustainability: Policies, technologies, market initiatives, and products related to low carbon and sustainability trends
  • Lubricants suppliers:
  • - Supplier sales by market segments
  • - Supplier sales to commercial automotive segment by on-highway and off-highway segments
  • - Supplier sales to consumer automotive segment by car and two-wheeler segments
  • - Supplier sales of process oils and metalworking fluids
  • - Supplier sales of high-performance (synthetics) gear oil, hydraulic fluid, and grease

Report Benefits

This report serves as an excellent resource for lubricants marketers and manufacturers to gain insight and understanding into the Middle East lubricants market. Specifically, it assists subscribers by:

  • Assessing the current size of the Middle East finished lubricants market by major countries and product categories
  • Identifying opportunities for revenue growth, while recognizing barriers to growth and developing strategies to overcome them
  • Analyzing the leading suppliers that are active in the region and evaluating opportunities for mergers, acquisitions, and alliances

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