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23 July 2024

Meet The Region's 100 Most Powerful Listed Firms

Forbes Middle East Unveils The Top Listed Companies In The Middle East

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  • The market value of the 100 companies stands at $3.6 trillion.  
  • The U.A.E. dominates with 32 companies on the list, followed by Saudi Arabia with 31.  
  • Saudi Aramco retains its lead as the region's biggest company for the fifth year.
  • Six newcomers join the ranking, including Borouge, PureHealth Holding, and Elm.

 

Forbes Middle East has revealed its annual Top 100 Listed Companies ranking for 2024, spotlighting the region’s largest, most valuable, and most profitable firms. Collectively, the 100 companies experienced a 5.1% decline in sales, dropping from $1.1 trillion in 2022 to $1 trillion in 2023. Their net profits also fell by 13.5% to $240.2 billion, and their total market value saw a slight reduction of 4.4% to $3.6 trillion as of April 2024. Nonetheless, the total value of their assets increased by 5.4% to $4.9 trillion in 2023 compared to the previous year.

To construct the list, Forbes Middle East collected data from listed stock exchanges in the Arab world and ranked firms based on their reported sales, assets, and profits for the 2023 financial year, along with market value as of April 26, 2024. Each metric was given equal weight, and companies with the same final scores were given the same rank. Companies that had not disclosed their 2023 audited financial statements as of April 26, 2024, were excluded.

GCC firms reigned the list with 92 entries, led by the U.A.E. with 32 companies, followed by 31 from Saudi Arabia. The ranking also features 14 companies from Qatar, 10 from Kuwait, four from Morocco, three from Bahrain, and two entries each from Egypt, Jordan, and Oman.

Saudi Aramco retains the top spot this year with $660.8 billion in assets and $1.9 trillion in market value. In January 2024, Aramco and Rongsheng Petrochemical announced their plans to buy stakes in each other’s units. In the same month, Aramco allocated an additional $4 billion to its global venture capital arm, Aramco Ventures, increasing its total investment allocation to $7 billion. Saudi National Bank and the International Holding Company complete the top three.

The banking and financial services sector continues to be the most represented with 45 entries generating combined sales of $223.5 billion and holding $3.3 trillion in assets. Six of the top 10 companies operate in banking and financial services. However, the energy sector, with five companies, remains the most profitable, boasting total profits of $127.5 billion, largely due to Aramco. Telecommunications and industrials are the second and third most represented sectors, with nine and seven entries, respectively.

Despite a challenging economic year for businesses globally, the 2024 list featured six newcomers: the U.A.E.’s ADNOC Gas, Borouge, PureHealth Holding, and ADNOC Logistics & Services, and Saudi’s Elm and ADES Holding. While notable dropouts include SABIC—ranked second last year—after reporting a $102.5 million loss in 2023, compared to a $6.3 billion profit in 2022.

Top 10 Listed Companies in the Middle East 2024

1 | Saudi Aramco 

Country: Saudi Arabia

Sector: Energy

2 | Saudi National Bank (SNB)

Country: Saudi Arabia

Sector: Banks & Financial Services

3 | International Holding Company (IHC)

Country: U.A.E.  

Sector: Investments

4 | QNB Group

Country: Qatar

Sector: Banks & Financial Services

 

5 | First Abu Dhabi Bank (FAB)

Country: U.A.E.

Sector: Banks & Financial Services

6 | Emirates NBD

Country: U.A.E.

Sector: Banks & Financial Services

6 | alrajhi bank

Country: Saudi Arabia

Sector: Banks & Financial Services

8 | TAQA Group

Country: U.A.E.

Sector: Utilities  

9 | Saudi Electricity Company (SEC)

Country: Saudi Arabia

Sector: Utilities

10 | Kuwait Finance House (KFH)

Country: Kuwait

Sector: Banks & Financial Services

Click here for the complete ranking of the Top 100 Listed Companies in the Middle East 2024.

About Forbes Middle East

Forbes Middle East is a licensed edition of Forbes for the Arab world, championing inspiring business journalism and entrepreneurial capitalism. Its online and social platforms break news covering billionaires, business, investment, technology, economy, entrepreneurship, leadership, and luxury lifestyles. The monthly magazine, featuring in-depth interviews with the Middle East’s most influential and innovative leaders, is published in print in English and Arabic, with digital versions available to both regional and global audiences online. Forbes Middle East extends the Forbes brand of journalism across the Arab world, conducting its own comprehensive research to publish original lists that adhere to strict methodologies. Its content attracts business leaders, investors, active and potential entrepreneurs, and a wide audience of ambitious and influential executives.

Media contact: Basma Aly Sadek: basma@forbesmiddleeast.com