Telco giants STC and Etisalat are ranked no. 1 and no. 2 respectively in the inaugural BrandZ Top 30 Most Valuable Emirati and Saudi Brands

– FAB and Emirates the other two UAE brands among the top five

– Emaar features among the Top 10

– Banks and telecomproviders contribute 70% of total brand value

– HungerStation is the youngest brand and only lifestyle platform in the Top 30

– Innovation presents a significant growth opportunity for Emirati and Saudi brands

Tuesday 6 October, 2020; Dubai, UAE: Identifying the most valuable brands in the region, the inaugural BrandZ™ Top 30 Most Valuable Emirati and Saudi Brands 2020 ranking was released today by WPP and Kantar.With a combined value of $50 billion, the ranking includes consumer-facing brands from across a range of categories, from food to energy,which reflect the changing lifestyles and attitudes within the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia.

The brands featured in the new BrandZ™ Top 30 Most Valuable Emirati and Saudi Brands ranking 2020 are based on the unique and objective BrandZ™ brand valuation methodology that combines extensive consumer insights with rigorous ­financial analysis. For this study, over 12,000 consumers were interviewed about 300+ brands across19 categories.

Telecom providers and banks contribute 70% ($35 billion) of the combined brand value of the Top 30. Saudi telecom giant, STC is the most valuable brand, worth $9.7 billion, topping the ranking due to its scale and strength, as well as bold new communications initiatives and a strong sense of brand purpose.In addition to providing telecom services,it has made efforts to promote opportunities for women, young people and for people with determination.

With its focus on customer experience,Etisalat ($5.2 billion) is the second most valuable brand. The telecoms company focuses on how technology enriches people’s lives, communicated throughits “Together Matters” tagline and Smiles loyalty scheme.Al Rajhi Bank ($4.7 billion) and FAB ($3.9 billion) are no. 3 and no. 4, out of the 13 banking brands in the Top 30.

Emirates ($3 billion) completes the top five with the highest brand equity of the Top 30 brands. The only airline in the ranking,Emirates has successfully integrated online and offline services for a seamless customer experience, while pioneering sustainable measures.

HungerStation(no. 25; $488 million) is the youngest brand in this inaugural ranking and the only lifestyle platform in the Top 30. Its success shows the importance of understanding the market, from what people eat to how they shop, as well as the effectiveness of targeting different consumer groups with different communications. During the coronavirus pandemic the brand offered free delivery of groceries and pharmacy products to its customers.

Knowing the importance of local cuisine in people’s lives has propelled two food brands,Almarai(no. 6; $2.8 billion) and Saudia(no. 30; $290 million) into the ranking.Accounting for 6% of the Top 30’s value, both brands have expanded from their original dairy business, although this remains their primary focus because of its prominence in regional dishes.

Real estate brand Emaar (no. 9; $1.8 billion) has put innovation at the forefront of its customer experience by developing the Emaar ONE app to allow homeowners to fully manage their property from their phone. Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) (no. 11, $1.7 billion) has successfully expanded its oil and gas operations across the region to meet the challenges of an ever-changing energy market.

Many brands have adapted their communications to reflect the developing role of women in the region and in the corporate world. Banks in particular have placed women at the heart of their brand building efforts, including Riyad Bank (no. 13; $1.0 billion) which offers specialised banking services with professional women-only staff. Samba (no.15; $901 million) offers dedicated branches for women and became the first banking group with a female CEO in Saudi Arabia.

David Roth, CEO of The Store WPP, EMEA and Asia and Chairman of BrandZ, said:“In this first BrandZ ranking to cover Emirati and Saudi brands, it’s clear that there are huge opportunities in the region for brands that can adapt to new and dynamic markets and meet fast-changing consumer needs.Creating value by developing meaningfully different, valuable and responsible brands in the region is good for consumers, economies, businesses, employers and shareholders alike.”

BrandZ Top 10 Most Valuable Emirati and Saudi Brands 2020

Rank 2020BrandValuation CategoryBrand Value 2020 (USD mil)
1STCTelecom Providers 9,673
2EtisalatTelecom Providers 5,169
3Al Rajhi BankBanks 4,732
4FABBanks 3,918
5EmiratesTravel Services 2,996
6AlmaraiFood 2,784
7NCBBanks 2,017
8Jarir BookstoreRetail 1,861
9EmaarReal Estate 1,826
10MobilyTelecom Providers 1,715

Amol Ghate, CEO Middle East, Insights Division, Kantar:“Our first Top 30 ranking is reflective of the diversity and dynamic nature of life within the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia. We see brands that have a long history in the region, as well as new and upcoming brands that are influencing the way we live, shop, eat and travel. It’s an exciting time as new innovative brands collide with old, but what they have in common is a desire to meet the demands of a changing society. At the same time, brands have had to adapt quickly during the global pandemic to meet customer needs and support local communities at a time of crisis.”

Other key trends in the BrandZ Top 30 Most Valuable Emirati and Saudi Brands ranking:

  • Closing the innovation gap – improving perceptions of innovation is a significant opportunity for brands to drive brand value growth and to connect with new generations of customers. With no pure-play technology companies in the Top 30, there is a big opportunity for brands to step into the breach and capitalise on digital connectivity and meet changing consumer behaviour, such as the move to online shopping
  • Disruptive and emerging brands are knocking on the door of the Top 30, including challenger brand Noon, which uses innovative geo-tagging technology to deliver products to exactly the right place, adding grocery to its existing portfolio to expand its base during the pandemic. Ride-hailing app,Careem has evolved its range of services including online grocery, while CAFU,the most disruptive brand in the region and scoring high on ‘difference’,is offering the first petrol delivery application and has customised its offerings to different types of customers. In addition, Saudi brand Albaik is shaking up fast food with its ‘must-have’ broasted chicken
  • Brand purposeis an opportunity for brands in the region to increase brand value further. Companies like Hunger Station, Emirates, Albaik and Almarai all score highly on the BrandZ Purpose Index. While purpose is not about ‘saving the world’, brands are recognising that even small steps can make a big difference with consumers

The BrandZ strong brand portfolios have consistently outperformed the market, including the S&P 500 and MSCI World Index. This validates the role of marketing and brand-building investment to support recovery at a critical time for businesses.

The BrandZ™ Top 30 Most Valuable Emirati and Saudi Brands report and ranking and extensiveanalysis are available online hereand The reports, rankings, charts, articles and more can also be accessed through the BrandZ app, which is free to download for Apple IOS and all Android devices from or by searching for BrandZ in the iTunes or Google Play app stores.



About the 2020 BrandZ™ Top 30 Most Valuable Emirati and Saudi Brands

Commissioned by WPP and Kantar, the valuation behind the BrandZ™ Top 30 Most Valuable Emirati and Saudi Brands was conducted by brand equity research experts Kantar. The methodology mirrors that used to calculate the annual BrandZ Top 100 Most Valuable Global Brands ranking, which is now in its 15th year.

The ranking combines rigorously analysed market data from Bloomberg with extensive consumer insights from over 3.8 million consumers around the world, covering more than 17,801 different brands in over 51 markets – including opinions from over 12,000 consumers acrossSaudi Arabia and UnitedArab Emirates on over 300 brands in 19categories.

Grounded in consumer opinion, BrandZTM analysis enables businesses to identify their brand’s strength in the market and provides clear strategic guidance on how to boost value for the long-term.

The BrandZ™ Top 30 Most Valuable Emirati and Saudi Brands is the most definitive and robust ranking of the region’s brands available, and thebrands ranked must meet three eligibility criteria:

  • The brand originated in the United Arab Emirates or Saudi Arabia
  • The brand is owned by an enterprise listed on a credible stock exchange or by a private enterprise with its complete financial statements available in public domain
  • For banks, a minimum of 30% of its operating income should be generated by its retail segment

The suite of BrandZTM brand valuation rankings and reports currently includes Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Latin America (Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Mexico, Peru), The Netherlands, South Africa, Spain, the UK and the US. Access a suite of customised reports and data packages from BrandZ via

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