The GCC Indoor Location-based Services (LBS) Market size was valued at USD 46,171.2 thousand in 2016 and is expected to gain traction over the forecast period. The growing penetration of smartphones in GCC region is a major factor that has contributed toward the growth of the industry in this region. Moreover, the increasing usage of 3D platforms across various industries is expected to stimulate the demand for indoor LBS in this region.
The GCC region has a well-developed infrastructure with large number of parks, skyscrapers, and state-of-the-art malls and campuses. Thus, it enables service providers to offer customers with location information and offers for stores, hotels, and shops through indoor LBS. The region experiences large volume of tourist visiting the countries such as Dubai and Saudi Arabia on a regular basis for business and leisure. Thus, it fosters the usage of location based services at airports, lounges, ATMs and shopping malls to enable convenience to the tourists. For instance, Dubai is the fourth largest tourist destination with the number of tourist estimated at 14.3 million in 2015. It provides an extensive scope for the use of LBS for marketing and promotional services on a large scale.
Bahrain indoor LBS market, by application, 2014 - 2025 (USD Thousand)
Indoor LBS is mainly used for the tracking of assets and navigation to provide assistance and security. The involvement of government in the usage of monitoring devices for tracking public activities contributes toward the industry growth. Furthermore, the use of location based services in retail applications for promotion purposes is further expected to stimulate industry growth over the forecast period.
The difficulty involved in providing real-time accuracy of information by industry participants poses a challenge to the market. Technological proliferation has enabled industry vendors to make use of analytics and business intelligence to improve location accuracy, thereby increasing tracking efficiency.
Location-based advertising service dominated the product segment in 2016 and is anticipated to grow at a CAGR of 49.2% from 2017 to 2025. The services are mainly used to provide customers with updates regarding offers and benefits on various products. Moreover, advertising and marketing services are designed based on location-based service technologies.
Proximity beacons are expected to emerge as the fastest growing segment as they are low in cost and can be easily installed. These beacons are used to deliver various promotional services and hyper-local advertising. They are a replacement for traditional sign boards for customers who prefer accessing information through connected devices such as mobile phones and tablets.
Wi-Fi/WLAN, UWB, BT/BLE, Beacons, and A-GPS dominates the application segment due to the increased penetration of internet broadband and Wi-Fi services in the region. Most of the countries have public Wi-Fi connections to provide customers with connectivity at all places. Along with connectivity, location-based marketing activities are also undertaken by various companies.
Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) and Near Field Communication (NFC) is the fastest growing technological sub-segment in the GCC region owing to the increasing adoption of smartphones that has integrated RFID and QR code scanners to offer customers payment services, security clearances, and voice messaging services.
Qatar GCC indoor LBS market, by end-use, 2016 (%)
Tracking application is anticipated to witness remarkable growth and was valued at USD 15,818.4 thousand in 2016. Indoor LBS is majorly implemented for asset tracking and monitoring purposes. The development of infrastructure in the GCC region has increased the importance of tracking valuable products.
Proximity is expected to be the fastest growing application segment, registering a CAGR of 52.8% over the forecast period. The increased growth is attributed to the use of location-based services for geo-targeting, which provides customers with the location information of the product. This enables effective marketing and customer engagement.
Government is the largest end-use segment and was valued at USD 10,683.9 thousand in 2016. The sector uses indoor LBS on a large scale for security purposes and to provide information regarding public services through mobile applications in the GCC region.
On the other hand, retail is the fastest growing end-use segment, registering a CAGR of 52.9% over the forecast period. The emergence of global brands entering the GCC region has led to an increased scope for the promotion of products and services that enable the use of LBS on an extensive scale.
Saudi Arabia holds the largest share among all other GCC countries due to the high GDP and huge involvement of the government toward digitalization. The government in this region has developed plans to provide internet connectivity across all areas of the country. Moreover, the adoption of smart devices in this country is higher as compared to other countries.
UAE is the fastest growing country owing to famous tourist destinations in cities such as Dubai, which enables large-scale retail companies to set up offices. Furthermore, the widespread infrastructure enables the usage of location based services to a large extent for location and marketing purposes.
Key players in the industry include Apple Inc., Cisco Systems Inc., GloPos, Google Inc., HERE, iinside, IndoorAtlas Ltd., Micello, Inc., Microsoft Corp., Navizon Inc., Qualcomm Technologies Inc., Ruckus Wireless, Inc., Shopkick, Inc., Sprooki Pte Ltd., and YOOSE Pte. Ltd. among others.
OEM manufacturers provide a lucrative scope for industry growth as the demand is high for connected devices such as mobile phones, tablets, and wearable devices in this region. Industry participants are highly competitive as the solutions provided by these companies can be deployed across multiple platforms and different devices. As such, they are likely to acquire a major market share. Large companies focus on new product developments to retain industry share whereas small companies provide small-scale solutions such as software and updates.
Base year for estimation
Actual estimates/Historical data
2014 - 2016
2017 - 2025
Revenue in USD Thousand and CAGR from 2017 to 2025
Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and UAE
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Segments Covered in the Report
This report forecasts revenue growth at global, regional, and country levels and provides an analysis of the industry trends in each of the sub-segments from 2014 to 2025. For the purpose of this study, Grand View Research has segmented the GCC indoor LBS market based on product, technology, application, end-use and region.
Product Scope (Revenue, USD Thousand; 2014 - 2025)
Analytics and Insights
Location and Alerts
Location-based Advertising Services
Secure Transactions and Redemptions
Technology Security Scope (Revenue, USD Thousand; 2014 - 2025)
Context Aware Technology
Observed Time Difference of Arrival (OTDOA) and Enhanced Observed Time Difference of Arrival (E-OTDOA)
Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) and Near Field Communication (NFC)
Satellite, Microwave and Infrared Sensing
Wi-Fi/WLAN, UWB, BT/BLE, Beacons, and A-GPS
Application Security Scope (Revenue, USD Thousand; 2014 - 2025)
End-use Scope (Revenue, USD Thousand; 2014 - 2025)
Aerospace & Defense
IT & Telecommunication
Energy & Power
Transportation & Logistics
Country Scope (Revenue, USD Thousand; 2014 - 2025)
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