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Black Friday 2018 in Saudi Arabia. What do the numbers tell us?

Black Friday 2018 in Saudi Arabia. What do the numbers tell us?

Right before the biggest sale season of the year—Black Friday—analysts from conducted research and a survey among Saudis. The results of the research reveal what we can expect from Black Friday this year. From this report you’ll learn, among other things, if you can trust the sales that will be offered, what’s the consumers’ attitude toward Black Friday and how much Saudis are going to spend during Black Friday shopping spree which starts on 23rd November.

Expecting large discounts

Black Friday 2018 in Saudi Arabia

Customers will not waste the opportunity to save money on shopping. 45% of the surveyed Saudis admitted that they’re going to take part in the upcoming Black Friday sales. This is most likely the result of marketing campaigns—only 5 years ago Black Friday in Saudi Arabia didn’t stir up as many emotions as in the USA or the United Kingdom.

There are other numbers that confirm the serious intentions of consumers on that day. 66% of shoppers save money prior to Black Friday just to shop on this day. Let’s remember that Black Friday sales are usually associated with electronics and housewares which are the best-selling products. 5% of respondents decided to buy on installments on Black Friday. The remaining 29% declared that they earn enough to afford some bigger shopping.

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During Black Friday, Saudis are going to do some serious shopping. Most consumers (44%) are going to buy 2-3 products, and 22% are going to go on a shopping spree and buy more than 5 items. What’s more, 57% of buyers already have an idea what’s going to end up in their baskets. This can be due to the infinite number of guides to what’s worth buying and how to find the biggest discounts.

Our survey shows, that in Saudi Arabia Black Friday is an occasion to get a present for yourself (71% of respondents chose this answer) or to buy something for your household (27%).

Are sales real?

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Multiple reports about fake sales have no effect on experienced clients. 92% of respondents claim that they can find the real discounts among all the Black Friday offers and only 8% say that the sales are fictional and unworthy of the attention of consumers. Let’s remind that according to the last year’s statistics the average discount during Black Friday in Saudi Arabia reached 44%.

What does an average shopper look like?

Portrait of the shopper in Saudi Arabia

The results of the surveys show that an average man will spend more money on sales than an average woman: 961 SAR and 783 SAR respectively.

The statistics also say that mobile devices dominated desktops. 57% of consumers did their shopping on mobile phones on Black Friday, 3% used tablets and 40% used desktops.

Black Friday in numbers

  • 92% of respondents trust sales and can find the real discounts
  • 4 out of 10 customers participating in Black Friday don’t know what they’re going to buy yet and will buy things with attractive discounts
  • 66% of respondents save money to take part in Black Friday
  • 44% are going to buy 2-3 products on sales


In the report, we used internal statistical data of the discount platform as well as the results of the survey conducted between 25th and 31st October 2018.

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