Disposable masks are also known as surgical masks, are designed to be worn once and then thrown away. They come in a rectangle shape and are meant to cover individuals nose and mouth. Disposable face masks are generally made of breathable material, which may be synthetic or a cotton mix.
The GCC Disposable Face Mask is projected to grow at a CAGR of around 21.13% during the forecast period, i.e., 2023-28. The demand for disposable face masks is growing at an alarming rate due to the reinforcement of the mandatory norms by all governments of GCC countries for the compulsory usage of a mask for the public while going out of the home for food and grocery shopping due to the outbreak of COVID-19. Moreover, the increasing rate of COVID-19 cases in the country is anticipated to further bolster the demand for the disposal of face masks in the GCC region in the forthcoming years. According to the World Health Organization, the number of COVID-19 cases in Saudi Arabia escalated from 2,932 on April 8, 2020, to 101,194 on June 8, 2020.
|Study Period||Historical Data: 2018-21|
|Base Year: 2022|
|Forecast Period: 2023-28|
|Country Covered||Saudi Arabia, The UAE, Qatar, Kuwait, Bahrain, Oman|
|Key Companies Profiled||3M, Honeywell International Inc., ANSELL LTD., Moldex, Kimberly-Clark Corporation, Medicom, Cardinal Health, Inc., uvex group, The Gerson Company., Others|
|Unit Denominations||USD Million/Billion|
Furthermore, the growing construction of healthcare infrastructure in the nations like the UAE, Kuwait, Qatar, etc., is expected to drive the GCC Disposable Face mask market in the forecast years. Diseases such as obesity, diabetes, and cancer are on the rise in the region. Thus, the demand for better healthcare services is contributing to rising investments in the construction of new healthcare infrastructure, which, in turn, is driving the demand for disposable face masks. The government’s priority to treat citizens & expatriate patients in the country to avoid sending thousands of patients abroad for treatment each year at a high cost is driving the development of healthcare infrastructure projects in the nations like the UAE, Kuwait, etc.
Therefore, the governments of the region have been prioritizing healthcare by launching projects like the expansion of hospitals & setting up new specialty hospitals, including the New Maternity Hospital in Farwaniya, Kuwait, the Saudi German Hospital in Dubai, the UAE, and many others. Such developments in the healthcare sector are anticipated to magnify the usage of disposable face masks among surgeons, patients, hospital staff, etc., in the GCC in the coming years.
Key Driver: Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic to Fuel the Market
The advent of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020 has been amplifying the demand for disposable face masks in the GCC nations. The health vulnerability distress among the populations of various countries, due to the breakout of the COVID-19 pandemic witnessed the increasing trend of commercial sales of disposable face masks. Further, the unprecedented trend of purchasing disposable face masks online has been observed during the pandemic and the post-pandemic period. Moreover, the inclination of the customers towards a sustainable lifestyle has also been resulting in considerable sales of disposable face masks, and it is expected to prevail in the market growth in the forecast years as well.
Growth Opportunity: Increasing Investments in Healthcare Sector by the GCC Nations Government to Support the Market Growth.
The governments in the GCC countries are immensely focusing on the development of hospitals, clinics, etc., to strengthen the healthcare infrastructure in their country. the Qatar government increased its spending on the healthcare sector to 18.5% of its GDP in 2021, compared to 2.98% in recent years. Thus, the government's focus on improving the quality of healthcare in the country would also contribute to the development of new hospitals, clinics, etc., thus facilitating the growth of the GCC Disposable Face Mask market in the forthcoming period.
Based on Product Type:
The N95 masks captured the majority market share in recent years on an account of rising air pollution, increasing number of infected patients in the hospital and implementation of stringent regulations for compulsory masks for workplace health regarding safety standards for the use of these N95 mask in the GCC countries. Moreover, the escalating demand for N95 masks among the public, hospitals and research laboratories, pathology labs, etc., has encouraged companies to ramp up their production to meet this requirement. Hence, this factor is expected to strongly contribute toward the growth of the disposable face masks in the forecast period. For instance, Fine Hygienic Holding has ramped up production of Fine Guard N95-grade face masks from its new production facility in Ajman to solely serve the face mask demand in the UAE in 2020.
Based on End Users:
Based on end user, in past period, the Medical & Healthcare segment acquired the largest market share. One of the major reasons for the same was proper safeguarding of the healthcare professionals who come in contact with the harmful bacteria that may come out either in the form of aerosols and liquid droplets from the patient’s mouth. Thus, the demand for the masks in the hospitals is quite high as it acts as a protective barrier for the medical professionals and also helps in reducing the chances of cross-contamination among surgeons and patients.
Geographically, the GCC Disposable Face Mask expands across:
The UAE is expected to be a regional front-runner in the overall GCC Disposable Face Mask market during the forecast period. The rapid construction and development of healthcare units as well growing establishment of commercial and government are expected to surge the demand for disposable face masks. Burgeoning investments to develop world-class healthcare infrastructure have resulted in the construction of new hospitals in the UAE. Further, the government’s priority to treat citizens & expatriate patients in the country & to avoid thousands of patients going abroad for treatment each year has driven the development of healthcare infrastructure projects in the country.
As a result, the UAE government is actively involved in the construction & maintenance of healthcare infrastructure, and it is anticipated to prevail the demand for disposable face masks in the UAE from 2023 to 2028, as they are considered an integral element to avoid transmission of virus, bacteria’s, etc., from one individual to another in the hospitals. Some of the hospital projects in the UAE are:
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Frequently Asked Questions
A. The GCC Disposable Face Mask Market is expected to grow at a CAGR of around 21.13% during 2023-28.
A. The rising development of healthcare units in the nations like the UAE, Kuwait, Qatar, etc., as well as the inclination of customers to protect themselves from the spread of any harmful diseases are predicted to uplift the growth of the GCC Disposable Face Mask during 2023-28.
A. The top players in the GCC Disposable Face Mask are 3M, Honeywell International Inc., ANSELL LTD., Moldex, Kimberly-Clark Corporation, Medicom, Cardinal Health, Inc., uvex group, The Gerson Company., and Others
A. N95 type of disposable face masks are estimated to hold major share in the GCC Disposable Face Mask
A. The UAE would present growth prospects in the GCC Disposable Face Mask during 2023-28
A. The industry’s potential end-users are Personal, Medical & Healthcare, Chemical, Oil & Gas, Others (mining, etc.)
A. Increasing investments in healthcare sector by the GCC nations government would create a lucrative growth opportunity for the GCC Disposable Face Mask through 2028.