Report Description

Forecast Period


Market Size (2022)

USD 2.62 Billion

CAGR (2023-2028)


Fastest Growing Segment

Medium UAV

Largest Market

Saudi Arabia

Middle East Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Market is anticipated to expand at a rapid pace in the forecast period, 2024–2028. Due to strong economic growth, growing elite population, increased foreign investment, and other favorable factors, the growth of Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Market is boosting in Middle East & Africa.

Middle East Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Market Overview

Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) are described as powered, aerial vehicles without human operators that fly autonomously or under remote control, carry lethal or non-lethal payloads, and use aerodynamic forces to provide vehicle lift. Unmanned aerial vehicles, or UAVs, are referred to as drones, or remotely piloted aircraft (RPAs). The flight of a UAV is controlled remotely by a pilot on the ground or in another vehicle, as well as autonomously through on-board computers.

The next-generation UAV is used for a variety of purposes, including photography, logistics, surveillance, and assessment. The introduction of UAV usage laws and regulations by different nations has a direct impact on the demand for unmanned aerial vehicles. Unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) growth is anticipated to be boosted by the growing adoption of smart technology for surveillance, analysis, imaging, and other uses on a variety of fronts. The military & defence, agricultural, civil & commercial, logistics & transportation, healthcare, construction & mining, and other industries are among its end user.


Middle East Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Market Drivers

For the foreseeable future, the defence sector will remain the largest market for UAVs. UAVs have a significant place in counterterrorism and counterinsurgency operations. They can be used in extremely risky missions and for saving lives of personnel. The UAVs are employed for surveillance and intelligence gathering in hostile environments. They provide sharp images and videos that are helpful for ground forces. Militaries of many nations have carried out operations against terrorists using drones. Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) are extremely useful for defence forces because they can be used for a variety of tasks, including situational awareness, bomb defusing, aiding soldiers in combat, and search and rescue missions.


UAVs are currently being used for transportation, surveillance, search and rescue, and other operations throughout the world have come at a high cost to the military. The ScanEagle is a small, long-endurance, low-altitude drone made by Boeing subsidiary Insitu that is primarily used for reconnaissance. The Turkish Aerospace Anka ($100 million per unit), Northrop Grumann X-47B ($405 million per unit), BAE Systems Taranis ($206 million per unit), MQ-25 Stingray ($201 million per unit), RQ-4 Global Hawk ($131 million per unit), MQ-4C Triton ($120 million per unit), and Turkish Aerospace Anka ($100 million per unit) are some other extremely expensive military drones used by defence forces around the world. UAV adoption is restricted to developed nations with significant defence spending capacity due to the high cost of UAVs.