The MENA Arts and Creative Education Market size is predicted to reach 19.3billion by 2030, growing at a CAGR of9% during the forecast period 2024-2030 according to the latest market research report published by IndustryARC.The demand for arts and creative education in the MENA region is influenced by the increasing emphasis on creative thinking, digital skills, and the evolving needs of the job market. Furthermore, the requirement for advanced skills, such as creative thinking and digital competence, has increased due to the changing nature of work and the impact of digital technologies on numerous industries; these are the factors driving market expansion, finds IndustryARC in its recent report, titled “MENA Arts and Creative Education Market – MENA Arts and Creative Education Market – By Application, (Photography, Painting, Sculpture, Craft, Design (Architecture), Fashion, Music, Writers, Film & Entertainment, and Others); By Institutions (Traditional Schools/Colleges (Common Schools), Art school, Cultural institutions, Philanthropic Foundation, Art Residencies, Artist Collective, and Workshops & Public Programs); By Offering Degree Courses and Programs, Certified Training/Degrees, Workshops and Seminars, Online Learning Programme, Art Residencies, Artist Collective, Internships and Practical Experience, Others); By Type (Public, Private, and Trusts/Foundations);Geography – Global Opportunity Analysis & Industry Forecast, 2024-2030, By Region and Segment Forecasts, 2024–2030”

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KSA is to Register Highest Growth:

The KSA Arts & Creative Education Market is witnessing a surge in demand driven by a growing emphasis on educational advancement and global engagement. As the region recognizes the crucial role of arts and creativity in fostering holistic development, there is a rising demand for innovative and culturally diverse educational programs. Stakeholders are increasingly seeking avenues to enhance creativity, critical thinking, and cultural understanding, aligning with global educational standards.  For instance, Saudi Arabia has been actively working on transforming its economy and reducing its dependence on oil. As part of the Vision 2030 plan, there is a significant focus on education and training, including executive education. Moreover, according to the Trade Economy, Saudi Arabia had 15,913,705 workers in 2022 As a result, growing emphasis on global engagement and educational advancement is driving demand in the KSA Arts & Creative Education Market.

MENA Arts and Creative Education Market2024-2030: Segmentation




  • Photography
  • Painting
  • Sculpture
  • Craft
  • Design (Architecture)
  • Fashion
  • Music
  • Writers
  • Film & Entertainment
  • Others



  • Traditional School/Colleges (Common School)
  • Art school
  • Cultural institutions
  • Philanthropic Foundation
  • Art Residencies, Artist Collective, Workshops & Public Programs


  • Degree Courses and Programs
  • Certified Training/Degrees
  • Workshops and Seminars
  • Online Learning Programme
  • Art Residencies
  • Artist Collective
  • Internships and Practical Experience
  • Others

By Type

  • Public
  • Private
  • Trusts/Foundations

By Region

  • North America
  • South America
  • Europe
  • Asia-Pacific
  • Rest of the World

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MENA Arts and Creative Education Market Report – Key Takeaways:

Design (Architecture)Segment is Leading the Market

In the MENA Arts and Creative Education Market analysis, the design (architecture) segment held a major market share of 24.5% in 2023.The Design segment within the MENA arts and creative education market is a dynamic and evolving domain that reflects the region’s aspirations for architectural innovation and urban development. Design, with a particular emphasis on architecture, plays a pivotal role in shaping the built environment and addressing the unique challenges and opportunities present across the region. This segment offers a platform for aspiring architects and interior designers to explore, conceptualize, and contribute to the architectural landscape, from traditional designs rooted in local heritage to contemporary and sustainable architectural solutions. Furthermore, the evolving field of sustainable architecture, interior design, and urban planning presents new opportunities and competition. As the region grapples with urbanization and environmental challenges, architects and designers are increasingly sought after for their expertise in creating eco-friendly and energy-efficient structures.

The Online Learning Programssegment isto Register the Fastest Growth

Online Learning Programs segment is to grow with the highest CAGR of 13.4% during the forecast period 2024-2030.The MENA region is experiencing a growing demand for online learning programs in Arts and Creative Education. As the digital landscape expands, individuals seek accessible platforms to enhance their artistic skills. Online programs cater to diverse learners, providing flexibility and a rich learning experience, driving a surge in demand within the MENA Arts and Creative Education market. Many educational platforms and organizations have increased their offerings in arts and creative education to meet this expanding demand. For instance, The Ministry of Economy of the UAE predicts that the e-learning market in the country will exceed USD 243 billion by 2022. These platforms often include a combination of free and paid courses, allowing students to select the amount of commitment that best matches their objectives and budget. Online learning works best when combined with in-person learning. This hybrid environment is an opportunity for educators in the MENA region. Existing university curricula are supplemented with online modules, course parts, or learning resources. These add-ons increase adaptability while liberating learning from typical educational environments.

GCCis Register as the Largest region

GCC had a major market share of 25.1% in 2023. The Arts and Creative Education Market represents a vibrant and expanding segment of this regional economy. With substantial investments in arts institutions and cultural infrastructure, the Gulf countries are establishing themselves as global cultural hubs The educational sector also thrives, with universities and academies offering comprehensive creative programs. The digital revolution has further empowered artists and educators to reach a global audience, fostering innovation and collaboration.Furthermore, there is a growing demand for specialized creative programs, such as fashion design, film production, and digital media. Educational providers can tailor their offerings to cater to these specific interests. In addition, GCC governments have been actively promoting arts and creative education as part of their broader education reform agendas. This has led to an increase in funding for creative programs, the establishment of specialized institutions, and a growing emphasis on incorporating creative subjects into the curriculum.

Increased Economic Growth and Disposable Income is The Major Driver

The MENA region has a rich cultural heritage, and with greater disposable income, there is a renewed interest in preserving and promoting local arts and traditions. This has led to increased demand for arts and creative education programs that focus on traditional crafts, music, dance, and other cultural expressions. For instance, according to World Bank Organization the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region’s economies have grown by 5.4% in 2022, the fastest rate since 2016. Yet this growth is uneven, as many countries struggle to overcome the lasting effects of the pandemic. This trend reflects the changing demographics, aspirations, and priorities of the region, and it has significant implications for the development and expansion of arts and creative education in MENA.As the middle class expands in the MENA region, there is a rising demand for high-quality education, including arts and creative education. Middle-class families have more disposable income to allocate toward extracurricular activities and education that can enhance their children’s skills and prospects.

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Key Opportunity Analysis:

Development of Major Cultural Projects, Museums, and Cultural Institutions.

The emphasis on preserving and promoting local cultural history in Middle Eastern countries after gaining independence from colonial rule has led to the establishment of national museums and cultural initiatives. Notably, the Egyptian Museum in Cairo showcases a vast collection of ancient Egyptian artifacts, while museums like the Islamic Art Museum in Cairo and the Museum of Islamic Art in Doha focus on Islamic art and culture. The recently inaugurated Museum of the Future in Dubai reflects the region’s commitment to innovative cultural development.Additionally, ambitious projects such as Riyadh Art in Saudi Arabia contribute significantly to the arts and cultural landscape. Comprising over 1,000 public art installations and supported by annual festivals, Riyadh Art aims to enhance public spaces, fostering artistic expression and stimulating the city’s cultural economy. These initiatives create substantial opportunities for the arts and creative education market in the Middle East, fostering a vibrant cultural environment and encouraging community involvement in artistic expression.

increasing Enrolments of International Students

Global demand for creative individuals has grown in several industries, including design, cinema, animation, fashion, and performing arts. Students from all over the world are as a result looking for high-quality education in these fields, and many of them are looking to MENA countries as good possibilities. Universities and other specialized institutions that offer courses in the arts and creative sectors are among the institutions in which MENA nations have been investing to enhance their educational infrastructure. Additionally, umerous factors, such as an increase in interest in the arts, a desire to support cultural variety and creativity, and an understanding of the economic and social significance of the creative industries all contribute to this expansion. For Instance, Qassim University’s total enrolment of students is 72,000 which is anticipated to enhance the growth of the market. Several governments in the MENA region have started programs to entice foreign students, including providing scholarships and streamlining the visa application process. The increased enrolments of overseas students are a result of these activities.

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The Report also Covers the Following Areas:

  • MENA Arts and Creative Education MarketSize and Forecast
  • MENA Arts and Creative Education MarketTrends
  • MENA Arts and Creative Education MarketAnalysis byApplication

MENA Arts and Creative Education Market2024-2030: Key Highlights

  • CAGR of the market during the forecast period 2024-2030
  • Value Chain Analysis of Key Stakeholders
  • Detailed analysis of market drivers and opportunities during the forecast period
  • MENA Arts and Creative Education Market size estimation and forecast
  • Analysis and predictions on end users’ behavior and upcoming trends
  • Competitive landscape and Vendor market analysis including offerings, developments, and financials
  • Comprehensive analysis of challenges and constraints in the MENA Arts and Creative Education Market

Covid and Ukrainian Crisis Impact:

The MENA Arts and Creative Education Market faced significant challenges during the COVID-19 pandemic, with widespread disruptions to traditional learning methods and in-person activities. Lockdowns and social distancing measures led to a shift towards online and remote learning, impacting the dynamics of arts and creative education in the region. Online learning allows anyone to access arts and creative education from anywhere in the globe. This accessibility appeals to a wide spectrum of students, including those who do not have access to traditional in-person programs. The COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated the global adoption of online education, including in the MENA region. Adapting to digital platforms became crucial for sustaining educational engagement and fostering artistic development in the face of unprecedented challenges.

The MENA arts and creative education market is experiencing disruptions due to the Ukraine crisis, with geopolitical tensions affecting global economic stability. Uncertainties in the region have led to shifts in investment priorities and resource allocations, impacting cultural and educational initiatives. Stakeholders are navigating challenges to sustain and adapt creative programs amidst the evolving geopolitical landscape.

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List of Key Market Players in MENA Arts and Creative Education Market:

The Global MENA Arts and Creative Education Market is fragmented with several global and regional companies operating with expansive manufacturing capabilities and extensive distribution networks.

The key companies profiled are listed below:

  1. Qassim University
  2. Jazan University
  3. Effat University
  4. King Saud University
  5. University of Hail
  6. Majmaah University
  7. United Arab Emirates University
  8. Prince Sultan University’s
  9. King Abdulaziz Center for World Culture
  10. Manipal Academy of Higher Education
  11. Amity University Dubai
  12. king abdulaziz university
  13. American University of Sharjah
  14. American University in the Emirates
  15. Al Baha University

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