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GCC Medical Gloves Market

GCC Medical Gloves Market by Product (Examination, Surgical, Chemotherapy) Material (Latex, Nitrile Rubber, Vinyl Rubber, Polyisoprene), Form (Powdered Powder-free), Type of Use (Disposable, Reusable), End User (Hospitals, Clinics, Ambulatory Surgical Centers, Diagnostic imaging Centers, Rehabilitation Centers), Distribution Channel and Region for 2021 – 2031

GCC Medical Gloves Market by Product (Examination, Surgical, Chemotherapy) Material (Latex, Nitrile Rubber, Vinyl Rubber, Polyisoprene), Form (Powdered Powder-free), Type of Use (Disposable, Reusable), End User (Hospitals, Clinics, Ambulatory Surgical Centers, Diagnostic imaging Centers, Rehabilitation Centers), Distribution Channel and Region for 2021 – 2031

GCC Medical Gloves Market - Analysis, Outlook, Growth, Trends, Forecasts

GCC Medical Gloves Market Outlook – 2021-2031

[250 Pages Report] The GCC Medical Gloves Market was valued at US$ 145.0 Mn in 2020. Expanding at a 7.9% CAGR, the market valuation is projected to reach US$ 340.3 Mn by 2031.

Data Points

Market Insights

GCC Medical Gloves Market Value 2021

USD 159.5 Mn

GCC Medical Gloves Market Value 2031

USD 340.3 Mn

CAGR 2021-2031


Growing focus on adequate hygiene practices in the healthcare sector is expected to continue boosting sales in the market. Favorable government-backed policies across the GCC countries for the expansion of the healthcare sector will continue fueling growth of the market over the assessment period.

2016-2020 GCC Medical Gloves Demand Outlook Compared to 2021-2031 Forecast

According to Future Market Insights (FMI), sales in the market grew at a 7.8% CAGR between 2016 and 2020. Increasing awareness regarding health & safety and latex allergies, along with favorable government policies are expected to propel the demand over the forecast period.

Healthcare awareness programs launched by regulatory authorities are expected to bode well for the market in the forthcoming years, Some of these programs include health education in schools (UAE), Health Promotion Council in Bahrain (National Plan for Control of Chronic Diseases), specialized clinics initiatives (Saudi Arabia), NIZWA project for healthy life style (Oman) and the Facts for Life Book (Cooperation Council States) project.

Manufacturers are investing in mergers and acquisitions to expand their production capacity to meet the growing demand. For instance, Top Glove, a leading Malaysian glove manufacturer acquired Aspion in January 2018.

The acquisition increased their production capacity of 4.77 billion pieces of gloves in one year and 75 new lines. Ultimately, the total production capacity of Top Glove has reached to 57.24 billion pieces per annum.

Owing to these factors, sales in the market are projected to increase at a 7.9% CAGR through 2031.

What are the Key Opportunities for in the GCC Medical Gloves Market?

Medical Tourism has been on the rise in the UAE for the past decade. As published by Duphat, medical tourism generated a total revenue of US$ 3.29 Bn in 2018. Patients from the west are travelling to the UAE due to lack of insurance cover and ever rising costs of procedures like dental, dermatology, orthopedic, etc.

Rise in allergic reactions due to use of latex material used in gloves is compelling manufacturers to introduce new materials for better safety. These allergies happen due to the proteins present in the natural latex and can cause serious anaphylactic reactions apart from skins discomfort.

As a substitute to natural latex, applications of nitrile gloves has increased which are made from synthetically created latex. These non-latex gloves are made from materials like nitrile rubber, vinyl and polyisoprene. This is expected to create opportunities for growth for market players in GCC countries.

In addition to this, governments in GCC countries are increasing their investments in the expansion of the healthcare sector, which in turn is boosting the market. For instance, in UAE, nationwide health policies are being drafted and regularly regulated by the authorities of Northern Emirates.

Inclusion of oversees companies is encouraged by the Ministry of Health in order to assist the growth of the health industry.

Dubai has adopted a patient centric model based on similar models used by other nations, where in a plan of action is set for the time period of 10 years to enhance their existing system. Saudi Arabian government is also encouraging participation of private players.

GCC Medical Gloves Market - Country-wise Insights

Will the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) Remain a Key Market for Medical Gloves?

In 2021, the KSA is estimated to account for over 76.0% of the market share in the GCC countries. Demand is is expected to grow at a steady pace over the forecast period, due rising prevalence of medical tourism, growing number of hospital set-ups, and clinics along with increasing foreign direct investments (FDI).

What Makes United Arab Emirates (UAE) a Lucrative Pocket?

UAE is expected to account for approximately 18.0% of the total market share in GCC countries by 2031. Growing demand for disposable medical gloves can be attributed to rising prevalence of infectious diseases, increased healthcare spending, and higher influx of medical tourists.

Category-wise Insights

Why is the Demand for Latex Material Medical Gloves Rising?

In terms of raw material, the latex material segment is expected to hold 80.2% of the total market share in 2021, with sales growing at a 7.9% CAGR during the forecast period. Increasing adoption of personal protective equipment, government-backed investments for the expansion of the healthcare sector, and rise in medical tourism key factors complementing growth of the market.

Which Product Type is Most Preferred?

Based on product type, the examination gloves segment accounted for 55.9% in the year 2020. Examination gloves are extensively used by healthcare professionals to conduct the primary investigatory examination of a patient. This is expected to continue boosting sales in this segment over the assessment period.

Why Disposable Gloves are Considered Highly Sought-After?  

The disposable medical gloves segment is forecast to account for 90.5% of the total market share over the assessment period. These gloves are meant for one-time use, thereby restricting the transmission of bacteria, dirt, and infections.

Sales in Hospitals to Continue Gaining Momentum

By end user, the hospital segment is projected to account for 67.2% of the total sales in 2021. Various procedures are conducted in hospitals, where medical gloves are used and disposed at a frequent rate. This is expected to continue boosting sales in the hospitals segment.

Which Distribution Channel is Most Popular?

In terms of distribution channel, sales through direct selling channel accounted for 55% of the total market share in 2020. Increasing applications in various health programs conducted by voluntary organizations, governments, NGOs, etc. are expected to continue boosting sales in this segment.

Competitive Landscape

Companies operating in the medical gloves market are aiming to strengthen their position through partnerships, collaborations, merger & acquisition, agreements with established players and other healthcare institutions. For instance:

In January 2021, Medline Industries announced a strategic partnership with the University of California, Davis / UC Davis. Students returning to the campus were provided custom PPE kits to be worn to avoid spread of the COVID-19 virus. This way awareness and education among the peers was spread to reduce the strain on healthcare professionals

Scope of the Report



Forecast Period


Historical Data Available for


Market Analysis

US$ Million for Value.

Key Countries Covered

Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA), United Arab Emirates (UAE), Qatar, Bahrain, Oman, Kuwait.

Key Segments Covered

Raw Material, Product, Type of use, Form, End-User, Distribution Channel and Countries

Key Companies Profiled

  • Paul Hartmann AG
  • Hotpack Packaging Industries LLC
  • Falcon (Falcon Pack)
  • Deeko Bahrain
  • Salalah Medical Supplies Mfg. Co. LLC
  • United Medical Industries
  • NAFA Enterprises Ltd.
  • Liberty Industries, Inc.
  • Ansell Healthcare
  • Mckesson Corporation
  • Cardinal Health, Inc.
  • Medline Indsutries, Inc.
  • Dynarex Corporation
  • Top Glove Corporation Berhad
  • Kimberly-Clark Corporation
  • Semperit AG Holding

Report Coverage

Market Forecast, Competition Intelligence, DROT Analysis, Market Dynamics and Challenges, Strategic Growth Initiatives

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GCC Medical Gloves by Category

Raw Material:

  • Latex Material Gloves
  • Nitrile Rubber Material Gloves
  • Vinyl Rubber Material Gloves
  • Polyisoprene Material Gloves


  • Examination Gloves
  • Surgical Gloves
  • Chemotherapy Gloves


  • Powdered form Gloves
  • Powder-free form Gloves

Type of Use:

  • Disposable Gloves
  • Re-usable Gloves

End User:

  • Hospital Use
  • Clinic Use
  • Ambulatory Surgery Centre Use
  • Diagnostic Imaging Centre Use
  • Rehabilitation Centre Use

Distribution Channel:

  • Direct Selling Channel
  • Medical Store Channel
  • E-Commerce Channel
  • Other (Retail Store or Hypermarket) Channel


  • Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA)
  • United Arab Emirates (UAE)
  • Qatar
  • Bahrain
  • Oman
  • Kuwait

Key Questions Answered in the Report

How big is the GCC medical gloves market?

GCC medical gloves market is expected to reach US$ 340.3 Mn by the end of 2031.
The demand for medical gloves increased at 7.8% CAGR between 2016 and 2020.
The market is projected to grow at a CAGR of 7.9% owing to growing focus on hygiene maintenance in the healthcare sector.
Increase foreign direct investments, growing prevalence of infectious diseases, and rising awareness about latex allergy are key factors driving sales.
Leading companies operating in the GCC medical gloves are Paul Hartmann AG,Hotpack Packaging Industries LLC,Falcon (Falcon Pack),Deeko Bahrain,Salalah Medical Supplies Mfg. Co. LLC,United Medical Industries,NAFA Enterprises Ltd.,Liberty Industries, Inc.,Ansell Healthcare,Mckesson Corporation,Cardinal Health, Inc.,Medline Indsutries, Inc.,Dynarex Corporation,Top Glove Corporation Berhad, Kimberly-Clark Corporation, and Semperit AG Holding.

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