Political instability has affected the Middle East for a long time, and its air conditioner market has lost the strong growth momentum experienced in the past.
The Middle Eastern air conditioner market reached about 5.5 million units in 2016. Both RAC and PAC demand decreased. As some projects have stagnated because of issues concerning fund allocation, prospects for future growth are looking gloomy. However, the Middle Eastern climate makes air conditioners a necessity, and the region’s air conditioner market holds great potential, even if there are immediate uncertainties.
Unitary and VRF systems have been popular in small projects. Mini-splits with a high cooling capacity (24,000 BTU/h or 7.0 kW and higher) are popular in the Middle East for residential applications.