Ranked:
7th (2012)

Saudi Military Budget

See the chart below for a yearly breakdown of military spending in Saudi Arabia. (2001 to 2012)

Military Spending in Saudi Arabia

Our latest data shows that Saudi Arabia spent $54,218,000,000 on their military in 2012 which amounted to 8.9% of the country's GDP that year. Check out the chart below for more Saudi military budget data. We can only publish the past 12 years, but SIPRI has data as far back as 1988 on their site.

Total Spent: $468,452,000,000 (Last 12 years)

Year Dollars Spent % GDP
2001 $29,118,000,000 11.5%
2002 $25,562,000,000 9.8%
2003 $25,751,000,000 8.7%
2004 $28,628,000,000 8.4%
2005 $34,495,000,000 8.0%
2006 $39,294,000,000 8.3%
Year Dollars Spent % GDP
2007 $45,264,000,000 9.2%
2008 $44,425,000,000 8.0%
2009 $45,655,000,000 11.0%
2010 $47,511,000,000 10.0%
2011 $48,531,000,000 8.4%
2012 $54,218,000,000 8.9%

Note on Data: Constant (2011) US Dollars are used. For more information about this data visit SIPRI.org.

SIPRI Footnote: The figures for Saudi Arabia are for defence and security.

Other Countries in the Region

Iraqi Flag Iraq
$5,693 Million (2012)
Tajikistani Flag Tajikistan
No Data (2012)
Iranian Flag Iran
No Data (2012)
Lebanese Flag Lebanon
$1,622 Million (2012)
Yemeni Flag Yemen
$1,243 Million (2012)
Omani Flag Oman
$6,489 Million (2012)
Qatari Flag Qatar
No Data (2012)
Egyptian Flag Egypt
$4,175 Million (2012)

Saudi Arabia's Military Branches

Royal Saudi Land Forces, Royal Saudi Naval Forces (includes Marine Forces and Special Forces), Royal Saudi Air Force (Al-Quwwat al-Jawwiya al-Malakiya as-Sa'udiya), Royal Saudi Air Defense Forces, Royal Saudi Strategic Rocket Forces, Saudi Arabian National Guard.

Military Service Age in Saudi Arabia

17 is the legal minimum age for voluntary military service; no conscription.