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Country data

Iran 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012f 2013f 2014f
Nominal GDP ($bn) 22.1 19.3 21.5 25.9 27 28.1 28.8
GDP per capita ($) 28,416 18,563 19,420 22,918* 23,477 23,930 24,018
Real GDP growth (annual change, %) 6.3 3.2 4.7 2.1 3.9 4.2 3.3
Government revenue (% of GDP) 32.4 23.8 27.2 29.2* 30 32 32.1
Government total expenditure (% of GDP) 27.4 30.5 34.2 30.9* 32.6 36.2 37.1
Total government debt (gross, % of GDP) 14.6 25.4 35.5 36.5* 33.7 35.7 39.8
Current account balance (% of GDP) 10.2 2.9 3.6 12.6 15.4 13.6 11.6
Value of oil imports 7.2 4.4 5.4 7.5 7.5 7 6.5
Value of oil exports 13.8 8.9 10.2 15.5 17.2 16.6 15.8
Inflation (%) 5.1 1.6 1 0.2 2.6 2 2
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Source: International Monetary Fund, World Economic Outlook Database; Last updated: June 2013; *=Estimate

Bahrain trends

Ambition: Bahrain is investing to ensure its oil and gas sector remains a cornerstone of its economy

Manama’s future energy challenge Subscription

15 April 2014, 13:14 GMT | By James Gavin

The Gulf’s oldest oil producer is looking to make the most of a small endowment


The growing appetite for bonds Subscription

10 April 2014, 13:46 GMT | By

Increased corporate activity spurred by strong economic growth is helping to expand the market

Serco is the service provider for the Dubai Metro

Bringing the region's services to life Subscription

10 April 2014, 13:21 GMT | By

Facilities management firm Serco works quietly in the background, providing major services across various sectors in the region, but its CEO is looking to extend its reach

Contract awards

Middle East contracts awarded: January 2014 Subscription

16 February 2014, 11:13 GMT

Over $17bn awarded in January in the Middle East

Bahrain oil demand 2008-12

Bahrain Petroleum Company Subscription

14 January 2014, 12:17 GMT | By

The firm is focusing on upgrading the Sitra refinery and increasing Bahrain’s oil and gas production

Steel demand

Steel sector to see rising demand Subscription

31 December 2013, 8:47 GMT | By

Higher public spending is set to spur growth in demand, but challenges threaten the industry’s potential

GCC oil and gas contract awards 2000-2013

UAE oil and gas spending dominates GCC In 2013 Subscription

6 November 2013, 7:46 GMT | By

Abu Dhabi projects market higher than other five Gulf states combined in first 10 months

Comparison of gas demand and population growth

GCC gas demand to rival Northwestern Europe by 2030 Subscription

22 October 2013, 13:18 GMT | By

Region faces gas crunch with demand forecast to grow 56 per cent

Thorough process: MEED Quality Awards for Projects applicants must undergo rigorous evaluation

MEED Quality Awards for Projects opens for entries

20 October 2013, 7:03 GMT

The GCC is home to some of the world’s most impressive and unique buildings

Changing mindsets: GCC nationals prefer to live in villas, which is unfeasible in low-cost housing schemes

Region fails on social housing Subscription

17 October 2013, 4:30 GMT | By

The affordable housing shortage has escalated into a crisis in many Middle Eastern countries

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Markets and bonds

Bonds market gains maturity

10 April 2014, 15:39 GMT

An increasingly diverse base of issuers, driven by strong economic growth is helping to deepen the region’s capital markets

Gasification at Jizan

Higher bid prices return to the GCC

10 April 2014, 15:24 GMT

European firms have been winning work again for a couple of years now, beating South Korean competition


Bank mergers to boost Bahrain’s status

6 March 2014, 12:56 GMT | By

The consolidation of larger lenders will strengthen the country’s status as a financial hub for the region


Local contractors dominate in 2013 Subscription

16 January 2014, 15:46 GMT

The small size and nature of most contracts awarded last year saw local firms capitalise

Bahrain: An economic revival is expected soon

Neighbours come to the rescue Subscription

19 December 2013, 14:26 GMT

Bahrain’s GCC neighbours provide funding to help kick-start a revival of the island’s unrest-hit economy

Gulf midstream

Midstream moves up Gulf agenda Subscription

31 October 2013, 13:55 GMT

A world-class midstream sector enables countries to exploit the current boom in oil and gas prices


Bahrain advances on social housing Subscription

31 October 2013, 13:37 GMT

Manama is wise to tackle its growing affordable housing shortage and assuage public discontent

Solution: States must provide incentives to developers

Social housing crisis deepens Subscription

17 October 2013, 5:00 GMT

Private sector engagement is vital for the region’s governments to meet their affordable housing targets

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Special reports

GCC real estate

Real Estate: GCC property markets stabilising

18 March 2014, 14:02 GMT

There is an uptick in demand for residential and commercial property across the region, with just one or two exceptions

GCC construction

Construction: Continuing GCC projects growth into 2014 Subscription

16 January 2014, 13:52 GMT

After such a successful 2013, beating that target will be a major challenge for the GCC projects market in the year ahead

SR Cover Riding the Boom

Construction: Middle East rides the new projects boom Subscription

21 November 2013, 6:29 GMT

Transport awards, particularly metro schemes, are driving a construction rebound across the region

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Market presentations

Project Finance

Webinar: Middle East project finance outlook Subscription

17 June 2013, 11:40 GMT

Market constraints to continue, with deals flowing to most stable markets in the region

After the Uprisings webinar

After the Uprisings: The outlook for business in the Middle East in 2013 and beyond Subscription

4 March 2013, 5:52 GMT

A webinar on the region’s business environment, providing current data and exclusive expert analysis drawn from MEED’s team of experts


Webinar: Project opportunities in GCC wastewater Subscription

15 May 2012, 11:24 GMT

Join MEED for an exclusive online seminar looking at the Gulf wastewater sector

Top 10 projects

Rank Project Name Sector Contract value ($m)
1 New Substations (49 nos.) Power 370
2 Bahrain Bay: CIH Tower Power 250
3 Muharraq Sewage Treatment Plant Water 200
4 Bahrain Bay: Four Seasons Hotel Construction 150
5 Sukoon Tower Construction 146
6 Rotana Hotel Construction 98
7 Naseej: Al Madina Al Shamaliya: Island 14 Construction 80
7 Naseej: Al Madina Al Shamaliya: Island 13 Construction 80
9 Naseej: Al Madina Al Shamaliya: Luwzi Construction 75
10 Mina Salman Interchange Transport 66
Click through to the full data table on the Bahrain's biggest projects in construction
Click through to MEED's Q4 2013 Top 100 Projects report
Source: MEED Projects; Data compiled: January 2014; All projects are in execution


Bahrain: Housing Subscription

24 April 2014, 8:13 GMT | By

Construction of social affordable housing

Bahrain: IT system Subscription

24 April 2014, 7:58 GMT | By

Supply of an enterprise IT services management system

Bahrain: Sewerage scheme Subscription

19 April 2014, 9:45 GMT | By

Carrying out a proposed sewerage scheme

Bahrain: Fish nursery facilities works Subscription

19 April 2014, 9:41 GMT | By

Renovation of fish nursery facilities

Bahrain: Water bottles Subscription

19 April 2014, 9:39 GMT | By

Provision of water bottles

Bahrain: Town block construction Subscription

19 April 2014, 9:36 GMT | By

Construction of a town block and road access

Bahrain: Residential construction Subscription

19 April 2014, 9:34 GMT | By

Construction of a residential project

Bahrain: Asphalting surfacing works Subscription

19 April 2014, 9:32 GMT | By

Carrying out asphalting surfacing works

Bahrain: Concrete Subscription

7 April 2014, 11:21 GMT | By

Supply of readymix concrete

Bahrain: Industrial cleaning Subscription

18 March 2014, 12:29 GMT | By

Provision of industrial cleaning services

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Project awards

Hill wins contract for Bahrain International airport project Subscription

19 January 2014, 6:50 GMT | By

Hill to manage modernisation programme at Bahrain International

GCC oil and gas contract awards 2000-2013

UAE oil and gas spending dominates GCC In 2013 Subscription

6 November 2013, 7:46 GMT | By

Abu Dhabi projects market higher than other five Gulf states combined in first 10 months

Projects trends

Gulf projects index

Saudi Arabia records biggest increase Subscription

24 April 2014, 9:45 GMT

Iran and Qatar only other projects markets to see growth in value

Gulf projects index

Iraq and UAE lead Gulf index growth Subscription

17 April 2014, 11:01 GMT

Kuwait, Qatar and Iran record largest declines in value

Gulf Projects Index 8 April 2014

UAE leads growth in Gulf index Subscription

10 April 2014, 11:06 GMT

Iraq records largest decline in value of projects market in the region

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Al-Zayani Investments Subscription

Established in 1977, it has a diversified portfolio including automotive, health care, manufacturing and real estate

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Graham Hoar

Graham Hoar is vice president, Middle East, Nexant

Ahmed al-Sharyan Subscription

Ahmed al-Sharyan is secretary-general, Noga

Abdulrahman Jawahery Subscription

Abdulrahman Jawahery is president, Gulf Petrochemical Industries Company (GPIC)

Edward Hanley Subscription

Edward Hanley is CEO and president, Tatweer Petroleum/Occidental Petroleum Bahrain

Abdel Khalil Almoayyed Subscription

Abdel Khalil Almoayyed is chairman, Bapco

Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifa bin Ahmed al-Khalifa Subscription

Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifa bin Ahmed al-Khalifa is chief executive officer, Noga Holding

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