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Country data

Iran 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013f 2014f
Nominal GDP ($bn) 28.8 35.1 38.0 40.1 42.5 44.3 45.6
GDP per capita ($) 6.888 8.274 8.756 9.145 9.609 9.920 10.086
Real GDP growth (annual change, %) 9.1 10.3 8.0 2.0 1.5 1.0 1.0
Government revenue (% of GDP) 24.7 24.2 22.2 22.8 22.6 21.3 21.4
Government total expenditure (% of GDP) 34.7 32.3 29.7 28.7 31.3 30.7 32.9
Total government debt (gross, % of GDP) 163.1 145.6 138.4 133.9 135.7 139.7 147.6
Current account balance (% of GDP) -11.1 -12.6 -13.3 -15.7 -15.7 -16.2 -15.8
Value of oil imports 3.9 3.1 3.9 4.8 6.2 6.4 6.4
Value of oil exports 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Inflation (%) 10.8 1.2 5.1 7.2 5.9 3.2 2..0
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Source: International Monetary Fund, World Economic Outlook Database; Last updated: July 2014; *=Estimate

Lebanon trends

Lebanon water demand

Beirut’s water supply challenge Subscription

1 September 2014 | By

Lebanon’s water supply is under increasing pressure as demand for potable water climbs higher. Beirut hopes new water transmission infrastructure plans will make up the shortfall

Lebanon tourist arrivals

Fresh turmoil thwarts economic recovery Subscription

23 July 2014 | By

With trade, tourism and agriculture growth succumbing to regional instability, Lebanon’s economy is being kept afloat by strong performance in the banking sector

Lebnanon construction activity

Property sector sees short-term gains in Lebanon Subscription

23 July 2014 | By

Signs of a recovery in Lebanon’s real estate and construction sectors may just be temporary as a new political vacuum is denting investor confidence

Threat: Isis claimed responsibility for a recent suicide bomb attack on a Beirut hotel

Power vacuum looks set to continue in Lebanon Subscription

23 July 2014 | By

External allies will play a vital role in reaching the compromise needed to appoint a new president. But escalating violence in the region may push Beirut’s power struggles to the backseat

Lebanon trade

Industry supports labour market in Lebanon Subscription

1 July 2014

Lebanon’s fragmented industrial sector is challenged on several fronts

Divided: Levanon's parliament failed to elect a new president due to political stalemate

Security concerns hit economy in Lebanon Subscription

22 June 2014 | By

Low-cost loans have prevented Lebanon’s economy from contracting over the past year, but more progress is needed to address the country’s widening deficit

Lebanese parliament

Political vacuum risk to stability in Lebanon Subscription

26 May 2014 | By James Gavin

The delay in electing a new president threatens the fragile stability that prevails for now in Lebanon, and help from the international community looks unlikely

Deposits support banking sector in Lebanon Subscription

20 May 2014 | By

Steady inflows from Lebanese expatriates abroad and support from the central bank have helped shore up the banking sector, in spite of the economic slowdown in the country

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Aftermath: Shortly after the car bomb blast that killed Mohamad Chatah

Lebanon's moderate voices face extinction Subscription

31 December 2013

The assassination of Mohamad Chatah is said to be part of a strategy to sow division in moderate camps

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Special reports


Lebanon: Hopes for economic revival shattered

23 July 2014

What is urgently needed is a strong and unified leadership

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Top 10 projects


Rank Project Name Sector Contract value ($m)
1 Beit Misk Construction 800
2 Deir al-Ammar Power Plant Expansion Power 500
2 Venus Towers Construction 500
4 Litani Water Project: Phase 1 Water 330
5 Waterfront City Construction 210
6 Upgrade of Beirut-Damascus Highway Transport 185
7 Pan Arab Highway Mdairej, Chtaura, Taanayel Transport 158
8 Summerland Kempinski Hotel Construction 155
9 Sama Dubai Construction 150
9 Beirut Towers Construction 150
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Click through to MEED's Q1 2014 Top 100 Projects report
Source: MEED Projects; Data compiled: April 2014; All projects in execution

Tenders & project awards

Lebanon: Wastewater management works (65) Subscription

22 August 2014 | By

Carrying out civil works for comprehensive wastewater management

Lebanon: Wastewater management works (64) Subscription

22 August 2014 | By

Carrying out civil works for comprehensive wastewater management

Lebanon: Wastewater management works (63) Subscription

22 August 2014 | By

Carrying out civil works for comprehensive wastewater management

Lebanon: Capacity building project Subscription

9 August 2014 | By

Provision of technical assistance for capacity building

Lebanon: Castle development works Subscription

31 July 2014 | By

Rehabilitation and development of a castle

Lebanon: Wastewater consultancy Subscription

17 July 2014 | By

Provision of consultancy services for a wastewater treatment plant, sea outfall, pupmping and lift station project

Lebanon: Youth development Subscription

4 July 2014 | By

Provision of technical assistance for supporting youth development

Lebanon: ICT equipment Subscription

3 July 2014 | By

Supply of ICT equipment for a ministry

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Holcim Liban Subscription

Established originally as the Societe des Ciments Libanais, the cement producer was one of Lenanon’s first modern industrial enterprises.

Solidere company

Lebanese Company for Reconstruction & Development Subscription

Launched in 1994 to reconstruct central Beirut, the Lebanese developer is expanding internationally

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Farid Chedid Subscription

7 January 2014

Farid Chedid is founder, chairman and CEO, Chedid Capital

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