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Country data

Lebanon 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015f
Nominal GDP ($bn) 35.1 38.0 40.1 43.0* 45.0 47.5 50.8
GDP per capita ($) 8,274 8,756 9,145 9,709* 10,077 10,531 11,159
Real GDP growth (annual change, %) 10.3 8.0 2.0 2.5* 1.5 1.8 2.5
Government revenue (% of GDP) 24.2 22.2 22.8 22.3 20.9 20.8* 21.8
Government total expenditure (% of GDP) 32.3 29.7 28.7 31.0 30.1 32.0* 33.9
General government debt (gross, % of GDP) 145.6 138.4 133.9 134.3 141.0 144.9* 147.4
Current account balance (% of GDP) -12.5 -13.3 -12.8 -12.7* -12.9 -12.7 -12.3
Inflation 3.4 6.7 5.4 6.3 1.7 4.6* 3.5
Population (millions) 4.2 4.3 4.4 4.4 4.5* 4.5 4.6
Unemployment (%) na na na na na na na
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Source: International Monetary Fund, World Economic Outlook Database;
Last updated: February 2015; *=Estimate

Lebanon trends

Iran nuclear talks in Lausanne

MEED board report, April 2015 Subscription

8 April 2015 | By

Key events and trends in the region over the past month and their impact on the outlook for the Middle East and North Africa

Lebanon public debt

Economy grows on cheaper oil prices Subscription

23 February 2015 | By

On paper, the Lebanese economy seems to be performing well, due to a lower energy import bill. But instability continues to trouble the country

Middle East contracts awarded Jan 15

Middle East contracts awarded: January 2015 Subscription

3 February 2015

Over $7bn of contracts awarded in January in the Middle East

Lebanon electricity supply and power and water projects

Lebanon faces power and water crisis Subscription

2 November 2014 | By James Gavin

With frequent power blackouts and growing water shortages, urgent investment in Lebanon’s outdated electricity and water supply networks is needed

Power and water

Region’s utility sector races to meet demand Subscription

30 October 2014 | By

With rapid population and industrial growth, the Middle East and North Africa is a key market for companies involved in the power and water sectors

Lebanon projects by sector and project status

Lebanon struggles to keep up project momentum Subscription

1 October 2014 | By James Gavin

Political problems are having a detrimental effect on investment in vital infrastructure

Promising development: Amman is now studying a proposal to issue its first Islamic bond

Wider Middle East ripe for Islamic finance Subscription

18 September 2014 | By Richard Nield

Sharia-compliant banking has yet to take off across most of the Levant and North Africa. But growing support from governments could soon lead to a boom in demand

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

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Special reports


Lebanon: Hopes for economic revival shattered Subscription

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 Venus Towers Construction 500
2 Beirut Terraces Construction 460
3 Litani Water Project: Phase 1 Water 330
4 Zouk Power Plant Expansion Power 260
5 Waterfront City: Phase 1 Construction 225
6 Forty Four Construction 200
7 Summerland Kempinski Hotel Construction 155
8 3 Beirut Towers Construction 150
8 Sama Beirut Construction 150
10 Gemmayzeh Village Construction 125
10 Ciel et Jardin Construction 125
Click through to the full data table on Lebanon's biggest projects in construction
Click through to MEED's Q4 2014 Top 100 Projects report
Source: MEED Projects; Data compiled: April 2015; All projects in execution

Tenders & project awards

Lebanon: Sewer networks Subscription

1 April 2015 | By

Construction of sewer networks as part of a spring protection project

Lebanon: Wastewater treatment plant Subscription

1 April 2015 | By

Construction of a wastewater treatment plant as part of a spring protection project

Lebanon: Solid waste collection and disposal (6) Subscription

1 April 2015 | By

Provision of solid waste collection and disposal services

Lebanon: Solid waste collection and disposal (5) Subscription

1 April 2015 | By

Provision of solid waste collection and disposal services

Lebanon: Solid waste collection and disposal (4) Subscription

1 April 2015 | By

Provision of solid waste collection and disposal services

Lebanon: Wastewater treatment plant Subscription

21 March 2015 | By

Construction of a wastewater treatment plant as part of a spring protection project

Lebanon: Water project Subscription

10 March 2015 | By

Carrying out rehabilitation and complementary works for a water project

Lebanon: Water canal works Subscription

5 March 2015 | By

Rehabilitation of a water canal

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Batco Group Subscription

Batco is an engineering and contracting company active in construction of roads, infrastructure, water dams, solid waste and EPC projects

Conser Consulting Engineers Subscription

Conser Consulting Engineers provide consulting services across transportation, water, master planning and urban development along with architecture and mechanical and electrical engineering work

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Muhyiddin Itani Subscription

1 February 2015

Muhyiddin Itani is managing director at Davis Langdon Lebanon

Farid Chedid Subscription

7 January 2014

Farid Chedid is founder, chairman and CEO, Chedid Capital

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