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Iran 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015f
Nominal GDP ($bn) 97.8 125.1 169.8 189.9 202.5 212.0* 227.1
GDP per capita ($) 59,936 76,413 99,432 103,418 98,9986 94,744* 93,536
Real GDP growth (annual change, %) 12.0 16.7 13.0 6.1 6.5 6.5* 7.7
Government revenue (% of GDP) 44.5 31.5 35.0 40.5 46.5 42.9* 39.6
Government total expenditure (% of GDP) 32.2 29.0 28.5 30.9 31.1 31.5* 30.6
General government debt (gross, % of GDP) 33.6 29.3 32.7 35.8 34.3 25.5* 24.8
Current account balance (% of GDP) 6.5 19.1 30.6 32.7 30.9 27.1* 23.2
Inflation (%) -4.9 0.4 2.1 2.6 2.5 3.4* 3.5
Population (millions) 1.6 1.6 1.7 1.8 2.0 2.2* 2.4
Unemployment (%) na na na na na na na
Click to see full economic data (2005 - 2019 forecast)
Source: International Monetary Fund, World Economic Outlook Database; Last updated: February 2015; *=Estimate

Doing business in...

Qatar

MEED’s guide to doing business in Qatar Subscription

It is an exciting time in the country’s development and there are very few places in the world changing as radically as Qatar

Comment and analysis

Al-Saad Multi-purpose Hall

Qatar Building Project of the Year Subscription

24 March 2015

Al-Saad Multipurpose Hall

Energy Management System

Ramboll Sustainable Project of the Year - Qatar Subscription

24 March 2015

Energy Management System (Solar MicroGrid System)

Hamad airport

Hyder Consulting Transport Project of the Year - Qatar Subscription

24 March 2015

New Doha (Hamad) International airport Passenger Terminal Complex – CP18

Tunnel boring machine for metro

No more distractions for Qatar infrastructure

23 March 2015 | By

The World Cup date is fixed so Doha has to concentrate on infrastructure

Islamic studies

Qatar Social Infrastructure Project of the Year Subscription

22 March 2015

Qatar Faculty of Islamic Studies (QFIS)

Khalifa International Stadium in Qatar

Qatar to 2022 and beyond Subscription

19 March 2015 | By

Fifa confirms the Qatar World Cup Finals are to be held in November 2022 to avoid the Gulf’s heat and humidity

Real estate

Prices fluctuate in maturing real estate market

18 March 2015 | By

The region is seeing sharp differences in office and housing costs, depending on the maturity of the market

Construction scene in Qatar

Qatar quietly moves forward with infrastructure

17 March 2015 | By

Doha must wish all its projects could move forward so peacefully, compared with the media frenzy surrounding projects linked to the 2022 Fifa World Cup

Etihad Airways

Gulf aviation hub to be largely unchallenged Subscription

11 March 2015 | By

Demands from US airlines have been raised in Washington

Mohamed Abdelkhalek

Banks embrace finance deals Subscription

8 March 2015

World Cup infrastructure makes Qatar a rich market for lenders

Doha metro lines

Doha metro takes shape Subscription

8 March 2015

The network is planned to last beyond the World Cup

Cover

Qatar Projects 2015

8 March 2015

World Cup projects gather pace

Qatar Foundation Stadium

Stadium plans see progress

8 March 2015

Five arenas are confirmed, with at least three more expected

Doha average temperature

Doha confident on climate control Subscription

8 March 2015

Stadiums can be buillt to cope with year-round temperatures

Qatar roads

Rail spearheads transport plans Subscription

8 March 2015

Qatar aims to revamp its transport links to counter congestion

The majority of the labourers working on the GCC’s construction sites come from India and other subcontinent countries

GCC contractors consider bumper Indian budget Subscription

5 March 2015 | By

Competition may subside, but labour costs could increase

Gulf projects index

Middle East contracts awarded: February 2015 Subscription

1 March 2015

Over $8bn of contracts awarded in February in the Middle East

Qatar

Qatar turns focus to World Cup Subscription

24 February 2015 | By

Oil prices and overstretched supply chain force difficult decisions

Construction

New vision for GCC construction workforce Subscription

22 February 2015 | By Sachin Kerur

Development of a regional policy for hiring workers is under discussion

Ethylene production costs

Oil price drop will lower GCC petrochemicals margins Subscription

15 February 2015 | By

Regional producers will face stronger competition from naphtha-based crackers in Asia and Europe

GCC relations: Doha’s willingness to make concessions augurs well for regional unity in 2015

Qatar puts on a united front Subscription

3 February 2015 | By

As 2015 gets under way, Doha is looking to put behind it the public fallout with its GCC neighbours, but its position on Libya and Egypt remains contentious

GCC cement capacity

Cement demand set to soar Subscription

3 February 2015 | By

With the pace of project activity picking up in Qatar in the run-up to the 2022 football World Cup, the governmentmay have to review cement prices

SR

Qatar: Project focus turns to World Cup

3 February 2015

Qatar refocuses on infrastructure for the 2022 World Cup football tournament after scrapping petrochemicals projects

Qatar population

Lack of enforcement fails labour laws Subscription

2 February 2015 | By James Gavin

The Qatari authorities have released new regulations governing wages and living conditions for migrant labourers in the wake of sustained criticism of abuses

GCC cement capacity

Qatar rethinks its chemicals strategy Subscription

2 February 2015 | By

The cancellations of the Al-Karaana and Al-Sejeel petrochemicals projects have been prompted by the slump in oil prices and will allow Doha to focus on building infrastructure for the 2022 Fifa World Cup

Qatar GDP, 2013

Doha adjusts to lower oil prices Subscription

1 February 2015 | By

With robust fundamentals and a young leader willing to pursue economic reforms, Qatar is well positioned to weather the decline in hydrocarbons revenues

The price of labour and materials has been rising since 2010, but the decline in oil will provide respite from inflation

A window of opportunity Subscription

27 January 2015 | By

The price of labour and materials has been rising since 2010, but the decline in oil will provide respite from inflation and encourage clients that want to move ahead with projects despite oil price concerns

Doha

Commercial Bank of Qatar talks success overseas Subscription

26 January 2015 | By

The head of the Commercial Bank of Qatar, Abdulla al-Raisi, says the lender has a growing appetite to expand internationally after successes in Oman, the UAE and Turkey

The supply chain in Qatar will continue to be tested this year as other more essential projects continue to be built, such as the main stadiums

Sharq Crossing delay good for Qatar Subscription

20 January 2015 | By

Construction market already overheating as other more essential projects continue to be built

Qatar makes hard decisions on petrochemicals

Qatar makes hard decisions Subscription

20 January 2015 | By

Cancelling the Al-Karaana petrochemicals project is a big decision, but sends an ominous warning to contractors

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Market presentations

Dubai creek

Managing the Boom: The Outlook for the Middle East Subscription

23 July 2014

Opportunities and challenges for businesses in the region created by the new projects boom

Qatar metro

Webinar: GCC metro and rail projects Subscription

12 September 2013

MEED’s analysis and forecast presentation on the metro projects in the region

Middle East Outlook 2013

A region in transition: Middle East outlook 2013 and beyond Subscription

18 August 2013

Insight and analysis on the economic and projects outlook for the Middle East

Project Finance

Webinar: Middle East project finance outlook Subscription

17 June 2013

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

Lusail Iconic stadium

Webinar: Qatar Projects Subscription

8 April 2013

There are more than $220bn-worth of projects planned or under way in Qatar, as it pushes forwards with major infrastructure developments

After the Uprisings webinar

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

4 March 2013

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

Top 10 projects

Rank

Rank Project Name Sector Contract value ($m)
1 Qatar Integrated Rail Project: Doha Metro: Gold Line: Tunneling Works Transport 3,300
2 Qatar Integrated Rail Project: LRT: Lusail Light Rail: Phase II Transport 2,722
3 Qatar Integrated Rail Project: Doha Metro Green Line:
Tunneling/ Main Station Works
Transport 2,520
4 Education City: Research Institute Sidra Medical & Research Center Construction 2,300
5 Qatar Integrated Rail Project: Doha Metro: Red Line North: Tunneling Works Transport 2,184
6 Barzan Gas Development: Onshore: Phase 1 Gas 1,700
7 Expressway Programme: New Orbital Highway & Truck Route (Contract 3) Transport 1,691
8 Qatar Integrated Rail Project: Doha Metro: Red Line South: Tunneling Works Transport 1,500
9 Qatar Petroleum District Construction 1,301
10 Qatar Integrated Rail Project: Light Rail Transit: Lusail Network Phase 1 Transport 1,200
10 Laffan Condensate Refinery: Phase 2 Oil 1,200
10 New Port Project: Dredging Works Construction 1,200
Click through to the full data table on Qatar's biggest projects in construction
Click through to MEED's Q3 2014 Top 100 Projects report
Source: MEED Projects; Data compiled: November 2014; All projects are in construction

Project awards

Wastewater

Egis wins Qatar projects Subscription

26 March 2015 | By

French firm to consult on wastewater site causing serious environmental problems

Freight

French firm awarded Doha design contract Subscription

25 March 2015 | By

Design contract awarded for work on Um Alhoul economic zone

Mall construction

Contractor wins Doha mall deal Subscription

18 March 2015 | By

New retail centre will be built at Lusail

Solar cells at a dam

Qatar to install solar on mega-reservoir project Subscription

12 March 2015 | By

Tenders to be floated after project completion

Joint venture wins Lusail contract

Joint venture wins Lusail contract Subscription

10 March 2015 | By

Malaysian contractor awarded latest infrastructure deal

Offshore platform

Qatar Petroleum awards McDermott offshore contract Subscription

9 March 2015 | By

US contractor to install offshore structures at the North Field in 2016

Kindergarten schools

Ashghal awards six school contracts Subscription

26 February 2015 | By

Qatar’s Public Works Authority presses ahead with social infrastructure

Doha metro station

Qatar awards metro contract Subscription

22 February 2015 | By

Joint venture awarded project management contract for Doha Metro

Projects trends

Gulf projects index

Gulf index stalls on Saudi Arabia decline Subscription

23 March 2015

Kingdom cancels out gains made by Bahrain and Qatar

Value of projects planned or under way ($m) 5 Mar 2015

Kuwait leads Gulf index fall Subscription

10 March 2015

Kuwait and Bahrain record significant declines, with few positive notes

Gulf projects index

Kuwait five-year plan boosts index Subscription

3 March 2015

Six per cent rise in Kuwait market contributes to Gulf Projects Index growth

More Gulf Projects Index articles

People

Abdulrahman al-Suwaidi

22 February 2015

Abdulrahman al-Suwaidi is chief executive officer (CEO), Oryx GTL

Safwan Moubaydeen Subscription

28 January 2015

Safwan Moubaydeen is managing partner at Dentons in Amman, Jordan and Doha, Qatar

Hassan al-Thawadi

Hassan al-Thawadi Subscription

22 January 2015

Hassan al-Thawadi is Secretary-general, Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy, Qatar

Fahad Ismail Zainal Subscription

16 October 2014

Fahad Ismail Zainal is chief administration officer at Qatar Financial Centre Authority

Yousuf Mohammed al-Jaida Subscription

30 September 2014

Yousuf Mohammed al-Jaida is the deputy CEO at the Qatar Financial Centre Authority

David Dhanoo Subscription

22 September 2014

David Dhanoo is group chief legal officer and board secretary at Qatar Financial Centre Authority

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News

Stadium being constructed in Qatar

Qatar has rating affirmed by S&P Subscription

29 March 2015 | By

Spending plans maintain Qatar’s rating at AA/A-1+

An armed man walks on the rubble of houses destroyed by an air strike near Sanaa airport on 26 March. Saudi Arabia and Gulf region allies have launched military operations including air strikes in Yemen

Saudi allies deploy warplanes against Yemen’s Houthis Subscription

26 March 2015 | By

UAE, Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar and Jordan commit 76 fighter jets

Wastewater

Egis wins Qatar projects Subscription

26 March 2015 | By

French firm to consult on wastewater site causing serious environmental problems

Freight

French firm awarded Doha design contract Subscription

25 March 2015 | By

Design contract awarded for work on Um Alhoul economic zone

Steel production

Steel production up 7 per cent in February Subscription

23 March 2015 | By

Iran and Saudi Arabia’s steel output help boost Middle East steel sector

Yousef AlHorr, Gulf Organisation for Research and Development

World Cup stadiums to conform to green standards Subscription

22 March 2015 | By

Metro stations, stadiums and government buildings must hit minimum sustainability standards

Al-Rayyan Stadium (expansion)

Contractors express interest in Qatar stadium Subscription

22 March 2015 | By

Al-Rayyan stadium will have 40,000 seats

Khalifa International Stadium in Qatar

Fifa confirms winter Qatar World Cup

19 March 2015 | By

Qatar 2022 World Cup final will take place on 18 December

Reservoir

Qatar moves forward on water storage Subscription

19 March 2015 | By

Mega-reservoir work to start at end of March

Roger Cruickshank, Atkins

Metros need revenue from surrounding land Subscription

19 March 2015 | By

Authorities must create ‘zones of attraction’ to fund rail systems

Qatar’s Nebras buys Jordan power plant stake

Qatar’s Nebras buys Jordan power plant stake Subscription

18 March 2015 | By

Nebras Power to acquire 24 per cent interest in 241MW facility

Euro value against the dollar

European contractors gain edge after currency drop Subscription

18 March 2015 | By

Euro weakness will make eurozone-based construction companies more competitive

Mall construction

Contractor wins Doha mall deal Subscription

18 March 2015 | By

New retail centre will be built at Lusail

Qatar's current desalination capacity stands at about 1.5 million cubic metres a day

Qatar to study water policy Subscription

18 March 2015 | By

Kahramaa issues consultancy tender for strategic study

Qatar National Bank headquarters

QNB closes $3bn syndicated loan Subscription

18 March 2015 | By

Bank says offering was well received and supported by 20 international banks

Liquefied natural gas

LNG prices into northeast Asia drop 60 per cent over year Subscription

17 March 2015 | By

Platts says weaker-than-expected demand caused collapse in prices

Expressway

Qatar to tender six expressway deals in 2015 Subscription

12 March 2015 | By ,

Much of expressway programme still in design phase

Better communication between clients and contractors is needed on major projects in Qatar

Qatar government clients stress communication Subscription

12 March 2015 | By

Clarification and timely decision-making needed on major projects in country

Construction

Amnesty International says Qatar labour criticism is unfair

12 March 2015 | By

Qatar has introduced labour market reforms

Construction

Orascom Construction completes dual listing Subscription

12 March 2015 | By

First company to be listed in UAE and Egypt

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