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Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani

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Iran 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012f 2013f 2014f
Nominal GDP ($bn) 115.3 97.8 127.3 173.3 183.4 188.8 196.6
GDP per capita ($) 79,582 59,676 74,901 98,031 99,731 98,737 98,857
Real GDP growth (annual change, %) 17.7 12 16.7 13 6.6 5.2 5
Government revenue (% of GDP) 34.9 44.2 30.9 38.7 43.5 41.4 40.1
Government total expenditure (% of GDP) 24.8 31.8 28.5 30.5 35.5 30.5 30.4
Total government debt (gross, % of GDP) 9.5 32.5 38.7 37 37.8 34.9 31.7
Current account balance (% of GDP) 28.7 10.2 26.8 30.4 29.5 29.3 23.7
Value of oil imports 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Value of oil & gas exports 61.7 42.3 72.6 105.5 108.7 106.9 102.6
Inflation (%) 15 -4.9 0.4 1.9 1.9 3 4
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Source: International Monetary Fund, World Economic Outlook Database; Last updated: June 2013; *=Estimate

Doing business in...


MEED’s guide to doing business in Qatar Subscription

19 July 2012, 13:45 GMT | By

As Doha welcomes international contractors and investors, doing business in the country is getting easier, but there is still bureaucracy to be negotiated for those wanting to enter the market and succeed in it.

Qatar trends

March contract awards

Middle East contracts awarded: March 2014 Subscription

17 April 2014, 12:23 GMT

Over $12bn of contracts awarded in March in the Middle East


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

Qatar banking sector

Qatar’s banks primed to support infrastructure growth Subscription

2 April 2014, 7:08 GMT | By

Qatar’s Finance Ministry recently announced a spike in spending

Contract awards

Middle East contracts awarded: January 2014 Subscription

16 February 2014, 11:13 GMT

Over $17bn awarded in January in the Middle East


Kuwait set to be biggest GCC oil and gas spender in 2014 Subscription

14 January 2014, 13:07 GMT | By

Large contracts on refineries and heavy oil should see Kuwait overtake the UAE this year


Medical insurance set for growth Subscription

14 January 2014, 12:46 GMT | By

Compulsory healthcare coverage is being rolled out or planned in the GCC states and is set to fuel growth for insurers. But higher premiums and consolidation will be needed to increase profitability

Middle East contract awards December 2013

Middle East contracts awarded: December 2013 Subscription

8 January 2014, 8:16 GMT

Over $7bn awarded in December in the Middle East

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

Long-term planning: Oil minister Mohammed al-Sada (pictured) and Emir Sheikh Tamim are determined to diverify Qatar's energy sector

Qatar looks beyond gas Subscription

5 December 2013, 10:03 GMT | By

Faced with potential competition from shale gas producers, Doha is investing in oil projects

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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


Next hurdle for key rail market

27 March 2014, 13:46 GMT | By

While billions of dollars are being invested in rail infrastructure in Saudi Arabia, it still faces a challenge in attracting the necessary expertise

Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani, Emir, Qatar

Dispute threatens GCC joint initiatives

25 March 2014, 9:06 GMT

GCC leaders will be aware that all sides will be losers if the diplomatic dispute is allowed to escalate into a broader crisis

Regional metro schemes

New players to fill metro void

20 March 2014, 16:26 GMT

With the region’s metro boom gathering pace, competition for resources is also mounting

Qatar's energy quandry

Doha considers energy options

20 March 2014, 16:05 GMT

Qatar Petroleum is determining how to move forward with the North field and is also investing in its oil fields


Worker scrutiny threatens Qatar growth

13 March 2014, 13:49 GMT | By

If Doha’s ability to hire foreign labourers is hampered, this could delay projects and curb growth

Sheikh Tamim: Remains unshaken on foreign policy

Sheikh Tamim faces next test

6 March 2014, 10:24 GMT | By

As Saudi Arabian, Bahraini and UAE ambassadors withdraw from Doha, the region looks to the Qatari emir for the state’s next foreign policy move


Riyadh metro makes progress

27 February 2014, 12:58 GMT

While similarities exist, the Doha and Riyadh metro projects are being delivered using quite different procurement methods

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Special reports


Qatar: Focus returns to stadium programme

16 April 2014, 10:13 GMT

It is a frustrating time for Doha

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


Qatar Projects 2014: The clients driving a $285bn market Subscription

3 March 2014, 5:37 GMT

Window of opportunity opens in Qatar market


Qatar: Doha rethinks foreign policy agenda

23 January 2014, 8:09 GMT

Foreign policy may change with Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani at the helm

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Market presentations

Qatar metro

Webinar: GCC metro and rail projects Subscription

12 September 2013, 6:53 GMT

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, 7:46 GMT

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, 11:40 GMT

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

Lusail Iconic stadium

Webinar: Qatar Projects Subscription

8 April 2013, 8:50 GMT

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, 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

Barzan: The gas project raised $5.7bn

Rebuilding the Middle East: Prospects for the projects market 2012 Subscription

6 February 2012, 5:40 GMT

MEED’s webinar looks at expected growth in the Middle East and North Africa

Arab uprising: Facebook gave power to protesters

The impact of the Arab uprisings on business growth Subscription

27 July 2011, 12:50 GMT

MEED’s webinar is a mid-year review that assesses the consequences of protests in the region on project plans

Top 10 projects


Rank Project Name Sector Contract value ($m)
1 Qatar Integrated Rail Project: Doha Metro: Green Line: Tunneling Works Transport 2,520
2 Education City: Research Institute Sidra Medical & Research Center Construction 2,300
3 Qatar Integrated Rail Project: Doha Metro: Red Line North: Tunneling Works Transport 2,184
4 Barzan Gas Development: Onshore: Phase 1 Gas 1,700
5 Qatar Integrated Rail Project: Doha Metro: Red Line South: Tunneling Works Transport 1,500
6 Qatar Petroleum District Construction 1,301
7 Plateau Maintenance Project for Onshore Facilities: AGX Gas 1,200
7 Qatar Integrated Rail Project: Light Rail Transit: Lusail Light Rail Network Transport 1,200
7 Laffan Condensate Refinery: Phase 2 Oil 1,200
7 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 Q4 2013 Top 100 Projects report
Source: MEED Projects; Data compiled: January 2014; All projects are in construction

Project awards

Consultancy team wins Doha metro management contract

16 April 2014, 8:29 GMT | By

US/French joint venture will project manage Doha metro systems and rolling stock

Qatar awards first World Cup stadium construction contract Subscription

9 April 2014, 13:23 GMT | By

Nine new stadiums are expected to be built ahead of the 2022 tournament

WSP wins design contract for Qatar road project Subscription

2 April 2014, 11:53 GMT | By

Canada-based firm to design roads for phase one of Orbital Expressway scheme

Qatar awards road contracts worth $2.86bn Subscription

24 March 2014, 6:23 GMT | By

New contracts awarded as part of Qatar’s New Orbital Highway project

Sixco wins more Qatar port work Subscription

23 March 2014, 10:04 GMT | By

Deal involves building a new substation

Qatar selects consortium for Doha Metro Gold Line Subscription

20 March 2014, 5:24 GMT | By

Doha Metro Gold Line contract award is expected to be signed soon

Larsen & Toubro wins $600m Qatar road contract Subscription

13 March 2014, 10:21 GMT | By

Ashghal awards contract for Al-Wakrah bypass road

Consortium wins Doha metro line contract Subscription

11 March 2014, 11:58 GMT | By

More Doha Metro awards expected in March

Projects trends

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

Gulf projects index

UAE records strong growth Subscription

3 April 2014, 9:31 GMT

Oman sees second-largest increase while Iran continues poor performance

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Neil Gilmour

3 December 2013, 5:52 GMT

Neil Gilmour is vice-president of development, Shell Integrated Gas

Thani Thamer Mohammad al-Thani

3 December 2013, 5:50 GMT

Thani Thamer Mohammad al-Thani is deputy general manager, Qatar Shell

Wael Sawan

3 December 2013, 5:44 GMT

Wael Sawan is managing director and chairman, Qatar Shell Companies

Marjo Louw

3 December 2013, 5:32 GMT

Marjo Louw is Qatar country president, Sasol

Abdulrahman al-Suwaidi

3 December 2013, 5:23 GMT

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

David Barwell Subscription

28 November 2013, 11:46 GMT

David Barwell is CEO, Aecom

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Qatar Projects 2014 conference


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

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Qatar Projects 2014

Qatar Projects Conference 2015

Detailing the plan to deliver Qatar’s National Vision 2030, a $200bn project opportunity

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