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Iran 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012f 2013f 2014f
Nominal GDP ($bn) 115.3 97.8 125.1 171.5 192.4 202.6 213.8
GDP per capita ($) 74.189 59.935 76.413 100.410 104.756 100.260 96.635
Real GDP growth (annual change, %) 17.7 12 16.7 13.0 6.2 6.1 5.9
Government revenue (% of GDP) 35.0 44.5 31.4 34.6 40.1 41.5 38.8
Government total expenditure (% of GDP) 24.8 32.2 28.9 28.2 30.6 30.4 31.2
Total government debt (gross, % of GDP) 10.3 33.6 29.2 32.3 35.4 34.2 25.4
Current account balance (% of GDP) 23.1 6.5 19.0 30.3 32.4 29.2 25.4
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 (%) 15.2 -4.9 -2.4 1.9 1.9 3.1 3.6
Click to see full economic data (2005 - 2018 forecast)
Source: International Monetary Fund, World Economic Outlook Database; Last updated: July 2014; *=Estimate

MEED comment

Fertiliser production facility

Fertiliser industry facing tough times

18 September 2014 | By

Global overcapacity could mean lower margins for expanding GCC industry

Ras Laffan, Qatar

Qatar’s return to spending Subscription

21 August 2014 | By

Doha is keen to both strengthen its gas operations as well as diversify its hydrocarbons sector

Dubai Metro: Expansion could link to more areas

Metro progress is a promising sign Subscription

17 July 2014 | By

Both Dubai and Doha will benefit in the long term from the metro projects under way for World Cup and Expo

Learning: Qatar has been watching Brazil 2014 closely

Doubts remain over Qatar 2022 Subscription

10 July 2014 | By

After Brazil 2014 has ended, the focus will return with greater intensity to Qatar and whether it can host the 2022 football tournament

Qatar Fifa dispute

Fifa dispute to breed distrust Subscription

5 June 2014

The conflict raging over Qatar’s hosting of the 2022 World Cup raises concerns that clients will treat foreign firms with suspicion

Oil

Oil sector starts to reawaken Subscription

29 May 2014

Doha is increasing oil activity, hoping to shield the country against the shale gas revolution

Change: Exchanges will need to attract fresh listings

Volatility hits stock markets Subscription

22 May 2014

Improvements are needed in the UAE and Qatari bourses to reduce their vulnerability to speculators and attract longer-term investors

Doha

Stadiums are the new focus in Qatar Subscription

8 May 2014 | By

Contractors are now turning their attention to the 2022 World Cup stadium projects, although details of upcoming projects are still unclear

Qatar World Cup

Qatar stadium doubts surface again Subscription

24 April 2014 | By

Doha’s plan to review the number of stadiums it will build has raised doubts about the credibility of its bid

Markets and bonds

Bonds market gains maturity Subscription

10 April 2014

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 Subscription

10 April 2014

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

Rail

Next hurdle for key rail market Subscription

27 March 2014 | 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 Subscription

25 March 2014

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 Subscription

20 March 2014

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

Qatar's energy quandry

Doha considers energy options Subscription

20 March 2014

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

Doha

Worker scrutiny threatens Qatar growth Subscription

13 March 2014 | By

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

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Qatar trends

Qatari banks post upbeat first nine-month results

Qatari banks post upbeat first nine-month results Subscription

23 October 2014 | By

Some lenders post lower than expected loan growth

Middle East contracts September 2014

Middle East contracts awarded: September 2014 Subscription

16 October 2014

Over $2bn of contracts awarded in September in the Middle East

Nationals in petrochemicals workforce

GCC chemicals industry creating local jobs with varied success Subscription

14 October 2014 | By

Industry group says almost 150,000 people directly employed in regional chemicals sector

Middle East and North Africa internet indicators 2013

Market delivers sustained growth Subscription

9 October 2014 | By Paul Melly

Operators are having to cater to increasing demand for faster download speeds and improved connectivity across the region

Qatar Petroleum’s decision in September to place its $7.4bn Al-Sejeel petrochemicals complex on hold came as a major surprise to many

Doha rethinks petrochemicals expansion Subscription

7 October 2014 | By

Qatar Petroleum has put its Al-Sejeel project on hold, with officials saying they are seeking an investment with better economic returns. Meanwhile, the Al-Karaana scheme is going ahead as planned

Qatar projects by sector and project status

Giant rail projects dominate Qatar market Subscription

2 October 2014 | By

Massive transport infrastructure developments are required to support Doha’s ambitious plans

Tensions: Qatar’s support for the Brotherhood has put it at odds with its GCC neighbours

Doha makes a gesture of unity Subscription

25 September 2014 | By

The departure of several prominent Brotherhood figures in September shows Qatar is keen for a united front in the face of Isis’ advance. But the diplomatic rift is far from healed

Qatar trade balance 2010-2013

Doha looks to diversify exports Subscription

24 September 2014 | By James Gavin

Qatar’s trade surplus as a proportion of GDP is forecast to continue to decline in the coming years. The government is looking to reverse this trend with a stronger focus on non-oil exports and bilateral trade

Qatar LNG exports 2013

Moratorium likely to remain in place Subscription

24 September 2014 | By

The appointment of an official who favours upholding the North Field moratorium to lead Qatar Petroleum suggests Doha has no desire to expand its gas production any time soon

There is room in the automotive supply chain for Qatar to find its niche

Finding a niche automotive segment Subscription

24 September 2014 | By James Gavin

Qatar’s guaranteed supply of automotive-grade aluminium means it has the potential to tap into a niche market and become a manufacturer of advanced technologies such as lightweight composites

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Special reports

Doha

Qatar: GCC puts forward united front against Isis

24 September 2014

Isis represents a common, external threat, which has proved a timely reminder that the six states are strongest when they work together

Hamad International airport

Aviation and Airports: Region steps up investment Subscription

3 July 2014

The rapid rise of Emirates has spurred the growth of other world-leading airlines in the Gulf

Doha

Qatar: Focus returns to stadium programme Subscription

16 April 2014

It is a frustrating time for Doha

GCC real estate

Real Estate: GCC property markets stabilising Subscription

18 March 2014

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

Qatar

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

3 March 2014

Window of opportunity opens in Qatar market

Qatar

Qatar: Doha rethinks foreign policy agenda Subscription

23 January 2014

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

GCC construction

Construction: Continuing GCC projects growth into 2014 Subscription

16 January 2014

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

Doha

Doha: Profits rise on government spending Subscription

28 November 2013

Qatar ramps up spending in preparation of the Fifa 2022 World Cup

SR Cover Riding the Boom

Construction: Middle East rides the new projects boom Subscription

21 November 2013

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

Qatar

Qatar: New emir resets Doha's strategic focus Subscription

19 September 2013

An immediate challenge for Doha is to convince Fifa that the 2022 World Cup in Qatar is still viable

Doha

Qatar: Shura Council vote falls off agenda Subscription

9 May 2013

In late 2011, Qatar’s emir announced that for the first time an election to appoint two-thirds of his advisory body, the Shura Council, would be held in June 2013

Souk

Qatar: Non-oil sector set to drive economy Subscription

6 March 2013

Qatar’s era of breakneck growth is over

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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

Wastewater

Webinar: Project opportunities in GCC wastewater Subscription

15 May 2012

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

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

Top 10 projects

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: Doha Metro:
Green Line: Tunneling and Main Station Works
Transport 2,520
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 Expressway Programme: New Orbital Highway & Truck Route (Contract 3) Transport 1,691
6 Qatar Integrated Rail Project: Doha Metro: Red Line South: Tunneling Works Transport 1,500
7 Qatar Petroleum District Construction 1,301
8 Qatar Integrated Rail Project: Light Rail Transit: Lusail Light Rail Network Transport 1,200
8 Laffan Condensate Refinery: Phase 2 Oil 1,200
8 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 Q2 2014 Top 100 Projects report
Source: MEED Projects; Data compiled: September 2014; All projects are in construction

Project awards

Qatar awards mega reservoirs contracts

Qatar awards mega reservoirs contracts Subscription

22 October 2014 | By ,

Work involves building pipelines that will link reservoirs and new desalination scheme with water network

Rig

Gulf Drilling International wins $1.4bn rig deals in Qatar Subscription

9 September 2014 | By

Qatar Petroleum awards contracts on four new rigs and extensions on four existing rigs

Metro

Joint venture wins more work on Doha Metro Subscription

25 August 2014 | By

Team secures contract for elevated sections of railway

Sharjah in the UAE

Dolphin Energy plans gas pipeline to supply Sharjah Subscription

7 August 2014 | By

UAE group awards design deal to ILF Consulting Engineers and invites prequalification

Atkins wins more Doha Metro design work

Atkins wins more Doha Metro design work Subscription

30 July 2014 | By

Firm appointed as lead designer for Gold Line

Qatar water customers

French firm to supply pipes for Qatar mega reservoirs Subscription

30 July 2014 | By

Local company installing pipelines as part of strategic water scheme

Midmac and CCC take over Qatar Sidra Medical and Research Centre work

Midmac and CCC take over Qatar hospital work Subscription

27 July 2014 | By

Joint venture replaces team of OHL and Contrack for work on Sidra Medical and Research Centre

Mining

Qatar Mining wins Malian gold concessions Subscription

20 July 2014 | By

State-owned operator to carry out exploration at four sites in West African state

Projects trends

Gulf projects index

GCC market makes small gains Subscription

16 October 2014

Oman records the strongest growth, while Iraq’s index freefall slows despite clashes

Gulf projects index

Market eases for Eid break Subscription

9 October 2014

Oman is only projects market to record significant movement

Gulf projects index

UAE drives Gulf index growth Subscription

2 October 2014

Kuwait records biggest decline of 9 per cent in value of projects market

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People

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

Yousef 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

Sheikh Salman bin Hassan al-Thani Subscription

22 September 2014

Sheikh Salman bin Hassan al-Thani is chief financial officer and director of tax at Qatar Financial Centre Authority

Tom Petter Johansen Subscription

16 September 2014

Tom Petter Johansen is CEO at Qatar Aluminium Limited

Khalid Mohamed Sultan Laram Subscription

16 September 2014

Khalid Mohamed Sultan Laram is deputy chief executive officer at Qatalum Aluminium Limited

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Latest Qatar news

Qatar awards mega reservoirs contracts

Qatar awards mega reservoirs contracts Subscription

22 October 2014 | By ,

Work involves building pipelines that will link reservoirs and new desalination scheme with water network

The Sharq Crossing project involves building three bridges interconnected by subsea tunnels

Doha receives Sharq Crossing prequalifications Subscription

21 October 2014 | By

Estimated $12bn project split into eight packages

Qatar Investment Authority has purchased a stake in Hong Kong-based department store operator Lifestyle International Holdings

Qatar Investment Authority makes Hong Kong investment Subscription

20 October 2014 | By

Asia markets hold potential for sovereign wealth fund

Qatar invites bids for sewerage network assessment

Qatar invites bids for sewerage network assessment Subscription

15 October 2014 | By Philippa Wilkinson

Consultancy tender involves studying life expectancy of sewage pressure mains and trunk sewers

Doha

Contractors to submit Sharq Crossing prequalifications Subscription

15 October 2014 | By

There has been much speculation about the future of the project in recent months

Kahramaa investment

Firms prepare bids for Ras Laffan water project Subscription

13 October 2014 | By

Bids due in early January for reverse osmosis facility

Qatar National Bank reports increase in net profits

Qatar National Bank reports increase in net profits Subscription

13 October 2014 | By

Lender’s assets rise to new high

Bid deadline extended for $6.4bn Al-Karaana complex

Bid deadline extended for $6.4bn Al-Karaana complex Subscription

8 October 2014 | By

Qatar Petroleum and Shell give consortiums more time to formulate tenders

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MEED events

Qatar Projects 2015

Qatar Projects Conference 2015

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

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