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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

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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

Wil Crisp

Losing the 2022 World Cup may help Qatar’s economy Subscription

28 May 2015 | By

Fitch Ratings says if Qatar is stripped of the tournament its robust economic growth will continue

Colin Foreman

Oil price drop stress tests GCC projects Subscription

26 May 2015 | By

There are long term positives to the slowdown

Andrew Roscoe

Japanese gain ground in region’s utilities market Subscription

26 May 2015 | By

Companies from Japan have won the first three major developer contracts of the year

Doha in Qatar

Construction is risky business in Qatar Subscription

19 May 2015 | By

Aecom encounters “delivery challenges” as industry braces for surge in disputes

Qatar IMF data Q2 2015

Qatar real GDP to grow Subscription

14 May 2015 | By

Qatar’s real GDP is expected to rise to $110.3bn in 2015

QP's risky Al-Shaheen strategy

QP's risky Al-Shaheen strategy Subscription

12 May 2015 | By

Re-tendering concession for technically challenging oil field is mystifying

Projects due for award in next 12 months

Projects market loses its momentum Subscription

12 May 2015 | By

While essential schemes are still likely to move forwards, the drop in oil prices means projects that are more speculative could be put on hold

Saudi Defence Minister Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz al-Saud (C) at a defence exhibition in February

MEED board report, May 2015 Subscription

7 May 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

Refining and petrochemicals developments in the region are bearing the brunt of lower oil prices

Downstream projects most under threat Subscription

4 May 2015 | By

Refining and petrochemicals developments in the region are bearing the brunt of lower oil prices

Qatar shifts its project spending plans

Qatar shifts its project spending plans Subscription

28 April 2015 | By

Falling energy prices have forced Doha to focus on infrastructure programme

Qatar’s Emir Sheikh Tamim (left) is working more closely with Gulf leaders including Saudi King Salman

Welcomed back into the fold Subscription

28 April 2015 | By Wil Crisp

Qatar has made amends with Saudi Arabia, in a sign of a turnaround in GCC attitudes to Doha led by the kingdom’s newly appointed monarch

Renewable energy

Renewables market hotspots taking off Subscription

28 April 2015 | By

Excitement over Egypt, but Saudi Arabia’s plans remain unclear

Qatar must diversify projects pipeline

Qatar: Must diversify projects pipeline Subscription

27 April 2015

Qatar’s economy is booming right now, but this is only on the back of the Fifa 2022 World Cup and the country’s ample reserves of gas

Qatar imports and exports

Hamad Port prepares for first cargo Subscription

27 April 2015 | By

The delivery of the project to provide Qatar with a new port has been pushed forward by a decade, but the authorities are still managing to make good progress

Qatar population

More work needed on labour reforms Subscription

27 April 2015 | By

Doha has announced a series of reforms and draft laws aimed at improving the lives of migrant workers employed in the country, but human rights organisations want the government to take concrete steps

Qatar bank liquidity at risk from oil slump

Qatar bank liquidity at risk from oil slump Subscription

27 April 2015 | By

Qatari banks continue to post strong results, but continued low crude prices and upcoming investment programmes could affect their deposit levels

Middle East contracts March 2015

Middle East contracts awarded: March 2015 Subscription

15 April 2015

Over $6bn of contracts awarded in March in the Middle East

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

Doha in Qatar

Optimism for Qatar amid uncertainty Subscription

7 April 2015 | By

Steady growth forecast for Qatar’s economy

US oil production

The impact of US shale oil on the Middle East Subscription

6 April 2015 | By

Cheaper production could spell disaster for many of the region’s conventional oil fields

Qatar roads

Rail spearheads transport plans Subscription

1 April 2015

Qatar aims to revamp its transport links to counter congestion

Cover

Qatar Projects 2015 Subscription

1 April 2015

World Cup projects gather pace

Gas field

Qatar’s oil dilemma Subscription

31 March 2015 | By

It’s LNG and not oil that is Doha’s core business and it should be concentrating its efforts there

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 Subscription

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 Subscription

18 March 2015 | By

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

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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:
Systems, Rolling Stock and Track Work
Transport 4,129
2 Qatar Integrated Rail Project: Doha Metro:
Gold Line: Tunneling Works
Transport 3,300
3 Qatar Integrated Rail Project: LRT:
Lusail Light Rail: Phase II
Transport 2,722
4 Qatar Integrated Rail Project: Doha Metro
Green Line:
Tunneling/ Main Station Works
Transport 2,520
5 Education City: Research Institute (Qeeri) Sidra
Medical & Research Center
Construction 2,500
6 Qatar Integrated Rail Project: Doha Metro:
Red Line North: Tunneling Works
Transport 2,184
7 Barzan Gas Development: Onshore:
Phase 1
Gas 1,700
8 Expressway Programme: New Orbital
Highway & Truck Route (Contract 3)
Transport 1,691
9 Facility D IWPP: Combined Cycle
Power Plant
Power 1,560
10 Qatar Integrated Rail Project: Doha Metro:
Red Line South: Tunneling Works
Transport 1,500
Click through to the full data table on Qatar's biggest projects in construction
Click through to MEED's Q1 2015 Top 100 Projects report
Source: MEED Projects; Data compiled: May 2015; All projects are in construction

Project awards

Qatar seeks further prices from Facility D independent water and power plant bidders

Qatar signs Facility D contract Subscription

25 May 2015 | By

Japanese-led consortium was selected as preferred bidder in early March

Sewerage

Qatar awards $880m of sewerage contracts Subscription

17 May 2015 | By

Inner Doha Resewerage programme to get under way

Qatar roads

Seven road contracts awarded in Qatar Subscription

12 May 2015 | By

Qatar’s public works authority has awarded a number of road contracts across the country as local contractors dominate

Qatar specialist centre

SSH wins Qatar clinic design and supervision Subscription

7 May 2015 | By

Project will have six interconnected buildings

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

Projects trends

Gulf projects index

Qatar and Kuwait boost Gulf index Subscription

26 May 2015

Saudi Arabia records sole decline in regional projects market

Gulf projects index

Saudi Arabia leads Gulf index recovery Subscription

18 May 2015

All countries record gains to bring projects market up by 0.7 per cent

Gulf projects index

Impact of GCC slowdown takes hold Subscription

12 May 2015

Bahrain makes the biggest gain, while Saudi Arabia’s market continues to fall

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

More Qatar biographies

Preparing for the World Cup

Wil Crisp

Losing the 2022 World Cup may help Qatar’s economy Subscription

Fitch Ratings says if Qatar is stripped of the tournament its robust economic growth will continue

News

Inside a power plant

Qatar looks to Japan for Facility D finance Subscription

28 May 2015 | By

Consortium in discussions with banks

First contract of Qatar's long-distance railway involves 146 kilometres of line

Qatar to finalise rail prequalification Subscription

28 May 2015 | By

First contract involves 146 kilometres of line

The market for tunnelling in the GCC is experiencing a major boom

Flooded Doha Metro tunnelling machine restarts Subscription

28 May 2015 | By

The TBM hit a pocket of water earlier this year

Qatar Foundation Stadium

Construction slowdown expected in Qatar Subscription

28 May 2015 | By

One of Doha’s biggest contractors says it is planning for a lull in project activity after the 2022 World Cup

Fifa

Six Fifa officials arrested on corruption charges Subscription

27 May 2015 | By

Swiss authorities say arrests in Zurich connected to planned World Cup in Qatar

Electric Industrial generator inside power plant

Facility D consortium seeks financing Subscription

25 May 2015 | By

Winning developer in negotiations

Qatar seeks further prices from Facility D independent water and power plant bidders

Qatar signs Facility D contract Subscription

25 May 2015 | By

Japanese-led consortium was selected as preferred bidder in early March

Al-Wakrah stadium

Contractors submit bids for Qatar World Cup stadium Subscription

25 May 2015 | By

Enabling works on the 45,000-seat stadium started in 2014

Qatar Petroleum

Wintershall pulls out of Qatar Subscription

21 May 2015 | By

German oil company abandons gas field concession

Al-Wakrah Stadium

Contractors due to bid for Qatar World Cup stadium Subscription

21 May 2015 | By

Enabling works on the 45,000 seat stadium started in 2014

Qatar will keep 2022 World Cup

World Cup sponsors urged to pressure Qatar Subscription

19 May 2015 | By

Qatar faces renewed pressure over working conditions on construction sites

Sewerage

Qatar awards $880m of sewerage contracts Subscription

17 May 2015 | By

Inner Doha Resewerage programme to get under way

Qatar projects

Qatar authority suspends US consultant Subscription

14 May 2015 | By

Aecom seeking to address ‘delivery challenges’ on two Ashghal projects

Moody’s upgrades Qatar bank

Moody’s upgrades Qatar bank Subscription

12 May 2015 | By Philippa Wilkinson

Ratings agency cites improved asset quality performance and capitalisation

Qatar roads

Seven road contracts awarded in Qatar Subscription

12 May 2015 | By

Qatar’s public works authority has awarded a number of road contracts across the country as local contractors dominate

GCC officials adopt draft value-added tax agreement

GCC officials adopt draft VAT agreement Subscription

11 May 2015 | By

Progress towards introduction of sales tax

Qatar specialist centre

SSH wins Qatar clinic design and supervision Subscription

7 May 2015 | By

Project will have six interconnected buildings

Offshore rig

Qatar to tender Al-Shaheen field concession Subscription

7 May 2015 | By

Decision comes as blow to Maersk Oil

Artist's rendition of Sharq Crossing

Doha to review Sharq Crossing plans Subscription

7 May 2015 | By

Landmark project was delayed in January

Rafale

Qatar signs $7bn contract to buy 24 Rafale jets Subscription

5 May 2015 | By

Hollande and Sheikh Tamim sign deal in Doha

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