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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

Ras Laffan, Qatar

Qatar’s return to spending

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

Sheikh Tamim: Remains unshaken on foreign policy

Sheikh Tamim faces next test Subscription

6 March 2014 | 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

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Qatar trends

Selected global sovereign sukuk issuance and Saudi domestic bond issuance

Dubai nurtures Islamic ambitions Subscription

17 September 2014 | By

The UAE emirate has been working on encouraging the development of sharia-compliant banks and is also leading the way as a location to list Islamic bonds

GCC oil and gas awards

GCC oil and gas spend hits long-term high in 2014 Subscription

16 September 2014 | By

Six-country bloc has invested $29bn to date driven by resurgence in Kuwait projects

Islamic banks maintain strong growth Subscription

15 September 2014 | By

Sharia-compliant lenders in the GCC are enjoying success in winning greater market share from their conventional counterparts, buoyed by government support

Qatar oil and gas fields

Doha tackles oil field decline with a two-pronged strategy Subscription

31 August 2014 | By

Massive investments are planned to lengthen the life of Qatar’s oil assets and diversify the energy market

Risk ratings in the Middle East and North Africa

Navigating regional political and security risk Subscription

17 August 2014 | By

Investors face a widening and complex web of risks in the Middle East and North Africa region

Middle East contracts awarded July 2014

Middle East contracts awarded: July 2014 Subscription

11 August 2014

Over $8bn of contracts were awarded in July in the Middle East

Middle East contracts awarded June 2014

Middle East contracts awarded: June 2014 Subscription

31 July 2014

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

Rigs operating in the Middle East and North Africa, June 2014

Middle East rig count on the rise Subscription

31 July 2014 | By

The region is now the world’s second-biggest market for operating oil rigs

Qatar drives mergers and acquisitions

Qatar drives Middle East mergers and acquisitions Subscription

16 July 2014 | By

Value of deals in the second quarter highest since start of 2011

Observers: Qatar sent a 140-strong delegation to Brazil to learn from its World Cup successes and mistakes

What Qatar can learn from Brazil World Cup Subscription

10 July 2014 | By

Brazil’s World Cup experiences can teach Qatar valuable lessons on how to host its event in 2022

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Special reports

Hamad International airport

Aviation and Airports: Region steps up investment

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

Qatar megaprojects

Ambitious Qatar megaprojects surge ahead

13 February 2013

Gas-rich Gulf state pushes ahead with multibillion-dollar infrastructure schemes

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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

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

Doha construction

Murray & Roberts tie-up wins Doha design and construct deal Subscription

10 July 2014 | By

Joint-venture contract covers research and technology centre at Education City in Doha

Projects trends

Gulf projects index

Saudi Arabia sees biggest expansion Subscription

18 September 2014

Kingdom’s surge pushes Gulf Projects Index up by 1 per cent

Gulf projects index

Expansion in Saudi Arabia lifts market Subscription

11 September 2014

Projects announcements in Kuwait and Saudi Arabia give boost to Gulf Projects Index

Value of projects planned or under way ($bn)

Big decline for Iraq’s projects market Subscription

4 September 2014

Continued turmoil weighs on Iraq as its projects sector has worst week in 30 months

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People

Andrew Macklin Subscription

20 July 2014

Andrew Macklin is partner in Doha at Latham & Watkins

Villiers Terblanche Subscription

20 July 2014

Villiers Terblanche office managing partner, Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Doha at Latham & Watkins

Ahmad Anani Subscription

20 July 2014

Ahmad Anani is deputy office managing partner in Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Doha at Latham & Watkins

Dani Kabbani Subscription

25 June 2014

Dani Kabbani is managing partner of Eversheds Doha legal office

Wael Sawan

16 June 2014

Wael Sawan is managing director and chairman, Qatar Shell Companies

Thani Thamer Mohammad al-Thani

16 June 2014

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

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Latest Qatar news

Libya's prime minister, Abdullah al-Thinni, has accused Qatar of arming Islamist militias

Libya accuses Qatar of arming Islamists Subscription

16 September 2014 | By

Prime Minister Abdullah al-Thinni says planes delivered weapons to militias

Doha

Qatar ejects senior Muslim Brotherhood members Subscription

14 September 2014 | By

Brotherhood leaders say they are looking for a new base for the group’s international operations

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

QNB

QNB acquires stake in pan-African bank Subscription

4 September 2014 | By

Qatar to strengthen ties with Africa

Qatar stadium

Qatar tenders Al-Khor stadium construction Subscription

31 August 2014 | By

Project also involves the construction of a retail precinct

The planned Al-Wakrah stadium in Doha

Doha tenders World Cup stadium Subscription

28 August 2014 | By

At least nine groups are prequalified to bid for Doha’s Al-Wakrah stadium

Elevated road

Contractor secures Qatar interchange work Subscription

27 August 2014 | By

New interchange in Qatar will provide access to a new shopping mall

Power

Bidders wait for news on Qatar’s Facility D project Subscription

25 August 2014 | By

Four consortiums submitted prices for Qatar’s independent power and water project in May

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MEED events

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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