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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

Qatar trends

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

Getting ready: Qatar is preparing to host the 2022 World Cup by airing this year's games in specially built fan zones

Qatar experiments ahead of hosting World Cup Subscription

9 July 2014 | By

The biggest challenge in hosting the 2022 Fifa World Cup in Qatar could be catering to thousands of football fans used to a less restrictive environment

Qatar commercial bank lending

Private sector lending in Qatar picks up speed Subscription

1 July 2014 | By

Lending growth forecast to remain about 10-15 per cent a year

Doha

Investors start developing malls in Doha ahead of World Cup Subscription

24 June 2014 | By

A series of new private-sector shopping mall projects in Doha are in the early stages of development

Oil offshore

Oil exporters put the brakes on spending Subscription

12 June 2014 | By Dominc Dudley

Oil exporters are starting to trim spending to keep budgets more in line with oil prices

Oil prices and Middle East oil production

Stable oil prices expected in 2014 Subscription

11 June 2014 | By

Energy Information Administration forecasts average prices of almost $105 a barrel  

Middle East contract awards May 2014

Middle East contracts awarded: May 2014 Subscription

2 June 2014

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

Middle East contract awards April 2014

Middle East contracts awarded: April 2014 Subscription

31 May 2014

Over $23bn of contracts awarded in April in the Middle East

GCC stock market performance

UAE and Qatar stocks rise to recover mid-May losses Subscription

28 May 2014 | By

Investors took advantage of cheaper buying opportunities

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MEED comment

Learning: Qatar has been watching Brazil 2014 closely

Doubts remain over Qatar 2022

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

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

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

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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

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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

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 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 Q1 2014 Top 100 Projects report
Source: MEED Projects; Data compiled: April 2014; All projects are in construction

Project awards

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

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

Al-Jaber wins Lusail City infrastructure contract Subscription

23 June 2014 | By

Work entails construction of streets and lighting systems

Habtoor Leighton wins Doha Mega Reservoir contract Subscription

19 June 2014 | By

Work will involve installing and commissioning 120km of pipes

Joint venture wins equipment contract at Qatar's Pearl GTL Subscription

15 June 2014 | By

Work will involve upgrading turbines and compressors

Qatargas awards Kentz $125m contract Subscription

11 June 2014 | By

UK contractor to build wastewater recycling and reduction facilities for four liquefied natural gas trains

Qatar signs $2.1bn-worth of power transmission contracts Subscription

11 June 2014 | By

Contracts are part of phase 11 of Kahramaa’s transmission system upgrade programme

Contractors win $453m deal for Doha Festival City shopping mall Subscription

28 May 2014 | By

Joint venture of local firms to build phase two of Doha Festival City shopping mall

Projects trends

Gulf Projects Index

Iraq war weighs on Gulf index Subscription

24 July 2014

Increasing instability causes Iraq projects market to contract by $13bn

Gulf Projects Index

Dubai’s Mall of the World boosts index Subscription

17 July 2014

UAE and Bahrain are the outstanding markets of the week

Gulf Projects Index

Four Gulf states keep index stable Subscription

10 July 2014

Growth in Oman, Iraq, the UAE and Saudi Arabia cancels out decline in Kuwait

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People

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

Neil Gilmour

3 December 2013

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

Marjo Louw

3 December 2013

Marjo Louw is Qatar country president, Sasol

Abdulrahman al-Suwaidi

3 December 2013

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

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Qatar Projects 2014 conference

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Business

Faithful+Gould to focus on programme management Subscription

22 July 2014 | By

Consultant says clients increasingly want global services

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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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