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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

Doing business in...


MEED’s guide to doing business in Qatar Subscription

5 June 2014 | By

It is an exciting time in the country’s development and there are very few places in the world changing as radically as Qatar

MEED comment

Opec secretary-general Abdullah al-Badri

Opec sets the tone for 2015

15 December 2014 | By

Regional producers are not about to cut oil production and the assumptions that have underpinned forecasting in recent years have to be revisited

Shanghai in China

China proves attractive to Qatari banks

27 November 2014 | By

China and Qatar central banks collaborate on currency deals

Qatar World Cup: Designs for Lusail Stadium - side view

Qatar World Cup doubts wiped away

13 November 2014 | By

All Qatar’s efforts can now focus on World Cup preparations

Qatar gas

Al-Sejeel just a blip in Qatar's grand plan Subscription

25 September 2014 | By

Doha has a reputation for spending money on projects it believes in

Fertiliser production facility

Fertiliser industry facing tough times Subscription

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 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


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


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

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Qatar trends

DFM general index

Volatility rules on GCC stock markets Subscription

18 December 2014 | By

Oil prices stretch GCC stock market performance


Impact of falling oil prices on Qatar Subscription

17 December 2014

Qatar has made it clear it is planning to sustain a high level of spending over the course of 2015

Oil, gas and chemical awards in the GCC

GCC oil and gas spending hits four-year high in 2014 Subscription

15 December 2014 | By

Kuwait leads spending as Saudi Arabia has weakest year for contracts since 2004

WTI spot price

Riding out low oil prices Subscription

4 December 2014 | By

GCC nations brace for budget deficits as Opec offers no oil price support

Petrochemicals sector

GCC petrochemicals production doubled since 2005 Subscription

4 December 2014 | By

Six-country bloc produced more than 140 million tonnes of petrochemicals in 2013

Doha Festival City

Interview: Kareem Shamma, CEO of Doha Festival City Subscription

3 December 2014 | By

Progress at Doha’s largest shopping mall shows the private sector can indeed deliver large-scale projects in Qatar, says Kareem Shamma

Middle East contracts October 2014

Middle East contracts awarded: October 2014 Subscription

1 December 2014

Over $13bn of contracts awarded in October in the Middle East

November contract awards

Middle East contracts awarded: November 2014 Subscription

1 December 2014

Over $3bn of contracts awarded in November in the Middle East

GCC banking sector asset growth 2013

Positive outlook for Qatar banks Subscription

27 November 2014 | By James Gavin

As the government infrastructure spending programme picks up pace, local banks are set to benefit from increased lending opportunities to the public and private sectors


Commercial Bank of Qatar talks success overseas Subscription

26 November 2014 | By

The head of the Commercial Bank of Qatar, Abdulla al-Raisi, says the lender has a growing appetite to expand internationally after successes in Oman, the UAE and Turkey

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Special reports

Opec secretary-general Abdullah al-Badri

Opec sets the tone for 2015

15 December 2014 | By

Regional producers are not about to cut oil production and the assumptions that have underpinned forecasting in recent years have to be revisited


Qatar banking: State spending boosts banking sector

27 November 2014

Qatar’s financial services sector is finally feeling the benefit of Doha’s acceleration in infrastructure spending as it prepares to host the Fifa World Cup in 2022.

Qatar energy

Qatar Energy 2014

9 November 2014 | By

Qatar Petroleum looks likely to uphold its moratorium on gas production when it comes under review in 2015


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


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

3 March 2014

Window of opportunity opens in Qatar market


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: 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

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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


Webinar: Project opportunities in GCC wastewater Subscription

15 May 2012

Join MEED for an exclusive online seminar looking at the Gulf wastewater sector

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: LRT: Lusail Light Rail: Phase II Transport 2,722
3 Qatar Integrated Rail Project: Doha Metro Green Line:
Tunneling/ Main Station Works
Transport 2,520
4 Education City: Research Institute Sidra Medical & Research Center Construction 2,300
5 Qatar Integrated Rail Project: Doha Metro: Red Line North: Tunneling Works Transport 2,184
6 Barzan Gas Development: Onshore: Phase 1 Gas 1,700
7 Expressway Programme: New Orbital Highway & Truck Route (Contract 3) Transport 1,691
8 Qatar Integrated Rail Project: Doha Metro: Red Line South: Tunneling Works Transport 1,500
9 Qatar Petroleum District Construction 1,301
10 Qatar Integrated Rail Project: Light Rail Transit: Lusail Network Phase 1 Transport 1,200
10 Laffan Condensate Refinery: Phase 2 Oil 1,200
10 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 Q3 2014 Top 100 Projects report
Source: MEED Projects; Data compiled: November 2014; All projects are in construction

Project awards

Marubeni and Degremont consortium wins Doha wastewater deal

Consortium lands Doha wastewater deal Subscription

17 December 2014 | By

Second expansion will increase capacity of Doha West plant to 280,000 cubic metres a day

Doha metro train

Consortium wins Doha metro contract Subscription

9 December 2014 | By

Lotte Engineering & Construction wins Red Line North elevated works


Qatar awards $1.5bn of infrastructure deals Subscription

8 December 2014 | By

Ashghal announces roads, drainage and sewage treatment contracts

Local contractors win New Doha Port deal

Local contractors win New Doha Port deal Subscription

17 November 2014 | By

Firms will build customs area and associated infrastructure

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


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


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

Projects trends

Gulf projects index

Iran decline pulls down Gulf index Subscription

18 December 2014

Islamic Republic’s fall in value cancels out growth in UAE, Oman and Kuwait

Value of projects planned or under way 2 Dec.jpg

Kuwait growth fails to lift Gulf index Subscription

4 December 2014

UAE records biggest decline in value of projects market since August

Gulf projects index

Qatar and UAE buoy Gulf index Subscription

27 November 2014

All other Gulf countries except Oman record declines in value

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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

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 warns of weakening energy investment

Qatar warns of weakening energy investment Subscription

22 December 2014 | By

Oil minister says spending could slow down on hydrocarbons projects due to lower oil prices

Oil and gas investment

Qatar warns of weaker investment environment Subscription

21 December 2014 | By

Oil minister says oil and gas projects may see less investment due to lower oil prices

Oil industry

Qatar says oil market may enter a new era Subscription

21 December 2014 | By

Oil minister says producers who cannot cope with lower prices may have to ‘step down’

Qatar and Egypt step closer to reconciliation

Qatar and Egypt step closer to reconciliation Subscription

21 December 2014 | By

It is hoped Saudi-arranged meeting will mend ties

Doha in Qatar

Qatar's New Port Project on schedule Subscription

21 December 2014 | By

New port will be an important point of entry for materials in the run up to the world cup

Ras Laffan Industrial City

Deadline extended for Ras Laffan water project Subscription

21 December 2014 | By

Bids now due in late February for reverse osmosis facility

Qatari developer Ezdan has agreed to increase the company’s foreign ownership limit from 25 per cent to 49 per cent

Qatar's Ezdan to increase foreign ownership Subscription

18 December 2014 | By

Qatari Emir calls for more foreign ownership in local listed companies to boost market

Marubeni and Degremont consortium wins Doha wastewater deal

Consortium lands Doha wastewater deal Subscription

17 December 2014 | By

Second expansion will increase capacity of Doha West plant to 280,000 cubic metres a day

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Qatar Projects 2015

Qatar Projects Conference 2015

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

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