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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

Doing business in...


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

Qatar must diversify projects pipeline

Qatar: Must diversify projects pipeline

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

Welcomed back into the fold Subscription

27 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

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

Renewable energy

Renewables market hotspots taking off

23 April 2015 | By

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

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


Qatar Projects 2015

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

18 March 2015 | By

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

Construction scene in Qatar

Qatar quietly moves forward with infrastructure Subscription

17 March 2015 | By

Doha must wish all its projects could move forward so peacefully, compared with the media frenzy surrounding projects linked to the 2022 Fifa World Cup

Etihad Airways

Gulf aviation hub to be largely unchallenged Subscription

11 March 2015 | By

Demands from US airlines have been raised in Washington

Mohamed Abdelkhalek

Banks embrace finance deals Subscription

8 March 2015

World Cup infrastructure makes Qatar a rich market for lenders

Doha metro lines

Doha metro takes shape Subscription

8 March 2015

The network is planned to last beyond the World Cup

Qatar Foundation Stadium

Stadium plans see progress

8 March 2015

Five arenas are confirmed, with at least three more expected

Doha average temperature

Doha confident on climate control Subscription

8 March 2015

Stadiums can be buillt to cope with year-round temperatures

The majority of the labourers working on the GCC’s construction sites come from India and other subcontinent countries

GCC contractors consider bumper Indian budget Subscription

5 March 2015 | By

Competition may subside, but labour costs could increase

Gulf projects index

Middle East contracts awarded: February 2015 Subscription

1 March 2015

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


Qatar turns focus to World Cup Subscription

24 February 2015 | By

Oil prices and overstretched supply chain force difficult decisions


New vision for GCC construction workforce Subscription

22 February 2015 | By Sachin Kerur

Development of a regional policy for hiring workers is under discussion

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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 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 (Qeeri) Sidra Medical & Research Center Construction 2,500
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 Light Rail 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 Q4 2014 Top 100 Projects report
Source: MEED Projects; Data compiled: April 2015; All projects are in construction

Project awards


Egis wins Qatar projects Subscription

26 March 2015 | By

French firm to consult on wastewater site causing serious environmental problems


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

Joint venture wins Lusail contract

Joint venture wins Lusail contract Subscription

10 March 2015 | By

Malaysian contractor awarded latest infrastructure deal

Offshore platform

Qatar Petroleum awards McDermott offshore contract Subscription

9 March 2015 | By

US contractor to install offshore structures at the North Field in 2016

Kindergarten schools

Ashghal awards six school contracts Subscription

26 February 2015 | By

Qatar’s Public Works Authority presses ahead with social infrastructure

Doha metro station

Qatar awards metro contract Subscription

22 February 2015 | By

Joint venture awarded project management contract for Doha Metro

Projects trends

Gulf projects index

Saudi Arabia leads Gulf index rise Subscription

27 April 2015

Kingdom recovers lost ground on projects value, while most other markets struggle

Gulf projects index

Gulf index sees biggest fall in months Subscription

21 April 2015

Only three countries post expansions in value

Gulf projects index

Bahrain makes biggest gains Subscription

14 April 2015

Iran and Qatar also expand, but fail to lift Gulf Projects Index

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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


Desalination plant

Qatar cancels Ras Laffan water project Subscription

26 April 2015 | By

Project stopped as a result of Doha scaling back industrial projects pipeline

Khalifa International Stadium in Qatar

European lawmakers urge Fifa to hold Qatar re-vote Subscription

23 April 2015 | By

Awarded process was “fundamentally undermined by illegality”, according to European parliamentary council

LNG carrier

Qatar exports LNG to the US Subscription

23 April 2015 | By

Shipment will be redistributed to other markets

Steel industry

Middle East steel production rose in March Subscription

22 April 2015 | By

Marginal increase driven by higher output in the UAE and Saudi Arabia

Mena project finance volumes

Project finance deals rise in first quarter Subscription

21 April 2015 | By

Increase is not a sign of an improving market, bankers say

Europe was the main beneficiary, receiving $10.2bn of commercial real estate investment from the Middle East

Fall in Middle East outwards property investment Subscription

15 April 2015 | By

GCC fails to capture global real estate inflows

Qatar National Bank headquarters

Qatar National Bank reports profits growth Subscription

9 April 2015 | By

Profits in Q1 2015 up 10 per cent compared to last year

Qatar finance

Qatar First Bank reports profit rise Subscription

6 April 2015 | By

Qatari banking sector set for growth

Qatar real GDP growth

Qatar’s economy grows by 6.2 per cent Subscription

6 April 2015 | By

Project spending drives growth

Hospital construction

Qatar could turn to PPP to support infrastructure Subscription

6 April 2015 | By

Private sector will need to step up as budget deficit looms

Australia's Trade & Investment Minister Andrew Robb will arrive with a trade delegation to the GCC on 12 April

Australia pushes for GCC trade deal Subscription

2 April 2015 | By

Trade & Investment Minister to arrive in Dubai for talks

GCC transport projects

Firms compete for Doha airport expansion Subscription

1 April 2015 | By

Qatar’s new international airport opened in 2014

Qatar oil and gas contracts

Qatar upstream projects in jeopardy Subscription

31 March 2015 | By

Two major schemes could be scuppered by lower oil prices

Stadium being constructed in Qatar

Qatar has rating affirmed by S&P Subscription

29 March 2015 | By

Spending plans maintain Qatar’s rating at AA/A-1+

An armed man walks on the rubble of houses destroyed by an air strike near Sanaa airport on 26 March. Saudi Arabia and Gulf region allies have launched military operations including air strikes in Yemen

Saudi allies deploy warplanes against Yemen’s Houthis Subscription

26 March 2015 | By

UAE, Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar and Jordan commit 76 fighter jets


Egis wins Qatar projects Subscription

26 March 2015 | By

French firm to consult on wastewater site causing serious environmental problems


French firm awarded Doha design contract Subscription

25 March 2015 | By

Design contract awarded for work on Um Alhoul economic zone

Steel production

Steel production up 7 per cent in February Subscription

23 March 2015 | By

Iran and Saudi Arabia’s steel output help boost Middle East steel sector

Yousef AlHorr, Gulf Organisation for Research and Development

World Cup stadiums to conform to green standards Subscription

22 March 2015 | By

Metro stations, stadiums and government buildings must hit minimum sustainability standards

Al-Rayyan Stadium (expansion)

Contractors express interest in Qatar stadium Subscription

22 March 2015 | By

Al-Rayyan stadium will have 40,000 seats

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