Year over year, the value of Mideast exports sank -40.5% from 2014 to 2015. Middle Eastern exports represent an estimated 5.3% of global exports from all countries.
Based on statistics from the International Monetary Fund’s World Economic Outlook Database, the total Gross Domestic Product for Middle Eastern countries amounted to roughly $7.875 trillion in 2015. GDP metrics for Syria and Palestine were not available from International Monetary Fund data and are therefore excluded.
Exports accounted for roughly 10% of the Middle East’s total economic output in 2015.
Given the Middle East’s population of about 411.6 million people, the total $868.9 billion in 2015 Middle Eastern exports translates to around $2,100 per person in the Mideast.
Please note that Turkey and Egypt have been included with other Middle East countries for the purpose of this analysis. Elsewhere on this site, Turkey is grouped with Asian nations while Egypt is listed under Africa.
Top Middle Eastern Export Countries
Below are Middle Eastern export countries presented in the order of highest dollar value for 2015 global shipments. Also shown is each country’s overall share of Middle Eastern exports.
|Rank||Exporter||2015 Mideast Exports||% Mideast Total|
|1.||Saudi Arabia||US$213.4 bllion||24.6%|
|2.||United Arab Emirates||$145.4 billion||16.7%|
|15.||Syrian Arab Republic||$448.8 million||0.1%|
The only Mideast nation to boost the value of its exports was Turkey, up by 6.7% from 2011 to 2015.
Syria led the decliners with a -94.4% deterioration followed by Palestine (down -85%), Yemen (down -71.9%) and Iran (-58.5%).
See also Saudi Arabia’s Top 10 Exports and Turkey’s Top 10 Exports
International Monetary Fund, World Economic Outlook Database (GDP based on Purchasing Power Parity). Accessed on May 14, 2016
The World Factbook, Field Listing: Exports
Wikipedia, List of Middle East countries by population. Accessed on May 14, 2016
Trade Map, International Trade Centre, www.intracen.org/marketanalysis. Accessed on May 14, 2016