Top Middle Eastern Export Countries

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Exports from the Middle East were worth US$868.9 billion in 2015, down -22.1% since 2011 when shipments for the Middle East aggregation totaled $1.115 trillion.

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.

RankExporter2015 Mideast Exports% Mideast Total
1.Saudi ArabiaUS$213.4 bllion24.6%
2. United Arab Emirates$145.4 billion16.7%
3. Turkey$143.9 billion16.6%
4. Qatar$78 billion9%
5. Israel$64.1 billion7.4%
6. Kuwait$55.2 billion6.3%
7. Iraq$52.9 billion6.1%
8. Iran$37.9 billion4.4%
9. Oman$31.9 billion3.7%
10. Egypt$20.1 billion2.3%
11. Bahrain$13.7 billion1.6%
12. Jordan$7.9 billion0.9%
13. Lebanon$2 billion0.2%
14. Yemen$1.9 billion0.2%
15. Syrian Arab Republic$448.8 million0.1%
16. Palestine$111.5 million0.01%

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

Research Sources:
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, Accessed on May 14, 2016