Top Middle Eastern Export Countries

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Exports from countries in the Middle East totaled US$919.1 billion for 2017.

That dollar amount reflects a -8.2% decline since 2013 when shipments for the Middle East aggregation totaled $1.442 trillion. Year over year, the value of exports from the Middle East appreciated by 8.8% from 2016 to 2017.

Mideast exports represent an estimated 5.3% of total global exports from all countries during 2017.

Based on statistics from the International Monetary Fund’s World Economic Outlook Database, the total Gross Domestic Product for Middle Eastern countries amounted to an estimated $9.615 trillion in 2017. Therefore, exported products accounted for roughly 9.6% of the Middle East’s total economic output for 2017.

Given the Middle East’s population of about 406.5 million people, the total $919.1 billion in 2017 Middle Eastern exports translates to approximately $2,300 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. This is due to the fact that, in accordance with our World Trade Organization statistical sources, 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 2017 global shipments. Also shown is each country’s overall share of Middle Eastern exports.

RankExporter2017 Exports% Mideast TotalSince 2013
1.Saudi Arabia$220.1 million23.9%-41.4%
2.United Arab Emirates$162.6 million17.7%-57.2%
3.Turkey$157.1 million17.1%3.5%
4.Iraq$64.6 billion7%2.9%
5.Iran$62.7 billion6.8%-31.9%
6.Israel$60.9 billion6.6%-8.8%
7.Qatar$60.7 billion6.6%-55.6%
8.Kuwait$54.8 billion6%-52%
9.Oman$28.9 billion3.1%-47.8%
10.Egypt$25.9 billion2.8%-9.9%
11.Bahrain$7.5 billion0.8%-62.4%
12.Jordan$7.5 billion0.8%-5.7%
13.Lebanon$3.3 billion0.4%-16.5%
14.Yemen$1.7 billion0.2%-76.5%
15.Syria$686.4 million0.1%-54.2%
16.Palestine$103.7 million0.01%-88.5%

Only two Mideast nations increased the value of their exports from 2016 to 2017, specifically Turkey (up 3.5%) and Iraq (up 2.9%).

Palestine led the decliners over the latest 5-year period via its -88.5% deterioration. The second-most severe decliner was Yemen (down -76.5%) trailed by Bahrain (down -62.4%), United Arab Emirates (down -57.2%), Qatar (down -55.6%), Syria (down -54.2%) and Kuwait (down -52%).

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 June 6, 2018

The World Factbook, Field Listing: Exports

The World Factbook, Middle East: Syria, Economy: GDP (purchasing power parity)

Wikipedia, List of Middle East countries by population. Accessed on June 6, 2018

Trade Map, International Trade Centre, Accessed on June 6, 2018