Top Middle Eastern Export Countries

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Exports from countries in the Middle East totaled US$1.111 trillion for 2017. That dollar amount reflects a -22.9% decline since 2013 when shipments for the Middle East aggregation totaled an estimated $1.442 trillion. Year over year, the value of exports from the Middle East appreciated by 12.3% from 2016 to 2017.

In comparison, global exports from all countries worldwide equaled $17.585 trillion in 2017, falling -6.9% in value since 2013 but appreciating by 10.7% after 2016. For further perspective, consider that Mideast exports represent an estimated 6.3% 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 11.6% of the Middle East’s total economic output for 2017.

Given the Middle East’s population of about 406.5 million people, the total $1.111 trillion in 2017 Middle Eastern exports translates to approximately $2,700 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.United Arab Emirates$308.5 million27.8%-18.7%
2.Saudi Arabia$220.1 billion19.8%-41.4%
3.Turkey$157.1 billion14.1%+3.5%
4.Iran$105.8 billion9.5%+14.9%
6.Qatar$63.7 billion5.7%-53.5%
7.Kuwait$54.8 billion4.9%-52%
8.Israel$53.8 million4.8%-19.5%
9.Oman$28.9 billion2.6%-47.8%
10.Egypt$25.9 billion2.3%-9.9%
11.Bahrain$9.9 million0.9%-50.5%
12.Jordan$7.5 billion0.7%-5.7%
13.Lebanon$3.3 million0.3%-16.5%
14.Yemen$2.2 billion0.2%-69.8%
15.Syria$771.6 million0.1%-48.6%
16.Palestine$130.7 million0.01%-85.5%

The fastest-growing Mideast exporters from 2016 to 2017 were Yemen (up 125.9%), Iraq (up 39.6%), Iran (up 27.3%), Saudi Arabia (up 23%) then Kuwait (up 18.5%).

There were five decliners year over year namely Palestine (down -85.9%), Bahrain (down -23%), Israel (down -19.5%), Syria (down -5%) and Jordan (down -0.5%).

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 June 6, 2018

The World Factbook, Field Listing: Exports

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

Trade Map, International Trade Centre, Accessed on November 23, 2018

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