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Human Development in the Middle East

(1995 - Present)

To read the full Human Development Index for 2015, please click here.

The Human Development Index (HDI) is an independent publication commissioned by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) as an important tool for raising awareness about human development around the world.

The HDI is a composite statistic of life expectancy, education, and income indices used to rank countries into four tiers of human development -
very high development, high development, medium development and low development.

The following chart ranks the Middle East:
Country
1995
2000
2005
2010
2015
Algeria
85 (Medium)
107 (Medium)
103 (Medium)
84 (High)
83 (High)
Bahrain
44 (High)
41 (High)
43 (High)
39 (Very High)
45 (Very High)
Egypt
107 (Medium)
119 (Medium)
119 (Medium)
101 (Medium)
108 (Medium)
Iran
70 (Medium)
97 (Medium)
99 (Medium)
70 (High)
69 (High)
Iraq
106 (Medium)
126 (Medium)
--
--
121 (Medium)
Israel
21 (Very High)
23 (High)
23 (Very High)
15 (Very High)
18 (Very High)
Jordan
80 (Medium)
92 (Medium)
90 (Medium)
82 (High)
80 (High)
Kuwait
61 (High)
36 (High)
44 (High)
47 (High)
48 (Very High)
Lebanon
101 (Medium)
82 (Medium)
--
--
67 (High)
Libya
73 (Medium)
72 (Medium)
81 (Medium)
53 (High)
94 (High)
Morocco
117 (Medium)
124 (Medium)
124 (Medium)
114 (Medium)
126 (Medium)
Oman
91 (Medium)
86 (Medium)
71 (Medium)
--
52 (High)
Qatar
56 (High)
42 (High)
40 (High)
38 (Very High)
32 (Very High)
Saudi Arabia
76 (Medium)
75 (Medium)
77 (Medium)
55 (High)
39 (Very High)
Syria
78 (Medium)
111 (Medium)
106 (Medium)
111 (Medium)
134 (Medium)
Tunisia
75 (Medium)
101 (Medium)
89 (Medium)
81 (High)
96 (High)
United Arab Emirates
45 (High)
45 (High)
41 (High)
32 (Very High)
41 (Very High)
Yemen
137 (Low)
148 (Low)
151 (Low)
133 (Low)
160 (Low)

Sources: United Nations Development Programme