THE MIDDLE EAST IS A CRUCIAL AREA IN TERMS OF DIGITAL DEVELOPMENT,
BETWEEN STRONG CHALLENGES AND RAPIDLY GROWING FIGURES.
A quick look: the digital state of the art in the Middle East
Internet users in Middle East countries are over 90 million, about 40% of the total population. Internet population in the area:
• Turkey – 36 million Internet users (local blocks are active).
• Iran – 25 million Internet users (local blocks are active).
• Saudi Arabia – 12.5 million Internet users.
• United Arab Emirates – 6 million Internet users.
• Qatar, Kuwait & Barhain – 3.7 million Internet users
• Israel – 5.5 million Internet users.
• Lebanon – 2.7 million Internet users.
• Syria – 5.2 million Internet users.
• Jordan – 2.6 million Internet users.
• Yemen and Oman – 6 million Internet users.
• Iraq – 2 million Internet users.
Over the recent years social media usage in the area skyrocketed – with global players such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram – leading to the rise of a strong digital scenario with peculiar usage patterns.
Saudi Arabia and UAE show a heavy Facebook penetration, with users being 65% male and 35% female.
In Iran, due to the government block, most of the Netizens cannot connect to main global social networks, and a series of local platforms are widely used.
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