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THE MIDDLE EAST IS A CRUCIAL AREA IN TERMS OF DIGITAL DEVELOPMENT,
BETWEEN STRONG CHALLENGES AND RAPIDLY GROWING FIGURES.

 

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 FacebookTwitter 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.

 

Social Networks

  • CloobCloob
    The most popular social network in Iran

  • Mehr.irMehr.ir
    Video-sharing plaftform from Iran (approved by the government)

  • NetlogNetlog
    Belgian social network, popular among a young target in Saudi Arabia

  • Mig33Mig33
    Social entertainment platform from Singapore. It has 65 million users, mainly from Indonesia, Middle East and Africa

  • Walla!Walla!
    A popular search engine and web-portal in Israel

  • yabhath.comyabhath.com
    Arabic search engine

  • MaktoobMaktoob
    A search engine from Jordan, acquired by Yahoo!

Resources

BLOGS TO FOLLOW

Wamda

Blog about innovation, startup, and tech in the MENA region

Digital Quatar

Quatar’s technology, social media and digital marketing hotspot

Ethos Interact

Digital Marketing and Advertising Insights in the MENA region

Discover Digital Arabia

Jordan-Based social media and digital-related web resource, with statistics and infographics

Your Middle East

Grassroots new and insights from Middle East and North Africa

Monitera

Blog monitoring Internet and social media usage in Turkey

ARTICLES

The Next Web // The startup scene in Jordan (January 2013)

Wamda // Palestine gets its first startup accelerator (January 2013)

Digital Quatar // Understanding the Arab digital generation (January 2013)

The National // UAE and social media: dangers out in the open (March 2013)

WAMDA // 13 stats about Internet usage in the Middle East (March 2013)

SLIDES AND INFOGRAPHICS

Go-Gulf // Smartphone users in the Middle East (October 2013)

Go-Gulf // Internet usage in the Middle East (August 2013)

Go-gulf // E-commerce in the Middle East (May 2013)

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