Internet usage in the Arab world – June 2010

A recent report by Nielsen Online revealed the Internet penetration numbers in the Arab region. The numbers are an eye opener on who the heavyweights in the region are, and where Arab startups (or international companies targetting the region) should be investing.

(The report defined an Internet user one that accessed the Internet once at least in the last 30 days.)

Rank Country Internet users % of population
1 Egypt 17,060,000 21.2%
2 Morocco 10,442,500 33%
3 Saudi Arabia 9,800,000 38%
4 Algeria 4,700,000 13.6%
5 Sudan 4,200,000 10%
6 Syria 3,935,500 17.7%
7 United Arab Emirates 3,777,900 75%
8 Tunisia 3,600,000 34%
9 Jordan 1,741,900 24.2%
10 Oman 1,236,700 41%
11 Kuwait 1,100,000 39.4%
12 Lebanon 1,000,000 24.2%
13 Bahrain 649,300 88%
14 Qatar 436,000 51.8%
15 Yemen 420,000 1.8%
16 Libya 353,900 5.5%
17 Iraq 325,000 1.1%

What the report doesn’t address is the online payment capabilities in each of those countries. Internet access with the no commerce capabilities can only encourage consumption websites (news, brochures, blogs, …) with limited monetization potential, rather than full-fledged online services, and the numbers above only tell one part of the story.

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