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Digital Digest Q3 2014 (English)


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The Digital Digest is Rassed's quarterly round up of Internet and technology developments in the Middle East.

Hot stories in this issue:
_Qatar leads social take-up in MENA
_23% of MENA uses social media for breaking news
_25-34 years oldsdominate Facebook in KSA + UAE
_Singapore users most attached to their mobiles
_MENA’s online gender gap revealed
_Google Street View comes to MENA landmarks

... and many more.

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Digital Digest Q3 2014 (English)

  1. 1. Digital Digest Issue 15 -Q3 2014
  2. 2. Highlights xx Qatar leads social take-up in MENA 197 million Arab Internet users by 2017 Google Street View comes to MENA landmarks 25-34 years olds dominate Facebook in KSA + UAE 23% of MENA uses social media for breaking news MENA’s online gender gap revealed Arabic to be 4th largest online language by 2015 12-15 year olds using mobiles for texting not calls Singapore users most attached to their mobiles Websites and Search Engines popular tools for Govinfo
  3. 3. Social Media
  4. 4. Qatar leads MENA social media penetration Most countries in the MENA region enjoy levels of social media usage at considerably higher levels than the global average. Source: We are Social:
  5. 5. Social Media and Online are key sources for breaking news Social networks come second to TV as the medium people in MENA use to find out about a news story. Source: Spring Tide: The new era for video news in the MENA region Study:
  6. 6. Government websites more popular than their social channels for info Search engines and asking advice from friends, family and colleagues are also common information sources. Source: Arab Social Media Report :
  7. 7. Facebook dominated by 25-34 years olds in MENA Source: GlobalwebIndex 48% of Facebook users in UAE and Saudi Arabia are 25-34 years old. 7 in 10 are male.
  8. 8. Technology
  9. 9. Source: Arab Knowledge Economy Report: 197 million Internet users in Arab World by 2017 Penetration is expected to jump 51% by 2017. With a 67% increase in the GCC. Internet Users, Distribution and Growth in the GCC 2012-2017 Example Countries 2012Internet Penetration Penetration (end2012) 2011-2012 Growth 2017 predicted InternetUsers Bahrain 799,521 65.66 % 11.68 % 1,174,759 Qatar 1,008,850 54.93 % 18.00% 1,777,938 UAE 5,169,280 57.20 % 13.00 % 8,325,177 KSA 15,800,000 53.39 % 16.18 % 23,215,384 Kuwait 2,268,470 59.33 % 22.40 % 3,333,127 Oman 1,353,318 35.89 % 18.00 % 2,385,009 Sub-Total 26,399,439 53.57 % 16.06 % 40,211,394
  10. 10. 360-degree panoramic images of Egyptian landmarks: The Pyramids of Giza, the Sphinx, theHanging Church,and the medievalCairo Citadelnow online. Google Street View inside MENA landmarks Source: Click here to see the panoramic image of the Pyramidsand the Citadel Google Street View comes to new MENA landmarks
  11. 11. Source: MENA has the second highest online gender gap MENA comes second after Sub-Saharan Africa in % of females accessing the Internet versus males.
  12. 12. Digital Content
  13. 13. Arabic expected to be fourth largest online language by 2015 The Wall Street Journal reported: “Over the past 10 years, growth in Arabic-language online usage has grown by 2,500%... By the end of 2015 Arabic is expected to be the fourth-largest language group online… with some 150 million users (currently around 72 million).” Image Source: Wall Street Journal:
  14. 14. New Arabic multiplayer online game launched A new portal for multiplayer online games has launched, offering content in Arabic for desktop and mobile gamers. Source:
  15. 15. Amongst Arab countries, Saudi Arabia has the highest gender gap use of e-commerce (15.1%). Egypt has the lowest gap (1%). Source: The Broadband Commission Working Group Report: e-Commerce gender gap reaches 15% in KSA
  16. 16. Expected 600% rise in data produced by the MENA region (3.8%) of total digital universe= 249 exabytes (4.2%) of total digital universe= 1,835 exabytes The amount of data produced annually in the MENA region will grow 600% by 2020 due to social, mobile, sensors and Smart City initiatives. Source: Gulfnews
  17. 17. Global Stories
  18. 18. In the UK: 12-15 year olds use mobiles for text, not calls Source: Ofcom: Image: Only 3% of this age group use the phone for voice calls. 94% of youngster chatter is text-based i.e. IMs and social networking. Only 2% e-mail using mobiles.
  19. 19. Vine most popular in USA Source: GlobalwebIndex: The USA has the highest market for Vine, amongst Internet users (9%) and teens (25%). Turkey comes second in adult usage. With Canada holding this position with teens.
  20. 20. Singapore smartphone users most attached to their device 44% use their phones as an alarm clock to wake up An average of 79 % check their phones within 15 min of first waking up A survey by Tolunarevealed in 5 selected countries: Source: eMarketer.: Image:
  21. 21. 1 billion YouTube views a month 40% views via mobile YouTube now attracts more than 1 billion viewers a month. Consumers watch over 6 billion hours of video. Image: The Guardian: The Guardian:
  22. 22. Disclaimer: All content in these slides is in the public domain and referenced so that you can read the original sources. Contact Us: Twitter: @ictqatar Thanks for reading Visit our SlideShare channel for previous issues and our monthly Tech Top 10: