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March 24, 2010 / Samer Baydoun

Statistics of Internet Usage in the Arab World (MENA Region)

For whom having questions like “what are the number of internet users in the Arab world”, “Who is the biggest online market in the MENA region?”, I tried to find answers. I collected the following information from the Internet World Stats website.

List of Internet Usage  statistics in the Arabic Countries

Here is a list of the Arabic countries with their internet usage statistics ordered from the highest usage to the lowest (by the latest data):

Population (2009 Est.) Usage, in Dec/2000 Internet Usage, Latest Data (2009) % Population (Penetration) User Growth (2000-2009) (%) of Table
1 Egypt 78,866,635 450,000 12,568,900 15.9% 2693.1% 18.7%
2 Morocco 31,285,174 100,000 10,300,000 32.9% 10200.0% 15.3%
3 Saudi Arabia 28,686,633 200,000 7,700,000 26.8% 3750.0% 13.4%
4 Sudan 41,087,825 30,000 4,200,000 10.2% 13900.0% 6.2%
5 Algeria 34,178,188 50,000 4,100,000 12.0% 8100.0% 6.1%
6 Syria 21,762,978 30,000 3,565,000 16.4% 11783.3% 6.2%
7 United Arab Emirates 4,798,491 735,000 2,922,000 60.9% 297.6% 5.1%
8 Tunisia 10,486,339 100,000 2,800,000 26.7% 2700.0% 4.2%
9 Jordan 6,269,285 127,300 1,500,500 23.9% 1078.7% 2.6%
10 Kuwait 2,692,526 150,000 1,000,000 37.1% 566.7% 1.7%
11 Lebanon 4,017,095 300,000 945,000 23.5% 215.0% 1.6%
12 Oman 3,418,085 90,000 465,000 13.6% 416.7% 0.8%
13 Qatar 833,285 30,000 436,000 52.3% 1353.3% 0.8%
14 Bahrain 728,709 40,000 402,900 55.3% 907.3% 0.7%
15 Yemen 22,858,238 15,000 370,000 1.6% 2366.7% 0.6%
16 Palestine(West Bk.) 2,461,267 35,000 355,500 14.4% 915.7% 0.6%
17 Libya 6,324,357 10,000 323,000 5.1% 3130.0% 0.5%
18 Iraq 28,945,569 12,500 300,000 1.0% 2300.0% 0.5%
19 Eritrea 5,647,168 5,000 200,000 3.5% 3900.0% 0.3%
20 Somalia 9,832,017 200 102,000 1.0% 50900.0% 0.2%
21 Mauritania 3,129,486 5,000 60,000 1.9% 1100.0% 0.1%
22 Gaza Strip 1,551,859 n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a
TOTAL 349,861,209 2,515,000 54,615,800 20.8% 5836.9%

The biggest Market

Egypt’s Internet users are the highest number with 12,568,900 users which is 18.7% of the total Arab Internet users, followed by Morocco and Saudi Arabia.

Statistics of internet usage in Arab world - Arabic users number

Statistics of internet usage in Arab world - Arabic users number

Internet Usage Penetration

The following chart shows that the UAE has the highest percentage of population in using Internet, followed by Bahrain and Qatar:

Statistics of internet users nubmers penetration in Arab countries (percentage of population)

Statistics of internet users numbers penetration in Arab countries (percentage of population)

The highest growth online

Even being at the bottom of the Penetration list, Somalia has the highest growth by achieving 50,900% (from 200 users to 100,000 in about 9 years), followed by Sudan and Syria:

Statistics of Internet usage growth in Arab countries

Statistics of Internet usage growth in Arab countries

Still wondering how much these numbers are accurate, but it may give an overview of the situation in our Arab world.

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4 Comments

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  1. Waleed / Apr 12 2010 5:34 pm

    also find the below information about the internet usage between Egypt and African countries and some important compression

    http://blog.flair-systems.com/2010/03/internet-users-as-percentage-of.html

  2. montageb / Oct 23 2010 3:37 pm

    thank u Samer Baydoun 4 this informations

  3. eli d. / Oct 27 2011 1:01 pm

    dear samer there is a little mistake in the title it is development and not developEment.
    regards

    • Samer Baydoun / Oct 27 2011 11:49 pm

      Thanks a lot Eli, I just fixed it.

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