Spotify launches in the Middle East and North Africa

Spotify has been unofficially available in the Middle East for several years via accounts usually registered in other markets such as Europe. (Reuters)
Updated 14 November 2018

Spotify launches in the Middle East and North Africa

  • Services would now be available in 13 Arab markets including Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt
  • Spotify also launched its ‘Arab hub’ collection of playlists of Arab music on Wednesday

DUBAI: Spotify, the world’s most popular paid music streaming service, officially launched in the Middle East and North Africa on Tuesday.
The company said services would now be available in 13 Arab markets, including Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt, and Morocco but not Libya, Iraq, Syria, or Yemen.
Spotify has been unofficially available in the Middle East for several years via accounts usually registered in other markets such as Europe.
Claudius Boller, who previously worked in the region with Universal Music Group, is Spotify’s managing director for the Middle East and Africa.
Boller told Reuters Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Egypt, and Morocco were expected to drive regional growth, pointing to the Middle East’s youthful population and high smartphone penetration.
Spotify will charge per month for its premium service 19.99 riyals ($5.33) in Saudi Arabia, 19.99 dirhams ($5.44) in the UAE, 49.99 Egyptian pounds ($2.8) in Egypt, and $4.99 elsewhere in the Middle East and North Africa. Its free service is also now available in the region.
Spotify also added the Palestinian territories on Tuesday. Its services have been available in Israel since March.
Spotify also launched its ‘Arab hub’ collection of playlists of Arab music on Wednesday.
The Swedish company, founded in 2008, listed on the New York Stock Exchange in April. Before the launch in the Middle East and North Africa, Spotify’s music streaming services were available in 65 markets, according to its website.


Dubai launches region’s first diploma for social media influencers

Updated 21 August 2019

Dubai launches region’s first diploma for social media influencers

  • Starting Sept. 8, the program aims “to expand the professional knowledge of Arab social media influencers"

DUBAI: Dubai has launched the region’s first social media influencers diploma program, the Dubai Press Club announced.

Starting Sept. 8, the six course program has been developed in collaboration with the Mohammed bin Rashid School for Communication (MBRSC), at the American University in Dubai.

It was first announced in October 2018, with an aim “to expand the professional knowledge of Arab social media influencers and enable them to produce innovative and effective content in a rapidly changing environment.”