Social media use in the Middle East has reached its peak, especially in countries such as the UAE. which recorded the highest social media penetration ever estimated at 99% in 2018. Saudi Arabia also recorded the highest year-over-year growth in the number of social media users with a rate of 32%. All these indicators and more reflect the vital role of social media in Middle Eastern life.
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Cast a quick glance at the state of social media use across the MENA region:
Social Media Usage and Statistics in KSA, UAE, and Egypt:
- Egypt has the highest number of Facebook active users (35m), followed by KSA (11m), and then UAE (8.5m).
- KSA has the highest number of Instagram, Twitter and Snapchat active users (12m, 11M, and 14M, respectively).
- Males dominate the use of all social media platforms in the three surveyed countries. Except in the KSA where Snapchat female active users are more than males (6.5m versus 5.5m).
A Graph Show the Demographics of Instagram Users and Twitter Users in KSA 2018
Now, it’s the time for social media usage across some industries within the MENA region:
Social Media Insights for Fintech Companies in the Middle East:
- There are more than 53K of active people who engaged with Fintech companies’ social accounts on social media. With a total of 30.98% engagement rate.
- KSA has the highest Fintech buzz on social media estimated at 25.67%, higher than the USA (14.26%).
- Twitter is the most used platform in the Fintech industry with a rate of 79.68%.
- The majority of users in Egypt, Jordan, and KSA used Arabic to publish their content and tweets about Fintech services. Meanwhile, 81% of activities in the UAE were published in English.
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Social Media Insights for Automotive Companies in the Middle East:
- 222,160K is the number of active people engaged with automotive social media accounts in the Middle East, with a total of 37% engagement rate.
- Turkey had the majority of content published in English with a rate of 91.6%, followed by Egypt (72.8%), and UAE (63.6%).
- Instagram is the main social media platform used by the automotive industry in the Middle East with a rate of 89.85%.
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Social Media Insights for E-commerce Companies in the Middle East:
- There are almost 509K of active people in the Middle East who engaged with e-commerce companies’ social accounts on social media with a total of 24.35% engagement rate.
- Business accounts hold the majority of e-commerce content across all middle east countries. Highest participation is in UAE (67%), Egypt (55%) and KSA (54%).
- Arabic dominated the content of all countries, except the UAE which had 59% of its e-commerce content published in English.
- Instagram is the most used social media platform by the e-commerce industry in the Middle East with a rate of 77%.
A Graph Shows the Top Social Media Platforms Used by E-Commerce Industry in the Middle East in 2018
Don’t Forget to Check: The 2019 State of Social Media in the MENA Region
Data in this report is based on in-depth analytics for social media across 8 industries within the MENA region. (Fintech, e-commerce, automotive, media, telecommunication, banking, finance, and ride-hailing).
The analysis is based on companies’ social accounts, plus Queries that crawled all online posts and activities related to the industry surveyed in the middle east.