MidEast Internet: Estimated Installed Base of Internet Users

Estimated Installed Base of Internet Users / Middle East

Internet Users in Arab Countries, as per 2002 statistics.

Rank Country Population Internet Users Percent
1 Saudi Arabia 23,500,000 1,600,000 6.81
2 Egypt 71,000,000 1,500,000 2.11
3 United Arab Emirates 3,250,000 900,000 27.69
4 Morocco 31,000,000 510,000 1.65
5 Algeria 31,500,000 500,000 1.59
6 Lebanon 4,100,000 460,000 11.22
7 Tunisia 10,000,000 460,000 4.60
8 Jordan 5,300,000 320,000 6.04
9 Kuwait 2,300,000 305,000 9.91
10 Syria 19,000,000 200,000 1.05
11 Bahrein 680,000 150,000 22.06
12 Oman 2,700,000 150,000 5.56
13 Libya 5,300,000 125,000 2.36
14 Palestine 3,400,000 103,000 3.03
15 Sudan 34,000,000 70,000 0.21
16 Qatar 790,000 60,000 7.59
17 Yemen 19,100,000 40,000 0.21
18 Iraq 24,100,000 25,000 0.10

Source: FILAD Corporation Market Research Middle East 2002

Thanks to Wolfgang Khalid Al Said Lingott of Ion Media for passing on the information.

Country ISPs Population (Million) Teledensity Internet Users per 1000 Installed Base of Users
Algeria 1 30.8 5 0.1 3,080
Bahrain 1 0.6 25 50 30,000
Djibouti 1 0.6 5 0.1 60
Egypt 18 63.0 5 0.1 6,300
Jordan 6 6.5 7 0.1 650
Kuwait 2 1.8 25 50 90,000
Lebanon 8 3.3 10 10 33,000
Morocco 30 27.8 5 0.1 2,780
Oman 1 2.5 25 50 125,000
Palestine 5 3.5 5 0.1 350
Qatar 1 0.6 25 50 30,000
Saudi Arabia 12 21.0 12 10 210,000
Tunisia 4 0.2 5 0.1 921
U.A.E. 1 2.4 35 50 120,000
Yemen 1 17.4 2 0.1 1,740

Total/Average

 

191.0

13

18.5

653,880

Source: CommsMEA Vol 9 No. 10 (October 1999)


Internet Users in Arab World - March 2000

Country Number of Subscribers Number of Users per Account Total Number of Users
UAE 160,000 2.5 400,000
Saudi Arabia 100,000 3 300,000
Bahrain 15,000 2.5 37,500
Libya 1,500 5 7,500
Sudan 2,000 5 10,000
Qatar 18,000 2.5 45,000
Oman 20,000 2.5 50,000
Kuwait 40,000 2.5 100,000
Egypt 55,000 8 440,000
Yemen 3,000 4 12,000
Lebanon 65,000 3.5 227,500
Syria 4,000 5 20,000
Jordan 25,000 3.5 87,500
Morocco 15,000 3.5 52,500
Tunisia 22,000 5 110,000
Total 545,500 3.5 (total average) 1,899,500

Source: DITnet news article and the table.


Internet Users in the Arab World - 1998 vs. 1999

Rank Country Number of Subscribers   Number of Users 4 Month's Growth
    December 1998 April 1999 April 1999 Dec 1999 to Apr 1999
1 United Arab Emirates 61,200 81,700 204,300 33.5%
2 Lebanon and Syria 30,700 52,900 132,200 72.3%
3 Egypt 36,400 51,800 207,200 42.3%
4 Saudi Arabia 18,700 45,000 112,500 140.6%
5 Kuwait 22,000 25,100 62,800 14.1%
6 Jordan 16,600 20,100 50,300 21.1%
7 Oman 12,700 16,000 40,000 26.0%
8 Tunisia 4,700 6,000 15,000 27.7%
9 Morocco 11,200 14,100 32,500 25.9%
10 Bahrain 11,700 13,000 32,500 11.1%
11 Qatar 8,500 11,000 27,500 29.4%
12 Yemen 2,200 2,500 6,300 13.6%
Total   236,000 338,200 923,100  

Source: Internet Al Alam Al Arabi (Arabic Language Edition), July 1999. Published by Dabbagh Information Technology (DIT).


Original comments:

  1. Figures rounded to nearest 100. Margin for error +/- 5%
  2. Thousands of Syrians subscribe to the Internet via Lebanon, but mostly for E-Mail due to the high cost of international calls.
  3. The figure for Bahrain includes a number of subscribers from Saudi Arabia, prior to the service being available locally in the latter.
  4. Subscriber vs. User: Subscriber means an Account (i.e. User ID and Password) with the ISP. A User is a real person using the internet, with more than one user share a single account. DIT points out that for most of the Arab countries, the ratio is about 2.5 users per account, with the exception of Egypt where it is 4 users per account.

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