Twitter in the Middle East: top stats and stories from 2015

This is the fourth in a series of ten short extracts from my 2015 round-up: Social Media in the Middle East: The Story of 2015 (also available on ScribdSlideShare and + the UNESCO Media Literacy Portal).

  • Saudi Arabia and UAE continue to dominate MENA’s Twitter market (53% and 51% of SM users in those countries have an account). Usage is lowest in Libya (12%) and Syria (14%), TNS discovered.


  • But, daily usage is highest in Jordan, Libya, Palestine and Syria; and lowest in Saudi Arabia the same survey found; suggesting that despite lower Twitter penetration, users are more active.


  • 45% of Twitter users are aged 18-24. Only a quarter (25%) are aged 45+, Northwestern University in Qatar noted in their latest media usage study.


  • Saudi’s Prince Alwaleed bin Talal attracted criticism[i] after seeming to tweet an offer of a Bentley to each of the 100 Saudi pilots who took part in airstrikes in Yemen.[ii] The tweet is now deleted.[iii]


Figure: Percentage of Twitter users who access it daily per country (TNS)





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