Facebook in the Arab Region

The Arab Social Media Report Series provides an overview of Facebook users in the Arab World. As such, the number of Facebook users in all 22 Arab countries, in addition to Iran, Israel and Turkey, are collected periodically (since April 2010 to date). These are the key findings from the latest report:


• The total number of Facebook users in the Arab world as of
beginning of May 2014 is 81,302,064 up from 54,552,875 in May 2013.

• By May 2014 the country average for Facebook penetration
in the Arab region was over 21.5% up from 15% in May 2013

• The percentage of female users has dipped slightly (from 33.4%
in May 2013, to 31.75% in May 2014), after having fluctuated slightly between
33.4% and 34% in the past two years. This is still significantly lower than the
global average of roughly 50%

• The percentage of youth (those under 30) has decreased
slightly due to slow and steady uptake amongst users aged 30 and above. As of
May 2014 the percentage of users between 15 and 29 years old was 67%.

• In terms of Facebook penetration rate in the region, Qatar
now leads in the Arab region, followed by the UAE, with Jordan, Lebanon, and
Bahrain rounding out the top five countries in terms of Facebook penetration.

• Egypt continues to constitute about a quarter of all
Facebook users in the region (24%) and has gained the highest number of new
Facebook users since January 2014, with an increase of over 2.6 million users
in that time period

* Facebook data for Turkey is only available from January 2011 onwards

**2010-2014 populations are from United Nations ILO Department of Statistics, http://laborsta.ilo.org/, for all Arab countries. with the exception of GCC countries in the first half of 2011,
where official numbers from the National Statistics Offices where used. The
discrepancy between these numbers and ILO numbers previously used in 2010
caused a drop in penetration rates in the GCC countries in the first half of
2011. The ILO Department of Statistics has since adopted these official
GCC population numbers.

*** Due to US technology sanctions, no demographic or gender data is available for Syria and Sudan.

* The dynamic data presented below
is based on the fifth edition of the ASMR and will be updated soon. For the
latest data, you can download the sixth edition of the ASMR from the news item
on the home page.