Egypt dominates Arab world’s Facebook users, UAE leads on per capita basis

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Egyptian protestors hold placard which thanks Facebook for enabling the protestors raise their voice. Photo – Richard Engel/NBC

The Arab world had a total of 45.2 million Facebook users at the end of June 2012 with Egyptians making up a quarter of total social network users, a report published on Wednesday said.

According to statistics from the Arab Social Media Report (ASMR), Egypt has a total of 11.3 million Facebook users, with 1.6 million new accounts created between January and June 2012, making it the Arab world’s largest nation by population, also the region’s biggest user of the popular social networking site.

The Arab Social Media Report was produced by the Dubai School of Government’s Governance and Innovation Programme.

The report said around 29.8 million users were registered with Facebook in June 2011. However, the number of the social network subscribers shot up 50% in January this year and reached 37.4 million.

The report disclosed the number of Arab world Facebook users roughly tripled in the last two years, from 16 million in mid-2010 to 45 million this summer.

Younger Arabs – aged between 15 and 29 years – make up about 70% of total Facebook users, a proportion that has held relatively steady.

The Gulf Cooperation Council states dominate the per capita users of Facebook in the Arab world, the report said with the United Arab Emirates coming on top, followed by Kuwait and Qatar. Lebanon and Jordan are close behind.

The report also revealed the growing use of Twitter, another popular social media tool.It also put the number of active Twitter Arab world users at the end of June 2012 at 2,099,706. The region generated over 172.5 million tweets in March, the Arab Social Media Report (ASMR) said.

Statistics suggest the region publishes around 5.75 million tweets per day, equivalent to 3,993 a minute, or 67 tweets every second.

The Arab world’s political uprisings have been the main focus of Twitter discussions, the report claimed.

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