The Arab World Online
Fig. 1. The Arab World Online. Courtesy of the Dubai School of Government.

The Dubai School of Government in cooperation with the online recruitment website released its white paper The Arab World Online: Trends in Internet Usage in the Arab Region, co-authored by Sara Alshaer and Fadi Salem. The report is based on a survey conducted with residents from 22 countries in March 2013.

From the report's introduction:

Over the past 15 years, the Arab region has witnessed major technology-led transformations which changed the norms of doing business, practicing governance and carrying out development efforts in the region.

With more than 125 million individuals using the Internet in the Arab region, and more than 53 million actively using social networking technologies, the DSG Governance and Innovation Program in partnership with conducted a regional survey to examine internet usage trends in the Arab region.

This white paper examines trends across four dimensions: 1. Access to the internet and internet-enabled devices, 2. Quality and quantity of time spent online, 3. Frequency of internet usage, 4. Attitudes and trends toward social media.

About the survey that was conducted for this report:

The results reported in this white paper are based on a regional survey administered by the Governance and Innovation Program in collaboration with, targeting residents of 22 Arab countries. The survey fielding was conducted in March 2013 with respondents numbered at 3373. Responses were received from all countries in the Arab region (Algeria, Bahrain, Comoros, Djibouti, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Mauritania, Morocco, Oman, Palestine, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, UAE, Yemen). The sample consisted primarily of internet users as it was administered via an online survey. 76% of the sample was male and 48% of the sample was between the age of 15-29. Countries most represented in the sample size are Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Algeria, the UAE and Morocco. 

This white paper reports the answers from a selected number of questions which are part of a larger survey. The response rate to this survey was 50.4% with 6694 people having started the survey at the time of cut off.

The full report is available for PDF download on website.