Samman said that Arabs read more news on the internet compared with others, stressing that 260 million are globally digitally active. Samman said social media account memberships have increased by 20-30 percent in the Arab world in the last two years, adding that the UAE has the highest penetration of online purchasees which is 12 per cent compared with a world average of 20 per cent. In 2006-2011, the number of internet users increased to a great extent.
This is reflected by the high percentage of Youtube playbacks in the Arab world compared with the rest of the world. Eight-five percent of internet users in Saudi Arabia use YouTube, 83 percent in the UAE and 74 percent in Egypt. The overall figure for YouTube users in the Mena is 167 million.
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