Spotify Launches in The Middle East

By Team GQ Middle East
14 November 2018
Spotify, Middle East
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Rumours that the music streaming service will be rolled out in the regime have finally come true

Music lovers rejoice.

Spotify, the world’s biggest music streaming subscription service has officially launched in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), offering a revolutionary and unrivalled fully Arabic music experience tuned to your personal taste.

The news will be music to the ears of fans who have had to wait years for the service to launch in the region. For many who have attempted to register in the past, no more demands for US addresses, no more using UK credit cards.

Many Spotify users living in the Middle East have continued using old accounts, but now they can get the full service for free.

Spotify also hope that the service will cut down on music piracy in the region.

The new markets launching today are the UAE, KSA, Morocco, Egypt, Algeria, Tunisia, Lebanon, Jordan, Kuwait, Oman, Bahrain and Palestine.


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With a worldwide community of over 191 million subscribers, Spotify offers users the choice of a free ad-supported service, or an ad-free Premium subscription service. The service will be available for free forever, or alternatively users can upgrade to Spotify Premium with monthly rates.

Spotify allows users to browse, discover, curate playlists, build their own music collection and share music with friends. With a catalogue of over 40 million songs and over three billion playlists all available to both free users and Premium subscribers, Spotify comes to MENA offering the very best in both local and international music.

“I am super excited to share with you that, from today, Spotify is now available across the Middle East and North Africa,” said Cecilia Qvist, Spotify’s Global Head of Markets. “Spotify is launching in MENA with a full Arabic service, dozens of locally-curated playlists for every mood and moment, and access to a full catalog of millions of songs, for both our free and premium users. Music fans will also enjoy Spotify’s personalised music recommendations from day one, which will help them to enjoy, discover and share new music from both local and international artists simply and easily.”


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Users across MENA have instant access to a wide range of local playlists expertly curated and regularly updated by Spotif’s team of music experts, including Today’s Top Arabic Hits, Oriental Chill Vibes, and Arabic EDM, alongside billions of Spotify- and fan-built international playlists.

Get streaming.

Spotify Premium prices per month:
UAE (AED 19.99)
KSA (SAR 19.99)
Egypt (EGP 49.99)
Rest of MENA ($4.99)

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