So last week, we mentioned that Spotify launched, or was launching their services here in the MENA region – however, it was an invite-only access, and there was no clear indication that the request was sent, nor was there a confirmation email. Sad, right?
But we can leave the past behind us, because today, Spotify officially launches in 13 new markets in the MENA region – including Bahrain, UAE, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Algeria, Morocco, Tunisia, Jordan, Lebanon, Palestinian, and Egypt. This brings Spotify’s global footprint to 78 markets!
Spotify is launching with a fully Arabic user experience – so if you’re into local and international music, Spotify has got you covered with its locally-curated playlists! It includes Today’s Top Arabic Hits, Oriental Chill Vibes, and Arabic EDM.
Cecilia Qvist, Spotify’s Global Head of Markets is excited for Spotify’s launch in the MENA region. “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 personalized 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,” she adds.
The service has both free and subscriptions models available. Spotify Premium costs $5.17 in the UAE, $5.33 in Saudi, and $4.99 in the rest of the region. It’s also interesting to know that Spotify Premium would cost $2.79 in Egypt, making it the cheapest country in the world to experience Spotify.