Spotify Launches in the Middle East and North Africa

November 13, 2018 03:00 PM EST

Today Spotify launches its service in 13 new markets* in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), taking Spotify’s global footprint to 78 markets in total.

Spotify is launching in MENA with a fully Arabic user experience, offering music fans the best of local and international music, and a wealth of locally-curated playlists, including Today’s Top Arabic Hits, Oriental Chill Vibes, and Arabic EDM. Users in MENA can enjoy Spotify for free, or can subscribe to Spotify Premium for the ultimate Spotify experience. 

“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.”

Today also sees the launch of Spotify’s Arab Hub, as part of its Global Cultures initiative, following the recent launches of the Latin hub and Afro hub. The Arab hub is a home for Arabic music on Spotify, for fans of that music wherever they may be in the world.

*The new markets are: UAE, KSA, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Bahrain, Algeria, Morocco, Tunisia, Jordan, Lebanon, Palestinian Territories, Egypt.