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Spotify launches in the Middle East and North Africa

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Music streaming subscription service, Spotify has officially launched in the Middle East and North Africa. Spotify will be available in 13 Arab markets and has launched its ‘Arab hub’ collection of playlists to offer specific Arabic content for local listeners.

“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 catalogue  of millions of songs, for both our free and premium users,” said Cecilia Qvist, Spotify’s global head of markets.

Aside from the UAE, Spotify is now also available in Morocco, Egypt, Algeria, Tunisia, Lebanon, Jordan, Oman, Bahrain and Palestine.

In the UAE, premium prices per month has been set at AED19.99 ($5.44), compared to SAR19.99 ($5.33) in Saudi Arabia, EGP49.99 ($2.79) in Egypt and $4.99 for the rest of the MENA region.

The prices – which Spotify determines based on a particular market’s GDP – are cheaper than in many other markets, such as the United States ($9.99), UK ($12.98) and France ($11.28).

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