Spotify, the paid music streaming service has officially rolled out in the Middle East and North Africa.
The company declared services would now be accessible in 13 Arab markets, including Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt, and Morocco but not Libya, Iraq, Syria, or Yemen.
For several years, Spotify has been accessible in the Middle East through accounts registered in other markets such as Europe.
Spotify’s managing director for the Middle East and Africa, Claudius Boller was previously working in the region with Universal Music Group.
Boller specified that Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Egypt, and Morocco were expected to propel regional growth, pointing to the Middle East’s youthful population and high smartphone penetration.
Spotify will be available for its premium service 19.99 riyals ($5.33) in Saudi Arabia, 19.99 dirhams ($5.44) in the UAE, 49.99 Egyptian pounds ($2.8) in Egypt, and $4.99 elsewhere in the Middle East and North Africa. Its free service is also accessible in the region.
Spotify has also introduced its ‘Arab hub’ collection of playlists of Arab music.
Before the launch in the Middle East and North Africa, Spotify’s music streaming services were accessible only in 65 markets.