Spotify, a music streaming platform developed by Swedish company Spotify Technology, officially launched in the Middle East and North Africa. The company said its services will be available in countries such as Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt, and Morocco but not Libya, Iraq, Syria, or Yemen.
Spotify’s managing director for the Middle East and Africa, Claudius Boller, who previously worked in the region with Universal Music Group told Reuters that the United Arab Emirates, Egypt, and Morocco were expected to drive regional growth, pointing to the youthful population and high smartphone penetration in the countries.
The Swedish music streaming company will charge per month for its premium service 19.99 riyals ($5.33) in Saudi Arabia, 19.99 dirhams ($5.44) in the United Arab Emirates, 49.99 Egyptian pounds ($2.8) in Egypt, and $4.99 elsewhere in the Middle East and North Africa.
The company launched its collection of playlists of Arab music and its free service is also now available in the region.
Spotify was founded in 2008 and was listed on the New York Stock Exchange in April 2018. The company’s music streaming service was available in 65 countries before its launch in the Middle East and North Africa.