June 6th, 2013 | 1 MIN READ

Ecommerce Trends in the Middle East [Infographic]

Written by author_profile_images Linda Bustos

Linda is an ecommerce industry analyst and consultant specializing in conversion optimization and digital transformation.

This week's infographic comes from the GO-Gulf.com Blog, Ecommerce in the Middle East: Statistics and Trends. With 90 million Internet users and only 15% of businesses with an online presence, there's room to grow. B2C online sales are expected to jump to $15 Billion by 2015, up from only $9 Billion last year.


  • The estimated number of Internet users in the Middle East is 90 million Tweet this
  • Only 15% of Middle Eastern businesses have an online presence Tweet this
  • B2B ecommerce sales in MENA (Middle East/N Africa) to reach est. $15B in 2105 vs. $9B in 2012 Tweet this
  • The value of mcommerce in Middle East/N Africa could reach $4.9B US by 2015 Tweet this
  • 52% of shoppers over the age of 26 in Middle East/N Africa shop online Tweet this
  • 31% of Middle East/N African shoppers under the age of 16 shop online Tweet this
  • 68% of online shoppers in Middle East/N Africa are male Tweet this
  • 70-80% of online purchases in the Middle East are paid by COD, 30% paid online Tweet this
  • 47% of e-shoppers in the Middle East use prepaid cards vs 30% credit or bank transfer, 28% COD, 27% paypal Tweet this
  • 33% of Internet users in the Middle East regularly use the Internet to purchase or research products Tweet this
  • The 3 most popular online shopping categories in the Middle East: Online games (41%), computer software (31%), Electronics (28%) Tweet this

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