A Blog from Amman, Jordan, Online Since 2004.

Arabs and Internet: Ever Wondered?

Everyone goes through a chatting online phase, right? Well, I went through mine in 1999, and I remember I used to go into chatrooms and reply Saudi Arabia as to where my location was. People would tell me that they thought Saudi Arabia was a desert, with no computers or internet connections. One of the most interesting questions people asked me was, “How do you use the bathroom? Do you have bathrooms?”My friends and I used that question for endless hours of laughter.
Of course though, things have changed since then, and people all over the world are becoming more geographically aware(although recently, when my friend, who goes to school in Boston, replied “Saudi Arabia” to “Where are you from?”, she was asked “Is that in Northern Boston?”) Along side the international awareness, Arabs are becoming more aquainted with the World Wide Web. For example, before 1998, the internet was not available in Saudi Arabia, and in order to access it, you had to subscribe through neighboring Bahrain.
Anyway, I’m pleased to say, that according to Global Online Marketing, the number of Internet users in the Arab world will reach 25 million by the end of 2005. By the end of this year, over 8.2 million people in the Arab regionwill have Internet access.
The average user is highly educated: 60% are university graduates,19% completed further masteral and doctoral degrees. The remaining21% hadcompleted at least secondary schooling. Finally, only a harrowing 19% of internet browsers in Arab world are female.


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  1. MMM

    Hi Roba,

    First of all, welcome into the world of blogging :)
    I just found out about your blog and added a link to you right away.

    Anyway, I too have been through a chatting phase, and that was back in 1998 I think, and I was in Jordan.
    When asked a/s/l? and I answered I was in Jordan, they’d be like, where is that?
    A common answer people used to give is “King Houssein”. That used to do the trick most of the time.

    Anyway, it’s great that more and more Arabs are getting online.
    I hope more and more of them try to be heard and by doing that change the stereotype image of Arabs.

  2. Congratulations on your blog :) Heard about it from MMM. Happy to add you to my bloglist. I read your previous posts, they’re so great and I loved the pics of Amman. Keep blogging and good luck :)

  3. Aww :) You guys are the sweetest couple I’ve ever met! Thanks you guys :) MMM, this whole blogging thing was your fault :P You got me addicted just by reading your blog!

  4. Anonymous

    My concern is what they are using it for?

  5. Hi Roba,
    Welcome to the crazy world of blogging. I will be adding a link to your blog on my site.

    Looking forward to reading your posts


  6. Thanks Natasha :)

  7. I really liked the information on internet connections, great job! I have my own internet connections secrets blog if you would like to come and see what I have on mine.

  8. Great job on your talk on internet connections. I have a internet connections secrets blog if you wanna swing by my place!

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