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The Arab World’s e-commerce portals: 18% of those analyzed in 2012 shut down their operations
Tuesday, February 11, 2014

The Arab World's e-commerce portals: 18% of those analyzed in 2012 shut down their operations.   

New research and analysis by the Arab Advisors Group analyzes 142 selected e-commerce companies in the MENA region. Not everything is rosy: 20 e-commerce players that the Arab Advisors Group analyzed in 2012 are no longer operational representing 18% of the 114 portals analyzed back in 2012. The market is dynamic though with new investments and played joining the fray in 2013.

New research and analysis by the Arab Advisors Group focuses on 142 selected E-commerce portals in the Arab World. The Arab Advisors Group selected these portals for analysis as they explicitly focused on e-commerce offerings. Arab Advisors ongoing coverage of the ecommerce landscape reveals that 20 e-commerce portals that were online and functional in 2012 are no longer operational representing 18% of the 114 portals analyzed back in 2012. Out of the 142 e-commerce portals analyzed, 8 e-commerce portals launched during 2013. 

The new report, "E-commerce portals in the Arab World 2013" was released to Arab Advisors Group's Telecoms Strategic Research Service subscribers on December 23, 2013. This report can be purchased from the Arab Advisors Group for only US$ 1,500. The report -which has 161 pages and 9 detailed exhibits- analyzes and profiles 142 selected E-commerce portals.

Please contact the Arab Advisors Group to get a copy of the report's Table of Contents.

Any investment in this report will count towards attending Arab Advisors' 11th Convergence Summit on June 2 & 3, 2014 at the Four Seasons Hotel in Amman. Telecom and Media operators can send up to 2 delegates to attend at no charge. Press members can also attend at no charge. More information on the summit can be viewed on


"Using credit and/or debit cards is the most accepted method of payment with 76% of the analyzed portals using it. Cash on Delivery and Bank/Wire transfer or cheques options followed with 58% and 44% of portals, respectively." Mr. Omar Ja'abari, Arab Advisors Group senior research analyst wrote in the report. "78% of portals offered content in the English language. Arabic enabled portals followed with 40% of portals" Mr. Ja'abari wrote in the report.

The Arab Advisors Group's team of analysts in the region has already produced over 3,845 reportson the Arab World's communications, media and financial markets. The reports can be purchased individually or received through an annual subscription to Arab Advisors Group's ( Strategic Research Services (Media and Telecom).

To date, Arab Advisors Group has served over 695 global and regional companies by providing reliable research analysis and forecasts of Arab communications markets to these clients. Some of our clients can be viewed on


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Arab Advisors Group's Arabic name is مجموعة المرشدين العرب  

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Arab Advisors Group provides reliable research, analysis and forecasts of Arab communications, media, technology and financial markets.

Arab Advisors Group Strategic Research Services (Media and Telecoms) are annual subscriptions. The services cover Nineteen countries in the Arab World: Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, Palestine, Iraq, Egypt, Sudan, Saudi Arabia, Yemen, UAE, Kuwait, Qatar, Bahrain, Oman, Libya, Tunisia, Algeria, Morocco and Mauritania.

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