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Iraq and Palestine lead the Arab countries with the highest number of private FM radio stations
Wednesday, December 4, 2013

A new report from the Arab Advisors Group provides an analysis of the FM radio stations landscape in the Arab World. The research revealed that 246 local government-owned FM radio stations broadcast in 18 Arab countries by August 2013, while there are 220 private radio stations. The report also analyzed 7 regional radio stations that broadcast on FM frequencies in multiple countries.
Liberalization in several Arab countries was a key factor for the growth in private FM radio stations. Still, out of the 18 countries covered in the report, three do not allow private radio stations, namely: Qatar, UAE, and Yemen. In 2011, Mauritania and Algeria allowed the licensing of private radio stations, by August 2013, Algeria had still not launched any private FM stations, while Mauritania had launched three stations.
In addition to the liberalization of the sector, the need to broadcast in multiple languages to cater for expatriates enhances the number of FM radio stations even in countries where private FM radio stations do not exist. The UAE is a clear example of this as it hosts FM radio stations that broadcast in Arabic, English, Malayalam, Hindi, Urdu, Tamil, and Persian.
A new report, "FM Radio in the Arab World 2013" was released to the Arab Advisors Group's Media Strategic Research Service subscribers on November 26, 2013. This report can be purchased from the Arab Advisors Group for only US$ 1,500. The 97-page report, which has 45 detailed exhibits, provides a detailed analysis of the FM Radio regulations and landscape in 18 Arab countries. The countries covered in this report by August 2013 are Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Libya, Mauritania, Morocco, Oman, Palestine, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates (UAE), and Yemen. The report includes analysis and profiles of the main FM radio stations (private and state owned) in the region.
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"By August 2013, Iraq, with 69, leads all the analyzed Arab countries with the total number of radio stations, as well as private-owned radio stations, followed by Palestine, with 60 FM radio stations." Ms. Joud Hazineh, Arab Advisors research analyst wrote in the report. "Algeria, on the other hand, had the highest number of state-owned radio stations, with 56 stations, followed by the UAE with 37 state-owned radio stations." Ms. Hazineh added.
The Arab Advisors Group's team of analysts in the region has produced close to 3,800 reports on the Arab World's communications and media markets. The reports can be purchased individually or received through an annual subscription to Arab Advisors Group's ( Strategic Research Services (Media and Telecom).
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Arab Advisors Group provides reliable research, analysis and forecasts of Arab communications, media and technology 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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