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Social media and OTT services see double-digit monthly growth in UAE users amid Covid-19
The National | 30 April 2020
"Research by Dubai-headquartered research and digital media agency Global Media Insight revealed that Google-owned YouTube had 8.65 million users in February" “With the lockdown in place, social media usage and networking have seen an increase … not to mention the spike in video conferencing,” Francis Kalarickal, director of Global Media Insight, told The National"
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Coronavirus: Why the UAE has more COVID-19 cases in the 20-44 age group
Gulf News | 29 March 2020
According to the infographics on the UAE population provided by the Global Media Insight, the World Health Organisation estimates the population of UAE to be 9.54 million of which nearly 65.5 per cent fall into the 25-54 age group
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A princely promise
Dawn | 7 February 2020
More than a million Pakistanis live in Saudi Arabia, according to Global Media Insight, and make up the country’s third largest expatriate community
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Saudi Twitter accounts urge Amazon boycott after Jeff Bezos hack – but are they real?
The Telegraph | 23 January 2020
Saudi Arabia’s young population is among the most digitally connected in the world. Nearly 68 per cent of all Saudis are estimated to be active social media users, according to Global Media Insight, a Middle Eastern digital media firm
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Chat Commerce Platform Zbooni Enables Businesses To Sell Products Over Mobile Apps
Entrepreneur - ME | 7 January 2020
Global Media Insight’s 2018 report noted that WhatsApp continues to top the UAE’s list as its most popular messaging application
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Arabian Gulf League: CEO Waleed Al Hosani's bold vision for a connected, packed-out future
Sports 360 | 25 December 2019
The independent research group Global Media Insight estimated this month that 45.8 per cent of the nation’s total 9.5m population in 2018 was derived from India, Pakistan and the Philippines
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UAE hosts its first-ever Social Media Healthcare summit
Khaleej Times | 11 December 2019
The UAE's social media usage statistics as per Global Media Insight reveals that a whopping 99.06 per cent of the UAE population is active on social media
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WhatsApp calling ban could be lifted in UAE very soon
Esquire ME | 7 November 2019
In 2019, 82% of the UAE’s 9.61 million population used WhatsApp, equating to an impressive 7.88 million users according to data collated by Global Media Insight
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SpiceJet to launch the UAE’s sixth airline – A boon to RAK and the Indian population
AME Info | 24 October 2019
Indians represent the nationality with the highest presence in the entirety of the UAE, even more than Emiratis, according to Global Media Insight
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On death row in Saudi Arabia: forgotten Pakistani prisoners
The National | 24 October 2019
More than a million Pakistanis live in Saudi Arabia, according to Global Media Insight, and make up the kingdom’s third largest expatriate community
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UAE remittances decline due to slow down in employment
Khaleej Times Article | 24 September 2019
According to the latest UAE population statistics published by the Global Media Insight, 59.5 per cent of the expat population in the UAE originate from South Asian countries, and expats from India account for 27.5 per cent of the total expat population in the UAE
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Outward UAE remittances top Dh42.55bn in the second quarter of 2019
The National | 24 September 2019
According to the latest (January 2019) UAE population statistics published by the Global Media Insight, 59.5 per cent of the expat population in the UAE originate from South Asian countries, and expats from India account for 27.5 per cent of the total expat population in the UAE
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Track and pay your RTA traffic fines via WhatsApp
Dubai Week | 17 July 2019
According to figures obtained from Global Media Insight (GMI), there are around 7.88 million WhatsApp users in the UAE
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Saudi’s Q1'19 unemployment rates tell a story of small victories but little change
AMEInfo | 03 July 2019
According to data compiled by Global Media Insight, the expat population in Saudi Arabia totaled 10.74 million during the 2017-18 period
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The long-run view: how UAE demographic trends shape property markets
Zawya | 01 July 2019
Global Media Insight (GMI) suggests a slightly higher and more conservative total at 9 million, rising to 9.6 million in 2018
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Next Generation Dual-Band WIFI AC Router From Linksys
Albawaba | 25 June 2019
Global media Insight recently reporting that 93% of residents connect to the Internet daily, and spend up to eight hours per day online
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Key Observations on Today’s Online Shopping and E-Commerce Trends in the Region
PerformanceIN | 25 June 2019
A recent report from Global Media Insight showed that over 64% of the UAE’s population were under the age of 31
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Rent to own the needed real estate trend
Khaleej Times | 18 June 2019
According to Global media Insight, the median age in the UAE is 33.5 years
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Blacklane Brings Chauffeur Service to Two Middle East Capital Cities
GlobeNewswire | 28 April 2019
Research by Global Media Insight showing that 61 percent of UAE internet traffic is on smartphones.
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Popular Indian snacks head to Dubai in potential $14m JV
FoodNavigator-Asia | 16 April 2019
According to Global Media Insight, Indians constitute the largest group of expats in the region, making up over 27% of the total UAE population in 2019.
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Middle East, part 2: The Travel Startup Scene
PhocusWire | 15 April 2019
According to Global Media Insight, active internet usage in the United Arab Emirates is more than 99%, users spend an average of nearly eight hours online each day and 61% of the internet usage is on mobile. In Saudi Arabia, Global Media Insight says internet usage is 91%, and 71% of the country actively uses YouTube.
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Social Media in the Middle East: Five Trends Journalists need to know about
Journalism.co.uk | 15 April 2019
In 2018, YouTube upstaged long-time leader Facebook to become the most popular social media platform in Saudi Arabia," reported Global Media Insight, a Dubai based digital interactive agency.
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Central Bank sees UAE GDP growth at 3.5% in 2019
Decypha | 12 March 2019
According to the 2018 UAE population statistics published by the Global Media Insight, 59.5 per cent of the expat population in the UAE originate from South Asian countries, and expats from India account for 27.5 per cent of the total expat population in the UAE.
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UAE's GDP to Increase to 3.5 Percent in 2019
Albawaba | 12 March 2019
According to the 2018 UAE population statistics published by the Global Media Insight, 59.5 per cent of the expat population in the UAE originate from South Asian countries, and expats from India account for 27.5 per cent of the total expat population in the UAE.
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Deactivating Facebook will make you happier and less stressed, according to new study
The National | 07 February 2019
According to research by Dubai-based digital agency Global Media Insight, 99.26 per cent of the Emirates population are active social media users.
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Impersonation: Social media users suffer as cybercrime goes unpunished
Arab News | 02 February 2019
According to Global Media Insight, a UAE-based research agency, there were around 30 million internet users in Saudi Arabia at the beginning of 2018, meaning internet penetration in the country stands at 91 percent.
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Social media mega trends for 2019
Khaleej Times Article | 13 December 2018
In fact, according to Global Media Insight, 71 per cent of Saudi Arabia's total Internet users are most active on YouTube.
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DFA confirms 22-year-old OFW died after falling off UAE building
Philstar Article | 26 November 2018
Middle East Digital Agency Global Media Insight, which conducted its in-depth analysis of the UAE Population in 2018, said there are 530,000 Filipinos in the country
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GULF NEWS MAGAZINE - 40th YEAR ANNIVERSARY EDITION
40th Year Anniversary Edition | September 30 2018
According to Global Media Insight, UAE residents spend and average of 2.56 hours on social media each day.
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Saudi YouTuber details attack by 'government agents' in London
The New Arab | 06 September 2018
Seventy-one percent of Saudi citizens are active YouTube users, according to Global Media Insight.
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E-commerce: A Wealth of Opportunities for Women
Khaleej Times Article | 26 Aug 2018
Global Media Insight reports that the "e-commerce market in UAE has witnessed a substantial increase during the period 2014 to 2018
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Facebook and Instagram to introduce ways to limit social media time
Arabian Business Article | 02 Aug 2018
According to statistics from Global Media Insight, the UAE has one of the highest rates of social media penetration in the world, with 9.38 of the country’s 9.45 million people being active social media users – 99.26 percent.
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Will video marketing make the written word obsolete?
The National Article | October 14, 2017
According to Global Media Insight, the top active social chat apps and messengers in Saudi Arabia, for instance, are Whatsapp, followed by Facebook messenger and Skype.
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Suicide prevention: Resources in the UAE
Gulf News | 25 Sep 2017
With about 8.7 million Facebook users in the UAE, according to Global Media Insight, a UAE-based digital agency
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Google, Snapchat celebrate Saudi's 87th National Day
Arabian Business Article | 24 Sep 2017
Figures by Global Media Insight show that it had 4.41 million Snapchat users in 2016.
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Facebook linked to neurotic behaviour
The National Article | March 27, 2017
Global Media Insight, a Dubai-based digital marketing agency, says the UAE now has more than 8.7 million Facebook users.
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Residents help through information-sharing Facebook group
Gulf News Article | December 24, 2016
Although there are other similar Web-based forums for residents, Abu Dhabi Q&A’s success partly stems from the fact that it is hosted on a social media platform used by 46 per cent of the UAE population, as reported by digital agency Global Media Insight.
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Goodbye to Yahoo Messenger
Gulf News Article | August 6, 2016
According to figures by UAE-based digital marketing company Global Media Insight, WhatsApp is the most actively used social messaging app, with 4.32 million users, followed by Skype at 4.23 million, and Facebook Messenger at 3.86 million.
Social media is the new complaint box for unhappy customers
Gulf News Article | March 30, 2016
According to statistics released by Global Media Insight, the UAE has seen 23 per cent growth in active social media accounts since January 2014.
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Social media: new business platform for young entrepreneurs
Gulf News Article | February 19, 2016
According to 2015 statistics issued by Global Media Insight, a digital advertising agency in Dubai, the average daily use of social media via any device — PC, tablet, phone — is three hours and 35 minutes in the UAE. That is plenty of time to keep up with the latest trends.
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UAE's power of mobile apps
Khaleej Times Article | December 3, 2015
According to Global Media Insight, of the total of 9.58 million people in the UAE, around 8.81 million are active Internet users.
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Social media a virtual necessity for most people
Gulf News Article | July 31, 2015
The latest statistics gathered and displayed on Global Media Insight’s website for the first quarter of 2015 showed that 56 per cent (5.4 million) of the UAE’s population have active social media accounts, out of whom 48 per cent (4.6 million) are active mobile social accounts.
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Digital advertising spikes over Ramadan
Gulf News Article | August 11, 2013
A spokesperson for Global Media Insight, a digital advertising agency in Dubai, agreed with Yousuf.
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Marketing Reality: Digital is not the future, it is now
Khaleej Times Article | December 29, 2012
Rakan, who is currently the general manager — Technology and Business Development for Global Media Insight (GMI), brought over 10 years in professional experience as a digital marketing professional into the MBA classroom.
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