The total number of social media users in the United Arab Emirates was 9.4 million. Facebook users in the United Arab Emirates are broken down by 74.5 percent women compared to 25.5 percent men. The user demographic of Facebook in the United Arab Emirates is quite balanced with 49.2 percent of users between the age of 15 and 29 years old and 50.8 percent above the age of 30 years. The younger a social media user is, the more likely they source news and information on current affairs through social media in the Middle East and North Africa.
Legal limitation of social media usage in the United Arab Emirates
Tough, WhatsApp, Skype and Facebook messenger are the leading social media platforms in the United Arab Emirates, there are strong restrictions on messenger and VOIP application imposed on their usage by the Telecommunication Regulatory Authority (TRA). Free video and voice calls on instant messengers are still blocked in the UAE. This is mainly an issue for expatriates living in the United Arab Emirates, who want to contact friends and family in their home country, which makes it still very costly for them. .