Each UAE mobile user generates $42 revenue a month
Average revenue per mobile user stood at $20 a month in the Middle East last year
The average mobile user in the United Arab Emirates generates $42 or about AED 155 of revenue for telecommunication companies in a month, according to Dataxis Intelligence research.
The Middle East region was found to have one of the highest mobile average revenue per user (ARPU) per month at $20 (AED 74) last year, behind only North America and Europe.
Each Gulf country however sees deep variation in the amount of money people spend on mobile services.
Customers in Kuwait spend the most, representing an ARPU of up to $52 a month, followed by the United Arab Emirates ($42), Lebanon ($40), Qatar ($39), Bahrain ($35), Saudi Arabia ($27), Oman ($25), Palestine ($22), Syria ($18), Jordan ($16), Iraq ($13) and Yemen ($5).
"Also interesting to emphasize on is the fact that more than half of the region's 14 countries generated a higher Arpu than European average of $23 while only 3 countries - Iraq, Iran, Yemen- had an arpu below the worldwide average of $16 per month," the firm stated in a recent blog post.
Dataxis Intelligence says the Middle East is one of the most dynamic mobile markets in the world. In 2009, the regional mobile market saw a 23% increase in its subscriber base along with a 12% uptake of revenues.