I wondered how the Arab world uses the internet and wanted to spot interesting facts. I collected and analyzed the data from the Alexa page rankings. I calculated the rankings giving more weight to websites that were ranked higher more often.

The Data

panarab top 10 websites 300x104 Website Rankings in the Arab World

* Data was current as of July 22, 2008.

Interesting Facts

  • All 18 countries have Google, Yahoo!, Windows Live, & MSN in their Top 10
  • Google is #1 in 14 countries (7 of them are localized)
  • Yahoo is #1 in 3 countries
  • Facebook is #1 in Lebanon
  • Google France is in the Top 4 for Algeria, Morocco, & Tunisia
  • Facebook is not in the Top 10 for Algeria, Libya, Oman, Syria, & Yemen
  • YouTube is not in the Top 10 for Tunisia
  • kooora.com is in the Top 10 for 7 countries
  • Wikipedia is only in the Top 10 for Lebanon
  • Google is localized for 8 Arab Countries
  • Lebanon is the only country that has political websites in the Top 10

The Rankings

  1. Google*
  2. Yahoo!
  3. Windows Live
  4. YouTube
  5. MSN
  6. Facebook
  7. Maktoob
  8. Rapidshare
  9. kooora.com
  10. PerfSpot

* Includes localized Google websites