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Qatar top e-commerce spender in region

Gulf country ranks seventh in terms of B2C transactions

The Qatar National e-Commerce Roadmap 2015 issued by the Ministry of Information and Communications Technology (ICT Qatar) revealed that Qatar has the highest average annual spend on e-commerce in the MENA region.

The average value of one e-commerce transaction in the country exceeded the average value of one transaction in the GCC region, showed the roadmap, pointing out that the average annual spending of an individual in Qatar is $3.453, as the value of every trade transaction amounts to $264.

According to Qatar-based Alraya newspaper, Qatar ranked seventh in the MENA region in terms of business-to-consumer (B2C) e-commerce transactions’ value with expectations for this value to continue increasing.

Qatar enjoys a favourable environment – characterised by high-income residents, who enjoy very good Internet connectivity, mobile services and fixed telephony, in addition to the high prevalence in the use of ICT in Qatar.

The report said that the value of the B2C e-commerce market in the MENA region amounted to roughly $32bn.

(US$1 = AED3.67, at the time of publishing)