Spotify, the world’s leading music streaming service is expanding to MENA with its UAE launch planned for Q4 this year.
Our source has told us the company has already leased an office space in Dubai. Spotify’s recent filing with SEC (when it went public) confirms this.
The source has also told us that the company is currently looking to fill at least four positions to build its regional team for MENA that will be based in the Dubai office. Spotify’s Careers website partially confirms this as there are two positions currently listed under Dubai; Senior Editor for Middle East & Africa and Technical Account Manager for Middle East & North Africa.
“Even though the company has plans to launch in the third quarter, things are very likely to get delayed and we may not see Spotify in the region until late 2018 or early 2019,” the source added.
Currently, the most popular music streaming app in MENA is Anghami. The Beirut-based startup has over 40 million listeners all around the region. Anghami has license agreements with all the major Arabic record labels including Rotana, Melody, Mazzika, Platinum Records, and many others. Their app also features music from international labels like Universal, Sony, EMI, Warner.