In a recent study conducted by Kantar and Snap, 71% of parents in Saudi Arabia are also using Snapchat.
Snapchat’s monthly addressable reach in Saudi Arabia has reached 20m users, with 90% of users aged 13-34.
The milestone comes after the company announced its earnings for theQ4 2021, at which time Snapchat also saw its daily active users (DAUs) increase globally by 20%, year-over-year, reaching a total of 319m DAUs.
Speaking about Snap’s popularity in the region, Abdulla Alhammadi, Regional Business Lead at Snap Inc, said: “There’s a rich legacy of storytelling in KSA, and our continued emphasis on visual, camera-led communication really resonates with Saudis. Snapchat is the easiest and fastest way to visually communicate the full range of human emotion with your friends, enabling you to be yourself with your loved ones, without pressure to be popular, pretty, or perfect.”
The company’s leadership in augmented reality (AR) innovation has also played a key role in the growth of the Snapchat community. Concepts that many consider futuristic are actually being used by millions of Snapchatters each day. During Ramadan 2021, Snapchatters in the KSA viewed AR Lenses over 90bn times. Also, during Ramadan 2021, Snapchatters posted more than 1bn Snaps to their Stories
In a 2021 Deloitte Digital study commissioned by Snap Inc., an average of 80% of consumers in Saudi Arabia alone say they expect and desire to use AR as a practical “tool” in their everyday lives. Already nearly 90% of KSA daily Snapchat users interact with Lenses every day.
Alhammadi added: “We first launched Lenses, the first mass consumer AR product, to lower the barrier for self-expression. But since then, we have greatly evolved AR not only for entertainment, but also use-cases like education, commerce, the arts, and more. We believe that AR ultimately adds both utility as well as fun to people’s lives in KSA, and we are pushing the boundaries on both of these fronts.”
In this respect, Snapchat has proven popular not only with younger audiences in the Kingdom but also with parents. In a recent study conducted by Kantar and Snap, 71% of parents in Saudi Arabia are now on Snapchat.
In addition to communication, Snapchat offers a wide range of content experiences to its community. This includes entertaining Snaps from the community as part of its Spotlight feature, as well as a hand-curated lineup of shows from trusted publishing partners including Rotana Media Group, MBC, Saudi Broadcasting Authority, Discovery Networks MENA, UTURN Entertainment, and many more. In fact, more people in Saudi Arabia watch Snapchat Discover every day than any of the top ten TV channels, both before and during Covid-19. Snapchatters spent an increase of 33% more time in 2021 enjoying Ramadan shows compared to the year prior.
Alhammadi concluded: “Snap’s camera is one of the most used cameras in the world. On any given day there are more Snaps taken than all of the digital photographs combined, regardless of the device or platform. We are proud that our technologies, products, and services are able to play a transformative role in how people in Saudi Arabia and the wider region experience the world around them, whether online or in the physical world.”