Media Use in the Arab Gulf

Project: Research project

Project Details


Any understanding of the role communication media play among individuals, institutions, nation-states, and society itself requires grounding in how people use media to communicate with others and seek news, opinions, entertainment, and even commercial messages. These objectives guide Northwestern University in Qatar’s annual Media Use in the Middle East studies. This 2016 report continues to chart a course toward fuller appreciation of media of all kinds, from so-called legacy or traditional media to digital and social media and direct messaging. This survey, conducted in six countries—Egypt, Lebanon, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, and the United Arab Emirates—among over 6,000 individuals contributes to a portrait of regional differences and change, sometimes incremental, sometimes dramatic, and therefore is the preeminent study of media use in Arab countries. Generous funding comes from a continuing grant from the Qatar National Research Fund and from our partner in both the 2014 and 2016 surveys, Doha Film Institute.
Effective start/end date12/15/1512/15/16


  • Doha Film Institute (Amgt 12/21/15)


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