Joins the growing list of streaming services in the region.
Music streaming service YouTube Music and ad-free subscription YouTube Premium is now officially available in the Middle East. The service will start rolling out to users in Saudi Arabia, UAE, Bahrain, Kuwait, Lebanon, Oman, and Qatar.
While YouTube Premium can be accessed through the main YouTube app, YouTube Music will have its own separate app available for free. YouTube Music will offer a broad range of international artists with special focus on Middle Eastern artists that will suit users of the region.
YouTube Premium includes a bunch of member-only benefits that include ad-free viewing and will even let you play audio in the background along with offline listening capabilities.
“For over a decade, millions of people in the Arab world have come to YouTube to watch, learn and listen. Music is the second most popular category on YouTube and it continues to grow. We’re excited to launch YouTube Music which will give our users access to the massive YouTube music catalog, helping them find the music they love, from new releases to iconic classics and from viral covers to live performances,” said Tarek Abdalla, Regional Director of Marketing at Google Middle East and North Africa.
YouTube Music will be priced at 19.99 AED per month and YouTube Premium will cost 23.99 AED per month. As a special treat to users in the UAE, Bahrain, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Lebanon and Oman, anyone who purchase a Galaxy Note 10, Galaxy S10, Tab S6 or Tab S5e will get four free months of free access to YouTube premium. Other Samsung Galaxy devices will also get a free two-month trial.
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