How Saudi women are passing the time in #selfisolation

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With weeks of social distancing already under our belt, it’s safe to say that we have found one or two ways to entertain ourselves at home. Whether you stepped up your fitness routine, tried out a few more recipes or binged a few TV series, there has never been a better time to expand your cultural horizons.

Podcasts have become a key medium for exchanging information, discovering new interests, diving into current affairs and escaping to other parts of the world with just one click of the ‘play’ button. In fact, team has been warming their ears with a few great series but we have nothing on the millions of podcast fans in Saudi Arabia.

In a first of its kind study conducted by a global broadcast specialist consultancy, markettiers MENA, revealed that there are 5.1 million regular podcast listeners in Saudi, with one in four women (21 percent) listening to podcasts every week.

Overall,  15 percent of the adult population tune into a podcast, putting Saudi Arabia on a similar par with the UAE, with 16 percent (1.3 million) of the adult population tuning in at least once a week to a podcast.

The research, carried out during the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak canvassed the thoughts of more than 2,000 adults in Saudi Arabia and revealed that nine in 10 (93 percent) of those surveyed trust in podcasts more than any other medium.

Which podcasts are they tuning into? Well, unfortunately the full report won’t be out until May, so we decided to introduce you to some of our new favourite podcasts.

  • Saudi Arabia’s first podcast network – Mstdfr
  • #ABpodcasts hosted by Emirati entrepreneur and influencer Anas Bukhash
  • Royally Obsessed is ideal for those who are literally obsessed with British Royals
  • Warehouse 421 Conversations from UAE-based arts and design centre
  • Pretty Basic hosted by best friends who discuss everything from anxiety to banana bread



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