There’s so much talk going on in the world about the conflicts and struggles in the Middle East that it’s easy to forget about the fun and entertainment available to people there. If you’re like me, you might not be aware of what people do for fun over there. Well, much like here and in most parts of the world, television is the dominant form of entertainment, with over 70% of citizens from multiple Middle Eastern countries watching it every day. However, you won’t be seeing Middle Eastern people watching shows like The Simpsons or How I Met Your Mother very often, as the people there watch shows and media mace in their own country, except for most citizens from Qatar who really enjoy American TV.
Film in cinema’s are not as prominent as they are here, with 55% of people in the Middle East stating they have never seen a film, but the people who do go to watch movies mostly see Egyptian made films. Egypt can be considered the Hollywood of the Middle East, with a majority of people watching films produced there. However, there are still large audiences (mostly under the age of 35) who watch American and European films, and this is one of the biggest reasons many of the youth there know more English than their parents. Overall though, many people prefer Arab and Egyptian movies because they are viewed as having a more positive influence on morality.
Video games are also played in the Middle East, with four in then people owning and playing them around five hours a week. Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates are the leading countries who play video games, which range from all sorts, such as racing, sports, and MMORPG’s.
Like in all parts of the world, music is very important to the people of Middle eastern countries. 71% of 18-24 year old people say music is extremely important to their lives. The most frequently heard music there is Arabic Egyptian music, with 77% of the people picking this as their favorite genre, followed by 42% saying Western music is their favorite. Nationality is a big factor for people choosing their favorite music.
Entertainment is very similar in these parts of the world as any other part, with a strong sense of nationalism when it comes to who produces what, which is very admirable. Western media and entertainment is there and consumed by a great number of people, but the majority prefer music and other types of media made in one of their countries.