Its premium service is available for Dhs19.99 per month…

Great news, music fans. After several months of hints and speculation, Spotify has officially launched in several countries across the Middle East and North Africa, including in the UAE.

“Spotify is now officially available across 13 markets in the Middle East and North Africa”, Claudius Boller, Managing Director of Spotify Middle East and Africa told What’s On. “With the best in class music recommendations and more than 3 billion playlists from around the world and the region, we believe this is a game change for music listeners and artists here. And the best thing is, Spotify is available for free,” Boller added.

The music streaming service offers users access to a global network of songs on both a free version and a premium service, which will cost users Dhs19.99, Spotify executives confirmed.

With the premium service, users can enjoy listening to music advert-free, as well as being able to download songs  that can be heard offline. The UAE pricing is around half of what users pay in countries like the UK, France and the US.

Users now have instant access to a wide range of playlists which include billions of Spotify and fan-built playlists, as well as locally curated playlists such as Today’s Top Arabic Hits and Arabic EDM, which will be regularly updated.

Back in May, hints began to come to light that the Swedish born company would be launching in the region, after they began advertising for roles based out of an office in Dubai.

Then, in October, a verified account operating under the name Spotify Arabia was launched on Twitter.

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