The number of internet users in the Middle East has grown by almost 3 million in the past six months, according to the latest figures from the Internet World Stats marketing research group.
By the end of June, the region was estimated to have 48 million internet users compared to 45.1 million at the turn of the year.
Internet penetration rose to 23.7 percent compared to the global average of 24.7 percent.
The UAE has the highest national internet penetration at 59.6 percent with Qatar second on 52.3 percent.
Of the 48 million users in the region, 23 million of them are based in Iran which has three times the number of residents accessing the internet than the next largest market in Saudi Arabia (7.2 million users).