Source: Disney


Disney+ has launched in 16 markets across the Middle East and North Africa (MENA).

Disney+’s MENA offer includes recently launched Marvel series Moon Knight, from Egyptian director Mohamed Diab, and Ms. Marvel, which premiered globally on the streamer this week and features Marvel’s first Muslim superhero.

The 16 markets that Disney+ is entering are: Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Oman, Palestine, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, UAE and Yemen.

The streamer will go up against rivals including Netflix, Starzplay and Amazon in the region.

Netflix currently leads the international SVOD pack in MENA, with more than 6.8 million subscribers, according to Digital TV Research quoted by Reuters. Starzplay ranks second with just under 2 million, followed by Amazon with 1.4 million.

Local rivals include MBC Group’s streaming platform, Shahid, which recently ordered an Arabic version of comedy series The Office, and regional competitor OSN which has an Arabic version of US legal series Suits.