Going electric: Electric vehicles take off in the Middle East

Posted by Borderless Access on Feb 7, 2022 2:49:18 PM

There is a lot of pressure on governments around the world to commit to becoming carbon neutral – the Middle East is no exception. Reducing the number of petrol-driven cars on the road is integral to this mission. As a result, we’ve seen steady growth both in Saudi Arabia and the UAE and also worldwide in the number of electric vehicles (EVs) being purchased, and car manufacturers are constantly releasing different models to cater for this broadening market.

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Topics: marketing research, electric vehicles, EV, digital online research, middle east consumer research

In good shape: How the Middle East is exploring healthy eating options

Posted by Ejaz Mirza on Nov 12, 2021 6:38:22 PM

Facing the health crisis that COVID has provided has forced many of us to reconsider our personal well being. Coupled with this, we have been restricted to our homes, compelled to prepare our own food. Borderless Access surveyed people living in the Middle East, specifically the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Saudi Arabia, to see how these factors have affected the type of food people are eating and how people are getting this food.

A rise in health consciousness

Eliminating or reducing the amount of meat products they eat has been the most notable change in people’s diets since the start of the pandemic. Globally, 57% of people have experimented with vegan or vegetarian diets, with a further 20% saying they are consciously trying to eat less meat. Saudi Arabians follow this pattern (with a greater proportion of people opting for vegan as opposed to vegetarian meals). In the UAE there is still a dramatic shift towards meatless options, but to a lesser degree than its neighbour.

Following low-fat, low-sugar or low-carbohydrate diets has been popular everywhere, including in the Middle East, however, this group of people (especially Saudi Arabians) appear to be particularly health-conscious, with many people also trying to reduce gluten, salt and dairy products.

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Topics: consumer preference, consumer research, behavioural market research, borderless access, ba insightz, middle east consumer research, qualitative research, quantitative research, consumer habit study

Healthy lifestyles embraced as a result of the pandemic

Posted by Ejaz Mirza on Apr 26, 2021 10:38:13 AM

Almost two-thirds of consumers globally have become more health- and hygiene-conscious as a result of the pandemic. The Middle East certainly leads this trend with over three-quarters of Saudi and UAE consumers feeling an increased awareness of the need to look after their physical well-being.

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Topics: consumer behaviour, digital online research, middle east healthcare research, pandemic and health, healthcare research, middle east and pandemic, middle east consumer research

The lowdown on lockdown: how consumer media consumption habits have changed in the Middle East

Posted by Borderless Access on Dec 16, 2020 3:10:14 PM

In the Middle East, when we look at brand and advertising reach, digital media sources strike a hard punch than the traditional avenues of radio and television. The move to digital platforms is more widespread in this region (looking specifically at the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia) than it is in other areas of the world.

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Topics: digital market research, digital online research, middle east market research, digital consumer insights, middle east consumer research, consumer media research

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