Porn and the Arabs! 10 hard home truths that reveal how the Middle East is gripped online

Published October 10th, 2014 - 23:43 GMT

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What’s the low down on getting down and dirty in the Middle East, virtually and voyeuristically? That’s right, we’re talking about the p word (or ‘b’ as it might get mis-pronounced in Anglo-Arab-speak). Get set to come over all steamy and sweaty as we uncover what’s happening between those Egyptian cotton sheets where the action is intensely internet. Leaving out Lebanon who’s not getting lucky lately, with a ban on six graphic websites sites imposed (why those six is anyone’s guess, maybe they came up short for those ministers enforcing the online ‘cock’-block.) Continue reading below »

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The stats don’t lie - Arabs score high with porn sites. Cairo is the #1 city that searched for “sex” on Google. So don’t be shy-- check out who searched for sex by country in this cross section that includes some Muslim hot spots in and out of the Middle East 'desert'.
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Image 1 of 10:  1 / 10The stats don’t lie - Arabs score high with porn sites. Cairo is the #1 city that searched for “sex” on Google. So don’t be shy-- check out who searched for sex by country in this cross section that includes some Muslim hot spots in and out of the Middle East 'desert'.

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Operators of a number of Israeli porn sites report that between 2 and 10% of their users arrive from Muslim majority Arab countries like Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, Jordan, Egypt, and the Palestinian Authority. Some websites customize their goods, offering services in Arabic. Oh, habibi!
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Image 2 of 10:  2 / 10Operators of a number of Israeli porn sites report that between 2 and 10% of their users arrive from Muslim majority Arab countries like Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, Jordan, Egypt, and the Palestinian Authority. Some websites customize their goods, offering services in Arabic. Oh, habibi!

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Apparently, 35% of married Saudi men get ‘addicted’ to watching porn on the net. Forget those that have a 'casual' sex-surfing habit! Perhaps the 4-wife quota doesn’t do it for these Arabian stallions. Saudis like the sext-ing action too -- a study found that 70% of files exchanged between teens’ phones contained pornographic images.
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Image 3 of 10:  3 / 10Apparently, 35% of married Saudi men get ‘addicted’ to watching porn on the net. Forget those that have a 'casual' sex-surfing habit! Perhaps the 4-wife quota doesn’t do it for these Arabian stallions. Saudis like the sext-ing action too -- a study found that 70% of files exchanged between teens’ phones contained pornographic images.

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Oh-so Haram! Or at least in ultra-conservative Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and most Gulf states where a filtering policy which blocks the sites means no porn-related content will appear on the list of top 100 most visited webpages. Plugging ‘porn’ into Google throws up 'this page is in defiance of our values' in these kingdoms of morality and virtue.
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Image 4 of 10:  4 / 10Oh-so Haram! Or at least in ultra-conservative Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and most Gulf states where a filtering policy which blocks the sites means no porn-related content will appear on the list of top 100 most visited webpages. Plugging ‘porn’ into Google throws up 'this page is in defiance of our values' in these kingdoms of morality and virtue.

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Oh boy! Pakistan is the leading country in the world to search for “gay sex”. Meanwhile, it is Arabic that is the second most common language used to search for the same phrase. Man-on-man lovin’ is very popular in the Middle East quarters it would seem. Lawrence of Arabia eat your heart out!
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Image 5 of 10:  5 / 10Oh boy! Pakistan is the leading country in the world to search for “gay sex”. Meanwhile, it is Arabic that is the second most common language used to search for the same phrase. Man-on-man lovin’ is very popular in the Middle East quarters it would seem. Lawrence of Arabia eat your heart out!

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Libya lusts for the mature man? Libya’s most searched porn term is 'gay silver daddies.' In fact, 30% of the country’s sex-internet searches were gay-related. These days Libya’s best known for having hardline Islamist groups and fiercely oppressive laws against homosexuality. Google, on the other hand, paints quite a different picture.
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Image 6 of 10:  6 / 10Libya lusts for the mature man? Libya’s most searched porn term is "gay silver daddies." In fact, 30% of the country’s sex-internet searches were gay-related. These days Libya’s best known for having hardline Islamist groups and fiercely oppressive laws against homosexuality. Google, on the other hand, paints quite a different picture.

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OK, shagging donkeys might turn a few oddballs on, but apparently Turkey, Egypt, Pakistan and Morocco are at the top of the love list when it comes to bestiality. Chickens, camels, it's a minefield! Meeting a bird down the pub? Let’s not make it too literal...
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Image 7 of 10:  7 / 10OK, shagging donkeys might turn a few oddballs on, but apparently Turkey, Egypt, Pakistan and Morocco are at the top of the love list when it comes to bestiality. Chickens, camels, it's a minefield! Meeting a bird down the pub? Let’s not make it too literal...

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Authorities say Iranian internet users chalked up more visits to pornographic sites than people from any other country on Ashura Day, a Shia day of mourning and self-flagellating, in more senses than the public display of grief as it happens.
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Image 8 of 10:  8 / 10Authorities say Iranian internet users chalked up more visits to pornographic sites than people from any other country on Ashura Day, a Shia day of mourning and self-flagellating, in more senses than the public display of grief as it happens.

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Sexy and you know it...in Arabic that is! The number one language used to search for the word “sexy” online, believe it or not is Arabic. Iranians come (no pun intended) third to search for it, followed by Egypt in fourth place.
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Image 9 of 10:  9 / 10Sexy and you know it...in Arabic that is! The number one language used to search for the word “sexy” online, believe it or not is Arabic. Iranians come (no pun intended) third to search for it, followed by Egypt in fourth place.

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The Hamas government in Gaza has ordered a full ban on internet pornography. If you’re bored and broke from the Israeli occupation, taking a little bit of illicit pleasure from online porn won’t be an option to relieve some of that pent-up frustration or to stay 'occupied' for long.
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Image 10 of 10:  10 / 10The Hamas government in Gaza has ordered a full ban on internet pornography. If you’re bored and broke from the Israeli occupation, taking a little bit of illicit pleasure from online porn won’t be an option to relieve some of that pent-up frustration or to stay 'occupied' for long.

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The stats don’t lie - Arabs score high with porn sites. Cairo is the #1 city that searched for “sex” on Google. So don’t be shy-- check out who searched for sex by country in this cross section that includes some Muslim hot spots in and out of the Middle East 'desert'.

Image 1 of 10The stats don’t lie - Arabs score high with porn sites. Cairo is the #1 city that searched for “sex” on Google. So don’t be shy-- check out who searched for sex by country in this cross section that includes some Muslim hot spots in and out of the Middle East 'desert'.

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Operators of a number of Israeli porn sites report that between 2 and 10% of their users arrive from Muslim majority Arab countries like Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, Jordan, Egypt, and the Palestinian Authority. Some websites customize their goods, offering services in Arabic. Oh, habibi!

Image 2 of 10Operators of a number of Israeli porn sites report that between 2 and 10% of their users arrive from Muslim majority Arab countries like Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, Jordan, Egypt, and the Palestinian Authority. Some websites customize their goods, offering services in Arabic. Oh, habibi!

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Apparently, 35% of married Saudi men get ‘addicted’ to watching porn on the net. Forget those that have a 'casual' sex-surfing habit! Perhaps the 4-wife quota doesn’t do it for these Arabian stallions. Saudis like the sext-ing action too -- a study found that 70% of files exchanged between teens’ phones contained pornographic images.

Image 3 of 10Apparently, 35% of married Saudi men get ‘addicted’ to watching porn on the net. Forget those that have a 'casual' sex-surfing habit! Perhaps the 4-wife quota doesn’t do it for these Arabian stallions. Saudis like the sext-ing action too -- a study found that 70% of files exchanged between teens’ phones contained pornographic images.

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Oh-so Haram! Or at least in ultra-conservative Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and most Gulf states where a filtering policy which blocks the sites means no porn-related content will appear on the list of top 100 most visited webpages. Plugging ‘porn’ into Google throws up 'this page is in defiance of our values' in these kingdoms of morality and virtue.

Image 4 of 10Oh-so Haram! Or at least in ultra-conservative Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and most Gulf states where a filtering policy which blocks the sites means no porn-related content will appear on the list of top 100 most visited webpages. Plugging ‘porn’ into Google throws up 'this page is in defiance of our values' in these kingdoms of morality and virtue.

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Oh boy! Pakistan is the leading country in the world to search for “gay sex”. Meanwhile, it is Arabic that is the second most common language used to search for the same phrase. Man-on-man lovin’ is very popular in the Middle East quarters it would seem. Lawrence of Arabia eat your heart out!

Image 5 of 10Oh boy! Pakistan is the leading country in the world to search for “gay sex”. Meanwhile, it is Arabic that is the second most common language used to search for the same phrase. Man-on-man lovin’ is very popular in the Middle East quarters it would seem. Lawrence of Arabia eat your heart out!

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Libya lusts for the mature man? Libya’s most searched porn term is 'gay silver daddies.' In fact, 30% of the country’s sex-internet searches were gay-related. These days Libya’s best known for having hardline Islamist groups and fiercely oppressive laws against homosexuality. Google, on the other hand, paints quite a different picture.

Image 6 of 10Libya lusts for the mature man? Libya’s most searched porn term is "gay silver daddies." In fact, 30% of the country’s sex-internet searches were gay-related. These days Libya’s best known for having hardline Islamist groups and fiercely oppressive laws against homosexuality. Google, on the other hand, paints quite a different picture.

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OK, shagging donkeys might turn a few oddballs on, but apparently Turkey, Egypt, Pakistan and Morocco are at the top of the love list when it comes to bestiality. Chickens, camels, it's a minefield! Meeting a bird down the pub? Let’s not make it too literal...

Image 7 of 10OK, shagging donkeys might turn a few oddballs on, but apparently Turkey, Egypt, Pakistan and Morocco are at the top of the love list when it comes to bestiality. Chickens, camels, it's a minefield! Meeting a bird down the pub? Let’s not make it too literal...

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Authorities say Iranian internet users chalked up more visits to pornographic sites than people from any other country on Ashura Day, a Shia day of mourning and self-flagellating, in more senses than the public display of grief as it happens.

Image 8 of 10Authorities say Iranian internet users chalked up more visits to pornographic sites than people from any other country on Ashura Day, a Shia day of mourning and self-flagellating, in more senses than the public display of grief as it happens.

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Sexy and you know it...in Arabic that is! The number one language used to search for the word “sexy” online, believe it or not is Arabic. Iranians come (no pun intended) third to search for it, followed by Egypt in fourth place.

Image 9 of 10Sexy and you know it...in Arabic that is! The number one language used to search for the word “sexy” online, believe it or not is Arabic. Iranians come (no pun intended) third to search for it, followed by Egypt in fourth place.

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The Hamas government in Gaza has ordered a full ban on internet pornography. If you’re bored and broke from the Israeli occupation, taking a little bit of illicit pleasure from online porn won’t be an option to relieve some of that pent-up frustration or to stay 'occupied' for long.

Image 10 of 10The Hamas government in Gaza has ordered a full ban on internet pornography. If you’re bored and broke from the Israeli occupation, taking a little bit of illicit pleasure from online porn won’t be an option to relieve some of that pent-up frustration or to stay 'occupied' for long.

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This is an exposé of the underground pornographic scene proliferating the Arab world. From gay ‘silver daddies’ popular in Libya to what kind of porn-play Persians get up to on religious holidays, we give you the tidbits tantalizing Arabs and Muslims in the privacy of their own homes.

Yallah! The Arab anaconda don’t want some unless you got Wi-fi hun! Brace yourselves for some hard home truths about the porn habits relieving users from regional tensions!

 

Do Arabs need to get out more? Or is Arab online porn consumption quite average? See what you think of the porn habit that's not died a death in the holy lands just yet! 

 

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