(Part of the full ‘State of the Global Islamic Economy Report 2013‘)
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Media and recreation catering to Muslim consumers is taking-of. Awakening Records, a Islamic media company, representing rising global Islamic media star Maher Zain, has distribution deals with Sony Music, Warner Music and Universal Music. The 99 is a comic book series with the first group of superheroes born of an Islamic archetype with a high quality animation series airing in over 70 countries.
This Report estimates Muslim population globally to have spent a total of $151 billion on ‘recreation & culture’1 products and services in 2012. This represents 4.6% of global expenditure and is expected to reach $205 billion by 2018. Top countries with Muslim consumers’ recreation consumption (based on 2012 data) are Iran ($12 billion), Turkey ($10.2 billion), United States ($10.2 billion), France ($9 billion), and Saudi Arabia ($8.4 billion.)
Additionally, for Media/ Recreation sector, the Report covers:
- Key challenges & specific opportunities
- Convergence opportunities among Islamic economy sectors
- Innovation Imperative
- Industry Interviews
- Centers of the Islamic Economy
- Strategy Frameworks & Checklists
 Recreation & Culture as defined by World Bank’s International Comparison Program is a broad category that includes movies, theater, music, television subscription and equipment, sports equipment and activities, outdoor recreation, toys, art galleries, museums, parks, magazines, newspapers, and books.