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Middle East and Africa Open API Market Size, Share & Trends Analysis Report By Application (Media & Entertainment, Government, Education & Financial Institutions, BFSI, IT & Telecommunication, Healthcare & Life Sciences, Others), By Product (Web API, Local API, Program API) and By Country(UAE, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Egypt, Nigeria, Rest of MEA) Forecasts, 2023-2031

Report Code: SRTE34408DR
Study Period 2019-2031 CAGR 10.8%
Historical Period 2019-2021 Forecast Period 2023-2031
Base Year 2022 Base Year Market Size USD 42 Million
Forecast Year 2031 Forecast Year Market Size USD 111 Million
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Market Overview

The Middle East and Africa open API market size was valued at USD 42 million in 2022 and is projected to reach USD 111 million by 2031, registering a CAGR of 10.8% % during the forecast period (2023-2031).


  • The web API segment dominated the market by product. 
  • BFSI dominated the market based on application.

API stands for application programming interface and is an essential component of software developers' technology. It is also commonly known as a public API or open-source technology, but open-source technology and an open API are distinct. The interface component of an API is a system that enables two or more software programs to communicate and interact without encountering any communication issues.

Open Application Programming Interface (API) or external API is a form of Application Programming Interface (API) readily accessible to third-party developers or with limited restrictions. Open API assists developers in integrating APIs with open-source data and associated services for application development. Notable end-users of the open API include the IT and telecommunications industry, banking, financial services, insurance (BFSI), and healthcare. It is also acquiring prominence in the travel and tourism sector, government and education, media and entertainment, energy and utility, and the media and entertainment industry. The Open API is designed to be readily accessible to third-party developers.

Market Dynamics

Middle East and Africa Open API Market Drivers

The E-commerce Industry's Reliance on APIs as a Foundation

According to data released by insiderintelligence.com, the e-commerce industry has experienced exponential development over the past few decades. In 2022, the global e-commerce market was anticipated to tally USD 5.7 trillion. This number is anticipated to rise over the next few years, demonstrating the increasing success of borderless e-commerce for online retailers. In 2017, online purchases accounted for only 17.8% of total sales, a percentage that is projected to increase by 3% to 20.8% by 2023. In addition, it is anticipated that growth will continue, reaching 23% by 2025, a 5.2-percentage point increase in just five years.

Middle East and Africa Open API Market Restraints

Security Constraints

The uncertainty and security vulnerabilities of third-party applications are among the most significant restraints on the global application programming interface market. Since third-party developers now have access to the company's API, the threat levels and opportunities for cybercriminals to exploit banking systems and online payment vulnerabilities have increased. The APIs that communicate with back-end systems and transmit data contain inherent flaws. In addition, their constant Internet use makes them simple to investigate. Insecure web browsers also leave the API and UI vulnerable to attack.

Lack of Industry-Wide Consistency

The open banking, IT and telecom, and retail sectors have created a tremendously lucrative opportunity for open API usage. In 2021, Omdia surveyed payment issuers/acquirers about their organization's attitudes and plans regarding real-time payments and the creation of open APIs; more than 70% of respondents agreed that they view third-party developers and third-party providers (TPPs) as a new customer base and that their organization has a clear strategy regarding open APIs. This is a positive development, but providers are nearly equally likely to be concerned about the security of alternative payments. More than sixty percent of respondents are concerned about the security of open APIs, likely due to rising data protection regulations.

Middle East and Africa Open API Market Opportunities

Demand Increasing for Real-Time Payment Systems

The need for data management and operations transparency is increasing in the contemporary digital era. This circumstance has created an urgent need for real-time payment systems and technology. This model no longer exists. Previously, the FTP server converted transactional data into batch files for sharing and access. Consequently, there is a rising demand for a public API that serves as a foundation for real-time data exchange. BBVA, for example, is a leader in this field because it has effectively published its entire banking infrastructure on the Internet so that other companies can innovate. This change reflects the software industry's broader shift from products to platforms, which enables problems to be solved more quickly, efficiently, and comprehensively.

Increasing Emphasis on Developing Customer-Centric Products and Services

Companies worldwide exert additional effort to comprehend customer needs and efficiently meet them. With the increasing intensity of competition in all industries, both large and small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are attempting to assess consumer needs and meet them accordingly. In addition, the growing number of third-party mobile applications is a major factor propelling the growth of the Open API Market over the forecast period. SaaS and hybrid cloud-based API deployments are increasing.

Regional Analysis

The Middle East and Africa open API market is segmented based on the country into South Arabia, South Africa, Kuwait, and the Rest of the Middle East and Africa. South Arabia dominates the market and is expected the expand at a CAGR of 10.5% during the forecast period.

Although the sector is expanding slowly in Africa, regulators and institutions are becoming more receptive to sharing consumer data with fintech companies. Open banking, this novel concept, is typically described as a game-changer by fintech experts and payment executives because it enables greater convenience and customization in the delivery of banking services.

African FinTech firms have expanded their services throughout the continent due to increased investment. The potential is tremendous, especially in sub-Saharan Africa, a region traditionally with limited access to financial services. Nigeria, the continent's largest economy with a population of nearly 210 million, garnered over 60 percent of Africa's inbound FinTech investment in 2021. Still, over fifty percent of Nigerians lack a bank account.

Report Scope

Report Metric Details
By Type
  1. On-premise
  2. Cloud-based
By Application
  1. Media & Entertainment
  2. Government
  3. Education & Financial Institutions
  4. BFSI
  5. IT & Telecommunication
  6. Healthcare & Life Sciences
  7. Others
Company Profiles Apigee Corp International Business Machines Corporation Google Inc. Twilio Orange SA Wipro Limited SAP SE Visa Inc.
Geographies Covered
Middle East and Africa UAE Turkey Saudi Arabia South Africa Egypt Nigeria Rest of MEA
Report Coverage Revenue Forecast, Competitive Landscape, Growth Factors, Environment & Regulatory Landscape and Trends
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Segmental Analysis

The Middle East and Africa open API market is segmented based on product and application.

Based on product, the open API market is segmented into– Web API, Local API, and Program API.

The web API dominates the market and is expected to grow at a CAGR of 11.3% during the forecast period.

Based on application, the open API market is segmented into– BFSI, government, media and entertainment, IT and telecom, healthcare and life science, and others.

BFSI dominated the market and is expected to register a CAGR of 11.9% over the forecast period.

Market Size By Type

Market Size By Type
  • On-premise
  • Cloud-based
  • Recent Developments

    • November 2022- Axway announced new data from its inaugural Open Everything Strategy Survey Report. Nearly 40% of firms are in the process of adopting a new hybrid approach for their IT infrastructure, according to a poll of almost 1,000 IT leaders, architects, and developers about their digital strategies and top issues.
    • November 2020- Twilio acquired Segment.io, Inc., the market-leading customer data platform. Segment.io provides businesses with a unified customer view to understand their customers better and engage more effectively, enabling us to drive personalization at scale.

    Key Players

    Middle East and Africa Open API Market Share of Key Players

    Middle East and Africa Open API Market Share of Key Players
    Apigee Corp International Business Machines Corporation Google Inc. Twilio Orange SA Wipro Limited SAP SE Visa Inc. Others

    Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

    What is the market size of Middle East and Africa open API?
    The market size of Middle East and Africa open API was valued at USD 111 billion by 2031.
    The E-commerce industry's reliance on APIs as a foundation is the key driver for the growth of the Middle East and Africa market.
    The web API segment is the leading segment for the market during the forecast period.
    The key players in the Middle East and Africa market include Apigee Corp, Google Inc., Twilio, Orange SA, Wipro Limited, SAP SE, Visa Inc.
    The Middle East and Africa market growing at a CAGR of 10.8% from (2023–2031).

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