Tablet shipments to the MEA region fell by 5.8 per cent year-on-year to 3.83 million units in the first quarter of 2015.
The tablet PC has established itself as a must-have device in just five years with more than half of UK homes now owning one.
Worldwide shipments of tablets and 2-in-1 devices are forecast to reach 221.8 million units in 2015, a decline of 3.8 per cent from 2014.
Shipments of tablets and 2-in-1 devices fell more than 20 per cent year-on-year in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) in the first quarter of 2015, due in part to the negative economic situations in Russia and Ukraine and the strength of the U.S. dollar relative to the depreciation of their local currencies.
The global tablet market continues to show signs of slowing down, with IDC scaling back its five-year forecast and predicting that global shipments would increase by just 2.1 per cent to 234.5 million in 2015.
Worldwide tablet shipments recorded a year-on-year decline for the first time in Q4 2014, but increased over the year as a whole.
The consensus among analysts appears to be that 2014 was a terrible year for tablet sales, but opinions seem to differ over the outlook for the mobile devices in 2015.
Around 16 per cent of adults who access the Internet via a mobile device say they use LTE (or 4G) networks, with a similar percentage saying they typically connect via Wi-Fi. However, 3G remains the dominant form of connectivity with a 36 per share.
After a difficult year in 2014, the global tablet market is not returning to the levels of growth seen in the last four years as demand for tablets will continue to be slow in 2015 according to latest research from Gartner.
While shipments of Android tablets in MEA increased 47 per cent year on year in the third quarter of 2014, iOS and Windows OS both suffered declines over the same period.