Archive for April, 2008

Do Arab Startups Really Need An Arabic Interface? [Poll]

Wednesday, April 30th, 2008

A new poll has gone live on StartUpArabia, you can find it on the first sidebar on the right or vote straight from this post. This poll’s question is quite specific to Arab startups, and it asks: Do Arab startups really need an Arabic interface? Is it really a necessity? For each and every startup? [...]

Otlob, Free Online Food Ordering Service

Wednesday, April 30th, 2008

Otlob is a free online food ordering service that was first launched in Egypt back in 1999, and which has expanded to three other countries in the Middle East ever since: Saudi Arabia (Riyadh & Jeddah), United Arab Emirates (Dubai) and Bahrain. Otlob provides its users with the complete menus of their favorite restaurants, enabling [...]

Is It Important For Startups To Have Blogs? [Poll Results]

Tuesday, April 29th, 2008

In the first poll on StartUpArabia, the question to the readers was: Do you think it’s important for startups to have blogs? The result of reader voting came out as follows: – 85% of readers thought it is definitely important for startups to have blogs. – 15% of the readers thought that it wasn’t really [...]

Muslim Heritage Images; Manuscripts, Artwork, People & Architecture

Tuesday, April 29th, 2008

Dubai based Muslim Heritage Consulting recently launched the world’s first Muslim history image library online. The library, at includes manuscripts from the 10th Century as well as contemporary images of people, architecture and museum artifacts. Collections telling the story of Muslim civilisation have been brought together from museums, archives and private collections across the [...]

Almost One Million Egyptians Have Broadband Internet Access

Monday, April 28th, 2008

In a new survey of connectivity among Egyptian urban households, titled ‘Egypt Households Telecoms and Media Survey Report 2008‘, in which the Arab Advisors Group sampled 700 households in urban areas of the country, the results show almost a million Egyptian households have access to broadband connections. According to official figures from the Ministry of [...]

Language Analytics Release Yamli API

Monday, April 28th, 2008

Language Analytics, the company behind Yamli, the really cool web-based tool that solves the problem of Arab users who don’t have an Arabic keyboard or who aren’t as comfortable typing in Arabic, by enabling them to type Arabic words out phonetically using English characters, and then converts these transliterations into Arabic characters, have recently released [...]

Startup Tips Straight From The Entrepreneurs eBook

Sunday, April 27th, 2008

A really interesting eBook I came across recently, and that is very useful for any entrepreneur, is the CenterNetworks Startup Tips Month eBook, that was published by CenterNetworks of course, and that holds hundreds of tips by a diverse set of entrepreneurs, all in one easy-to-print 40+ page pdf. The eBook contains insightful tips from [...]

MBC iMatter, First Social Networking Site For Arab Women

Saturday, April 26th, 2008

Saudi media giant MBC Group have made a new online move, this time aimed at Arab women, in the form of a new social networking site for Arab women, called iMatter, that was just launched a couple of days ago. iMatter invites Arab women to join an online community tailored to their needs and that [...]

Twffaha, Job Portal For Arab Women

Friday, April 25th, 2008

Twffaha, a new service based in Sudan, and founded by Sudanese entrepreneur Ashraf Mansoor, has recently launched in private beta, promoting itself as the first job site devoted to recruiting women in the Middle East. The aim of the service is to empower Arab women, and address the problem of women unemployment in the region, [...]

Microsoft And LINKdotNET Launch New MSN Maghreb Portal

Thursday, April 24th, 2008

Microsoft has launched a new French-language portal for its MSN service, called MSN Maghreb, geared towards the Arab Maghreb region which will provide the latest news and entertainment for users in Morocco, Tunisia and Algeria. The project is a joint venture with LINKdotNET, a subsidiary of Orascom, with which they already launched MSN Arabia in [...]

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