Archive for June, 2008

Arabic Version Of StartUpArabia Officially Launched

Monday, June 30th, 2008

One of the points many people asked for after the official launch of StartUpArabia back in April is an Arabic version, insisting on how important they thought it was. I couldn’t agree more, and it was always one of the main points in my plans for StartUpArabia; and so my answer was always that it [...]

MBC Group & CDC Games Partner On Arabic Online Gaming Portal

Sunday, June 29th, 2008

MBC Group recently partnered with CDC Games, a global market leader in online gaming and distribution based in China, to develop and launch an Arabic online gaming web portal which will include a portfolio of massive multi-player online games (MMPOG/MMPORG), in both English and Arabic. MBC Group aims to reproduce the success of the online [...]

ICANN Approves Big Changes To Internet Addressing System

Saturday, June 28th, 2008

A couple of days ago, the Board of ICANN approved a recommendation that could see a whole range of new names introduced to the Internet’s addressing system. Presently, users have a limited range of 21 top level domains to choose from — names that we’ve all come to know well like .com, .org, .info; in [...]

Leading Arab Job Site Bayt.com Crowdsource New Design Online

Friday, June 27th, 2008

Bayt.com, the leading job site in the Arab world, are looking to give their website a facelift, and instead of fully doing it in-house or going to some design company to work on it for them, they’ve decided to try and crowdsource the design online. From their side, they’ve done a lot of thinking and [...]

Middle East & Africa Online Ad Spending Will Grow 29.8% By 2011

Thursday, June 26th, 2008

IDC: Global Online Ad Spending to Hit $106B in 2011 Marketers worldwide will increase their spending in online ads at a 15 percent to 20 percent clip in the coming years, a growth rate that is “phenomenal,” IDC said Wednesday. This year, global spending in online ads will reach US$65.2 billion, or about 10 percent [...]

meOwns Launch New Version, Redesign & More Features

Thursday, June 26th, 2008

meOwns, the social web application that enables users to publish personal collections of the different things they own, that was previously reviewed here, just launched the new version of their service, with a new design and a set of new features and enhancements. The new layout and design, brings increased usability throughout the website and [...]

John Osher: 17 Mistakes Start-ups Make

Wednesday, June 25th, 2008

John Osher is a “serial entrepreneur” who has developed literally hundreds of consumer products, from energy saving devices to baby products, toys and candy, and household appliances. He has built and sold several successful businesses to major companies and is most popularly known as the guy who brought the “five dollar electric toothbrush” to the [...]

Shoof TV, Arab Media Group’s Video Sharing Service

Wednesday, June 25th, 2008

Shoof TV is an Arab video sharing website, which was intially launched by Arab Media Group, one of the largest media companies in the UAE, back in April 2007. The site’s content is user-generated, with videos submitted from users all over the Middle East. Users can upload files in several popular video formats, with file [...]

Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Foundation & PICTI Sign MoU

Tuesday, June 24th, 2008

Dubai’s Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Foundation and the Palestine Information and Communications Technology Incubator (PICTI) have signed a memorandum of understanding to work together on projects and opportunities for economic development. Under the MoU, the two organizations will be co-operating on initiatives aiming to encourage young entrepreneurs in the region and across the Arab [...]

What do you think is the biggest challenge for Arab online startups? [Poll]

Monday, June 23rd, 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 asks: What do you think is the biggest challenge for Arab online startups? What do you think stands in the way of their success? What is holding them [...]

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