Archive for July, 2008

What audience should Arab startups target? [Poll]

Thursday, July 31st, 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 addresses the question of target audience for Arab startups, and it asks: What audience should Arab startups target? Should they go global? Should they concentrate on the region? [...]

Madar Research Reports Growth In Online Advertising Spend

Wednesday, July 30th, 2008

Madar Research reports that online advertising spend in the GCC-Levant region registered a growth twice the global rate in 2007. Travel/Hospitality and Real Estate sectors emerged as top online advertising spenders in the region during the past year with a combined outlay comprising nearly half (45%) of the total online spend. As in previous years, [...]

Ayna Launches Beta Of Online Map Service for the Middle East & North Africa

Tuesday, July 29th, 2008

A few days ago, Arab search engine Ayna launched a beta version of Ayna Maps, a service that provides interactive maps of places and businesses for all major Arab capitals in the Middle East and North Africa region. Ayna is one of the first Arabic search engines in the region, and now aims to grow [...]

New And Improved Version Of Araby Directory

Monday, July 28th, 2008

Towards the end of 2007, Arabic search engine “Araby” bought popular Arab website directory “Eyoon” in order to integrate it as a service of Araby; Araby Directory was officially launched in early 2008. The goal behind Araby Directory is to add the number of useful services for Araby users, as well as grow the user [...]

Qatar Living, Community Portal About Living In Qatar

Sunday, July 27th, 2008

Qatar Living is an online community portal that was founded in 2005, and that has grown over the years to become a central point for information on everything related to Qatar. The portal was built around the goal to facilitate connection, participation and sharing of knowledge and experience between members of the community; in order [...]

Al Jazeera Labs Launched To Showcase New Media Group’s Innovative Developments

Saturday, July 26th, 2008

Al Jazeera recently launched Al Jazeera Labs, a website that showcases some of the most innovative developments coming out of Al Jazeera’s New Media group; including new ways of interaction, and the possibility to get the news anytime, anywhere, anyhow. From the Al Jazeera iPhone and facebook applications, to their podcasts and YouTube channel, to [...]

The Art of Online Advertising, Adwords and Analytics Seminar – July 28th – Amman, Jordan

Saturday, July 26th, 2008

The Queen Rania Center for Entrepreneurship and Google have announced a seminar titled “The Art of Online Advertising, Adwords and Analytics“, by Google AdWords Account Manager Elias Darwish, that will be taking place on July 28th (5 PM) at the Loay Shammout auditorium in The Princess Sumaya University for Technology in Al Jubeiha, Amman (Jordan). [...]

Winning (Jack Welch)

Friday, July 25th, 2008

One of the really interesting books I read about management is “Winning” by Jack Welch, Chairman and CEO of General Electric between 1981 and 2001, who transformed the industrial giant from a sleepy “Old Economy” company with a market capitalization of $4 billion to a dynamic new one worth nearly half a trillion dollars. “Winning” [...]

Next: The Simple, Intuitive And Limited To-Do List Application

Thursday, July 24th, 2008

A couple of days ago, as covered here, the teams from SpinBits and CloudAppers launched a really interesting and exciting experiment called Zero2Beta, focused on intense design and development of a useful web application from concept to launch in a couple of days, and releasing it to the public. The first application in this experiment, code-named [...]

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

Thursday, July 24th, 2008

In the latest poll on StartUpArabia, the question to the readers was: What do you think is the biggest challenge for Arab online startups? The result of reader voting came out as follows: Out of 62 readers who responded to the poll: – 32% of them think that the main challenge for Arab startups is [...]

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