Yamli Launches New Smart Arabic Search Engine Features

| Dec 16, 2008 | comment 8 Comments

Yamli Search

Yamli, the startup based in Cambridge, MA, that is funded by ex-Googlers, and that specializes in smart transliteration technologies for the Arabic Web, just unveiled its new search engine that allows users to easily search Arabic content in all its forms.

Various studies show that transliterated Arabic content is ubiquitous due to a large portion of Arabic internet users choosing to write Arabic phonetically using Latin characters in an ad-hoc and informal fashion. Yamli automatically expands Arabic keyword searches to include all of their transliterated variations and returns results for both Arabic and transliterated content. This feature is a breakthrough for Arabic Internet users who are frustrated with having to repeatedly search different variations of their query when searching for music, news or videos.

According to co-founder Habib Haddad, “The challenge with Arabic content is that it’s hard to reach all of it. For example, a simple search for ‘Umm Khulthum’, the famous Egyptian signer, has over 90 transliterated variations – Om Kaltoum, Oum Kalsoum, etc…. Yamli will take an Arabic search term and expand it to include all transliterated variations, returning the maximum number of relevant search results, regardless of whether Arabic or Latin characters were used to write the content. Prior to Yamli, that kind of search was not possible,” concluded Haddad.

Yamli comes with a rich and easy-to-use interface that has been optimized for slower connections. Under the hood, Yamli uses APIs from proven search engines such as Google, Microsoft Live Search and YouTube. Yamli Search also includes Yamli’s award-winning Editor that allows users to type Arabic without an Arabic keyboard.

According to one of the early ex-Googlers Georges Harik, “The web is universal, and speakers of every language should get equal access to information. Yamli continues to do a great job of extending access to information to all Arabic speakers,” concluded Georges Harik who is also an investor in Yamli.

Yamli’s new search engine was first announced at Harvard Business School’s MENA Conference on Saturday, December 4th during a panel discussion on Entrepreneurship in the MENA region in which co-founder Habib Haddad participated.

StartUpArabia got access to test Yamli’s new expanded search features early on, and got to follow the development of the product up until today’s official release; and what truly stands out is how helpful and time-saving the service really is, how simply it is integrated in the interface, and how fast it all actually works.

You can try the new Yamli Search for yourself at http://www.yamli.com/

And here’s a little demo video demonstrating how the new search features work.

  • http://houblog.net Houssein

    very impressive!

  • http://houblog.net Houssein

    very impressive!

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  • http://www.za3tar.net/ za3tar

    I tried it and it is so cool!

    However i feel i have to make a small minor correction. What Yamli did isn’t technically a search engine as they are not doing the web crawling and indexing like Google or Araby.com do. Instead they are providing a cool new interface to Google.com

    Other than that, it is such a nice new tool from Yamli

  • http://www.za3tar.net/ za3tar

    I tried it and it is so cool!

    However i feel i have to make a small minor correction. What Yamli did isn’t technically a search engine as they are not doing the web crawling and indexing like Google or Araby.com do. Instead they are providing a cool new interface to Google.com

    Other than that, it is such a nice new tool from Yamli

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  • Sam

    Cool !!! and Zaatar, I think there is much to it then a cool interface … for me, searching in arabic especally for multimedia has always been a pain but it seems that Yamli are the only guyz who solve this problem for me … They provide much more accurate and numerous results ! Way to go ! Also the interface is very cool !

  • Sam

    Cool !!! and Zaatar, I think there is much to it then a cool interface … for me, searching in arabic especally for multimedia has always been a pain but it seems that Yamli are the only guyz who solve this problem for me … They provide much more accurate and numerous results ! Way to go ! Also the interface is very cool !

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