Archive for 2009

Arab Auction Portal Souq.com Launches Operations In Egypt

Tuesday, December 22nd, 2009

Souq.com, the Arab online auctions company, that is a subsidiary of Jabbar Internet Group, has officially launched operations in another country in the region: Egypt. The Egyptian version of Souq.com is available in both Arabic and English, hoping to tap into one of the biggest internet markets in the Arab world in terms of number [...]

Photojonet Shuts Down, To Be Relaunched Under New Name

Saturday, December 19th, 2009

Photojonet, the online photo service that was launched from Jordan, to provide digital photo printing services at good prices, and was previously reviewed here, was shut down all of a sudden a few days ago. The service’s twitter account then promised a new version would be up under a new name soon. We got in [...]

TwitVid Launches Real-Time Video Search, Virtual Gifts & Analytics

Thursday, December 17th, 2009

TwitVid, the service that enables people to easily and quickly post their videos for sharing on Twitter, and that was previously reviewed here, just recently announced the launch of a number of new interesting features. The new set of announced features is as follows: Real-time video search: Over the past period, with the continuing accelerated [...]

CERT-Wharton Entrepreneurial Planning & Innovation Competition (EPIC)

Tuesday, December 15th, 2009

For the first time in the Middle East, the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and the Centre of Excellence for Applied Research and Training (CERT), have partnered to launch a business plan competition for young entrepreneurs. The CERT-Wharton “Entrepreneurial Planning and Innovation Competition (EPIC)” is open to all students from accredited academic institutions [...]

LiveTweeting, Real-Time Event Coverage With Crowdsourced Translation

Wednesday, December 9th, 2009

LiveTweeting is a new real-time interactive web application that was launched as a tool for multi-language live coverage of events around the world, based around the popular micro blogging service twitter. The way it works is that a group of people present at a certain event would tweet their updates covering the event as it [...]

LancersCafe: A New Freelance & Outsourcing Portal For The Arab World

Tuesday, December 8th, 2009

LancersCafe is a new freelance and outsourcing portal for the Arab world, launched to manage the relation between companies and individuals who need to hire a freelancer to get a job done and the freelancers themselves. The idea is one that has been applied globally a number of times by sites like RentACoder and Elance. [...]

Abraaj Capital Acquires Riyada Ventures To Lead New SME Push

Tuesday, November 24th, 2009

Abraaj Capital, the Dubai-based private equity firm has announced that it has signed a deal to fully acquire Riyada Ventures, the venture capital firm based in Jordan. The acquisition is at the core of a new push by Abraaj into the small and medium enterprise (SME) space, which is aimed at stimulating and supporting entrepreneurial [...]

Egyptian Mrrha Acquired By UAE Company Creative Solutions

Wednesday, November 18th, 2009

Mrrha, an Arab online service  that was launched from Egypt around a simple idea to allow users to upload a file and mirror it directly on up to five popular uploading sites of choice, has been acquired by Emirati company Creative Solutions. Mrrha was launched in November 2008 by brothers Mahmoud and Ahmed El-Masoudy from Egypt, aiming to [...]

UAE Based NeuString Receives Investment From Intel Capital

Wednesday, November 18th, 2009

Intel Capital, Intel Corporation’s global investment arm, earlier announced an investment in NeuString, a leading UAE-based telecommunications analyst software company, further reaffirming Intel Capital’s commitment to investing in the region. The funding from Intel Capital is to assist NeuString in pursuing regional growth and development plans in addition to extending the company’s product offerings. NeuString [...]

Yahoo! Maktoob Acquisition Deal Completed

Thursday, November 12th, 2009

The Yahoo! – Maktoob acquisition deal that was announced last August, has officially closed today at noon (UAE time). It had already been announced upon signing the definitive agreement back in August that the deal was expected to be sealed in the fourth quarter of the year. So starting noon today, Maktoob.com and all its [...]

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