Archive for March, 2009

Google Ventures, Google’s New Venture Capital Fund

Tuesday, March 31st, 2009

Google, which has invested in many startups over the years, just announced the launch of Google Ventures, its new venture capital fund. Google Ventures is expected to invest up to $100 million over the next 12 months. It will be overseen by David Drummond, who will continue in his role as senior vice president of [...]

Ruwad: The First Entrepreneur Focused Publication In Oman

Monday, March 30th, 2009

To promote entrepreneurship in the Sultanate of Oman, a new publication titled ‘Ruwad’ will be launched as a special presentation of Alam Aliktisaad Wala’mal, the leading Arabic business magazine of Oman. United Press & Publishing, the publisher of Alam Aliktisaad Wala’mal signed an agreement with Intilaaqah (the social investment programme of Shell) and Sharakah (owned [...]

Restaurant Review Service Qaym Releases New Version

Tuesday, March 24th, 2009

Qaym, the Arab website for user generated restaurant and coffee shop reviews, that was previously reviewed here, recently celebrated the launch of it’s new redesigned interface and additional features. Qaym is an online project through which users rate and review restaurants and coffee shops, in addition to uploading pictures of them and their food items, [...]

New Version For Al-Fawaed Social Knowledge Sharing Service

Monday, March 23rd, 2009

After around a year and a half without releasing any new features, the team behind Al-Fawaed, the Arab social knowledge sharing site has gone and launched a new version of their online service. Al-Fawaed is a service that lets users share the useful and most interesting points they’ve taken away from reading a certain book or article, [...]

Filaty Arab File Sharing Service Launches Mobile Version

Sunday, March 22nd, 2009

Filaty, the Arab direct file sharing service, which was previously reviewed here, has just launched a mobile version of its service, making it possible for users to upload and share files directly from their mobile phones and devices. By introducing this service, Filaty hopes to make it easier for people to use the service from anywhere, [...]

Ayna Launches Free Mobile Mapping Service For The Arab World

Tuesday, March 17th, 2009

After launching their online mapping service last year, Ayna has gone on and launched the first locally produced Arabic and English mobile mapping service as promised. The application, unveiled this month, uses GPS technology on the latest-generation mobile phones to give directions and maps to points of interest from the user’s location. According to Mazen Halawi, [...]

Oman Internet Users Spent US$ 236 Million Online In 2008

Monday, March 16th, 2009

A new Arab Advisors’ survey of Oman’s Internet users revealed that 40.2% of adult Internet users in Oman have used e-commerce services, spending US$ 236 million in e-commerce transactions in 2008.

Berytech Entrepreneurs Forum, BIEL, Lebanon (May 21-22, 2009)

Sunday, March 15th, 2009

Berytech announced the launch of the Berytech Entrepreneurs Forum with the support of Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Foundation (MBRF), to take place on May 21, 22, 2009 at the Pavillon Royal of the Beirut International Exhibition & Leisure Center (BIEL), Lebanon.

Survey: Traffic Transparency Would Help Internet Advertising

Friday, March 13th, 2009

A recent survey shows that 87% of those involved in advertising or marketing for their organisations in the Middle East said that transparency in website visitor numbers and profiles of visitors would be influential in increasing their usage of the Internet for advertising.

Google Announces G-Pals Day 2009 In Palestine

Thursday, March 12th, 2009

Google announced that upon invitation by the Palestine Information & Communications Technology Incubator (PICTI) and Palestinian IT Association (PITA), with support from UPP and USAID, it will be offering specialized training days in Ramallah (West Bank), aiming to spur economic development in Palestine. The event will be held over a two day period (March 24 – 25, 2009); the [...]

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