Archive for August, 2009

What major obstacle did you face while looking to fund your project? [Poll]

Monday, August 31st, 2009

A new poll has gone live on StartUpArabia, you can find it on the sidebar on the right or vote straight from this post. This poll is more targeted at startups and entrepreneurs who have sought funding for their project/business at one point or another, and tries to determine what kinds of obstacles they faced [...]

Twtlens: An Easy Way To Create Your Own Twitter Aggregator

Sunday, August 30th, 2009

Twtlens is a new service that allows you to create your own twitter aggregator (or lens as they call it) around any group or community of users that have something in common (location, work, interests, passions, etc.), as a means to have direct access to the community pulse, and tap into what’s on their minds [...]

NaqaTube: A “Purified” Collection Of YouTube Videos

Thursday, August 27th, 2009

NaqaTube is a service that was launched a couple of months ago from Saudi Arabia, and that aims to offer a clean alternative to YouTube, preventing youth from watching profane or sexually explicit video clips online. (The word ‘Naqa’ means ‘pure’ in Arabic.) The site features a collection of “clean” and edited clips from YouTube, [...]

Nokia’s Ramadan Applications Available On Ovi Store

Thursday, August 27th, 2009

A couple of weeks ago, and in the lead up to the Muslim Holy Month of Ramadan this year, Nokia launched a set of new and updated free Ramadan applications that can be downloaded through its Ovi Store on compatible mobile devices. This comes after the success Nokia’s Ramadan applications saw last year, with well [...]

Jeeran Launches French Version Targeting Maghreb

Wednesday, August 26th, 2009

Jeeran, one of the Arab world’s leading user-generated content portals, have just launched a new French version of their portal. This move aims to make Jeeran’s services more accessible for users in the Arab Maghreb region, where the French language is widely used offline and online, in an attempt to widen their reach and grow [...]

Jabbar Internet Group: The New Group & Its Companies

Tuesday, August 25th, 2009

In the previous post about Yahoo! acquiring Maktoob, there was a brief paragraph about what will happen to the rest of the Maktoob Group. Here, we’ll get into more details about what’s next for the group and its companies. A new group entity has been setup under the name ‘Jabbar Internet Group’, to group the [...]

Yahoo! Maktoob: It’s Official, Yahoo! Acquiring Largest Arab Community Maktoob

Tuesday, August 25th, 2009

After months of rumors and speculation by many in the Arab internet industry, today the news is confirmed and made public officially: Yahoo! is acquiring Maktoob.com, making its big step into the Arab world by acquiring the biggest online Arab community. A press conference was held at the Fairmont Hotel in Dubai to announce the [...]

Growing Internet Usage In The Middle East & North Africa

Monday, August 24th, 2009

Access to the Internet has been expanding dramatically in the Middle East and North Africa over the past years. A new study by Euromonitor International provides some interesting general key indicators, as well as some indicators on the effect of this growth on the business environment, government and future prospects. The following is a selection [...]

Bezaat, A New Classifieds Portal For The Arab World

Monday, August 24th, 2009

Bezaat is a new free Arabic classifieds portal that was just launched out of Dubai in its beta version, and targeting all Arab countries and their major cities. Even though there are local classifieds sites around the Arab world, with different levels of success, there hasn’t been one that covers the whole region and that [...]

Wheels Express, Another Take At E-Commerce In Jordan

Sunday, August 23rd, 2009

Wheels Express is a newly launched Jordanian e-commerce portal, taking another hit at cracking the e-commerce nut in the Arab world. The company’s activity lies somewhere between an online shopping portal and an offline delivery service; providing a catalog of products covering DVDs, books, magazines, t-shirts, tickets, snacks, pre-paid mobile cards and more; and delivering orders [...]

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